Irish novelist Ruth Gilligan will read from and discuss her novel Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in the Huxley Theatre, New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center in downtown Albany. Earlier that same day at 4:15 p.m. Gilligan will hold an informal seminar in the Standish Room, Science Library on the University at Albany Uptown Campus. Free and open to the public, the events are sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and cosponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.
Gilligan is an Irish novelist and journalist. With her literary fiction debut, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan (2017, Tin House, U.S.), she tells the story of Jewish immigrants in Ireland. The narrative gradually weaves together three main characters whose stories are set in 1901, 1958, and 2013 to reveal the unknown history of Ireland’s Jewish community. The three stories revolve around Lithuanian Jewish immigrants who accidentally arrive in Ireland, mistaking “Cork” for “New York;” a teenager who is sent to an asylum in 1950s Ireland because he hasn’t spoken since his bar mitzvah; and a contemporary Irish woman who has emigrated to London and must decide whether or not to convert to Judaism to marry her Jewish boyfriend.
Gilligan is the author of three young adult novels, Forget (2006), Somewhere in Between (2007), and Can You See Me? (2009). At the age of 19 she was the youngest person ever to reach number one on the Irish bestsellers’ list.
Information may be obtained from the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620.