Books for Breakfast

21: Fiction for 2021; Berryman's letters; African American poetry

January 21, 2021 Peter Sirr
Books for Breakfast
21: Fiction for 2021; Berryman's letters; African American poetry
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Welcome to Books for Breakfast in 2021! We begin the year with a look at some noteworthy fiction from new and familiar writers. Books mentioned are:

The Art of Falling  by Danielle McLaughlin
A Crooked Tree  by Una Mannion
Words to Shape My Name  by Laura McKenna
Pure Gold  by John Patrick McHugh
Snowflake  by Louise Nealon
We Are Not in the World  by Conor O’Callaghan
The Death of Francis Bacon  by Max Porter
The Dark Room  by Sam Blake
Life Sentences by Billy O’Callaghan
Nora: A Love Story of Nora and James Joyce  by Nuala O’Connor
White City  by Kevin Power
A Shock  by Keith Ridgway
Weirdo  by Zadie Smith and Nick Laird

Also mentioned was RTE’s Spoken Stories, Independence,  a collection of 12 stories where authors write about what Independence means to them.

Today's Toaster Challenge Guest is Philip Coleman, Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and co -editor of  The Selected Letters of John Berryman.  We feature a rare recording of John Berryman reading from the Dream Songs and discuss Berryman's life, work and letters. Philip's Toaster Challenge is the groundbreaking new anthology, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle edited by Kevin Young.

Intro/outro music: Colm Mac Con Iomaire, ‘Thou Shalt Not Carry’ from The Hare’s Corner, 2008, with thanks to Colm for permission to use it.

Artwork by Freya Sirr

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Intro and New fiction
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