Writers as Witness: Pen, Paper and Palate Tonight


How It’s New York:  These events are the brain child of Ruda Beresford Dauphin, a New Yorker who is not Irish, but is deeply involved with film and the arts.
How It’s Irish:  The writers are Irish and it takes place at the Half King, one of New York’s nicest Irish pubs.

I reported on the last of these events and expect big things from this one too– stay tuned for a write-up.  The event is free but reservation only.  On the other hand, you could always go to the pub and eavesdrop, and/or hope someone doesn’t show up!  When I worked at Law & Order, which is down in that neighborhood, we sometimes ordered lunch from Half King.  The Champagne sorbet is worth the trip alone to 23rd and 10th (yep, down by Chelsea Piers).  The pub is owned by filmmaker Sebastian Jungr, and the food is prepared by Executive Chef Gregory Baumel. 

Most art is better with food.  And listening to great writers while you sip a good pint makes the whole thing so homey.  Better.
With Michael Collins, Susan Eisenhower, Sebastian Junger, Joseph O’Neill and Simon Winchester. Moderated by Frank Delaney
Wednesday November 30th, 2011 | 6.30pm-9.30pm
Half King (505 West 23rd Street, at 10th Avenue). Subway C, E to 23rd Street.
Tickets are free but reservations strongly suggested by calling 212 988 7520.
Space permitting

  Audiences at ‘Pen, Paper and Palate’ will also be able to enjoy a live Irish song or two from renowned tenor Robert White and dine from an Irish menu before book signings by the authors.

‘Pen, Paper and Palate’ is presented in partnership with the Irish Arts Center and is part of “Imagine Ireland,” Culture Ireland’s year long season of Irish arts in America.  More about the writers after the jump!


Michael COLLINS is a relation of the Irish Nationalist hero Michael Collins and is the acclaimed author of eight books and has been nominated for both the Booker and IMPAC prizes.

Susan E. EISENHOWER is a consultant, author and expert on relations between the Russian Federation and the USA. She is the granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower.

Sebastian JUNGER is an American author, journalist and documentarian, most famous for his best-selling, award-winning book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea  and the Oscar-nominated documentary RESTREPO.

Joseph O’NEILL is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer whose novel ‘Netherland’ was awarded the 2009 PEN/Faulkner award for Fiction.

Simon WINCHESTER is a best-selling British author, living in Massachusetts and New York City. His next book, Alice Behind Wonderland, will be published in the spring of 2012.

Frank DELANEY is a British writer, broadcaster and Booker judge who was described by NPR as ‘The Most Eloquent Man in the World’, says NPR, he has interviewed more than 3,500 of the world’s most important writers.   

Responding to and discussing the theme of ‘Writers as Witness’ the evening will be moderated by BBC host and Booker Judge Frank DELANEY and will run from 6.30pm-9.00pm at the Half King (505 West 23rd Street, at 10th Avenue. Subway C, E to 23rd St.) Tickets are free but as space is strictly limited reservations are essential and can be made by calling 212 988 7520.
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