November 6, 1996 (Wednesday), 8 p.m.
Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
University at Albany's Uptown Campus
Afternoon Seminar, 4:00 p.m., in Humanities 290
McGahern's works include the novels The Barracks (1963) which received two of Ireland's most prestigious literary awards, the A E. Memorial Award and the Arts Council Macauley Fellowship; The Dark (1965), which was banned in Ireland for its explicit treatment of sexual and religious subjects; The Leave Taking (1975); The Pornographer (1980); and Amongst Women (1990), which won the "Irish Times" Literary Award. His short story collections include Nightlines (1970), Getting Through (1978), High Ground (1985), and his most recent publication The Collected Stories (1993).
He gave few interviews, however. At a writing seminar in 1996 at the State University of New York at Albany, he said: "Each of us has a private world, and the only difference between the reader and the writer is that the writer has the ability to describe and dramatize that private world. As a writer, I write to see. If I knew how it would end, I wouldn't write. It's a process of discovery." - from New York Times obituary notice