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In conversation with Brighde Mullins, playwright and director, USC Masters of Professional Writing program
Seven years after the publication of the extraordinary novel After This, the National Book Award-winning author returns with Someone, a transformative novel about childhood, adolescence, motherhood and old age, deftly stitched together by McDermott’s lyrical voice. McDermott takes the stage to discuss this masterful portrait of the 20th-century Irish-American family.
Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels, including A Bigamist's Daughter, That Night, and At Weddings and Wakes a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as her first novel to be a New York Times bestseller. Her 1998 novel Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction. Her most recent works are That Night, Charming Billy, and After This. Her articles, reviews and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Redbook and elsewhere. She is currently the Richard A. Macksey Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins.
Brighde Mullins is a poet and playwright, whose works include The Bourgeois Pig, Monkey in the Middle, Fire Eater, and many others. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012, and has also won awards from United States Artists, the NEA and the Whiting Foundation for her plays. She teaches in and directs the Master of Professional Writing (MPW), a multi-genre graduate creative writing program at the University of Southern California.
Photo credit: Jamie Schoen, Epic Photography