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The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination

May 16, 2017 - A recent panel discussion at the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University featuring Peter Quinn, Kathleen Hill, Alice McDermott, and Michael O'Siadhail; Moderator: John Harrington.

St. Patrick's Day Approaches

St. Patrick's Day is approaching... quickly!

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Quogue Library


90 Quogue Street
Quogue, New York 11959

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Irish Arts Center

MONDAY - MARCH 13, 2017
7:30PM EST

553 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019

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Fordham University St. Patrick's Day Brunch & Parade


The Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, New York 11959

Peter Quinn receives 2015 Seamus Heaney Award

Apr. 6, 2015 - On Feb. 24th, the Gluckman Ireland House of New York Universityhonored the lasting achievements of two of its most esteemed members: Author Peter Quinn and Global Head of Marketing, Communications and Government Affairs at McGraw Hill Financial Ted Smyth with the Seamus Heaney Award and the Lew L. Glucksman Award respectively. Author and historian Terry Golway served as the evening's master of ceremonies and legendary journalist Pete Hamill was on hand to honor the achievements of Quinn to a star-studded audience at NYU’s Kimmel Center for Student Life. A quote from NYU's President John Sexton: " The depth and range of our two honorees reflect those of Gluckman Ireland House itself. At once a center for study, a cultural venue, and a destination for world leaders, Ireland House resonates vibrantlywith a multitude of communities, from students and neighbors at Washington Square, to expatriates and descendants of immigrants, to scholars and artists from across the globe."

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Banished Children of Eve - 20 Years Later

Jul. 7, 2014 - Overlook Press' ad in the Irish Voice for the 20th Anniversary of the publishing of Banished Children of Eve.

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Peter Quinn at the San Francisco Public Library

Mar. 9, 2014 - Peter Quinn reads from Dry Bones, the third Fintan Dunne detective novel at the San Francisco Public Library in conjunction with the Crossroads Irish-American Festival.

Peter Quinn at the San Francisco Public Library

Mario Cuomo Toasts Writer

Dec. 25, 2013 - Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo saluted his former speech­writer Peter Quinn and his newest novel “Dry Bones,” the third offering in his Detective Fintan Dunne history-mystery trilogy. FULL ARTICLE.

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The History-Mystery Man

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Dec. 10, 2013 - Irish America magazine. The author Peter Quinn, whose third and final installment of the Detective Fintan Dunne trilogy was released in October, talks to Tom Deignan.

It's been nearly 20 years since Peter Quinn's epic Banished Children of Eveem>, arguably the greatest novel of the New York Irish, was published. Over the course of 600 pages, Quinn depicts the city in all its gore and glory, as the Irish and others struggle to find a place in America, which had absorbed wave after wave of Famine immigrants, only to then be plunged into a bloody Civil War. With extraordinary attention to detail and a diverse cast of characters, Quinn presents the causes and consequences of these seismic events, including the Draft Riots of 1863, and raises important questions about the Irish, immigration, assimilation and the myth of the melting pot. FULL ARTICLE

Dry Bones reviewed on New World Review

Dec. 8, 2013 -To read the entire review by M. J. Moore CLICK HERE.

Peter Quinn's new book Dry Bones asks hard questions

Nov. 7, 2013 - Reviewer Cahir O'Doherty of Irish Central takes on Quinn's latest Fintan Dunne novel, Dry Bones:

"Collapse and crisis haunt Europe and every page of Dry Bones, as do the endless pyres of the innocent dead, in a tale that begins to put quotation marks around the "greatest generation." FULL ARTICLE.

Dry Bones in stores now

"Peter Quinn is a poet and an historian and one of our finest storytellers. He sits at the fireside of the American imagination. He can carve mystery out of mystery. The work is generous and agile and profound." - Colum McCann

"Dry Bones is a savvy, suspenseful tale of World War II espionage and Cold War skullduggery in which Fintan Dunne cements his place in the PI pantheon alongside Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade. Dunne can be misled and mishandled, but he can't be deterred. Every bit as unpredictable as Quinn's first two installments, this riveting conclusion to the trilogy leaves no doubt that Dunne is an ace of Spades who knows when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em." - William Kennedy

"From first sentence to last, Peter Quinn keeps the reader gripped. I love the simplicity of the writing: it is both subtle and intelligent. Peter Quinn is such a marvelous storyteller that sometimes it’s hard to tell fact from fiction. But you know you are in a world that is singular and compelling. Fintan Dunne is a splendid creation, a character you will remember long after you have finished this superb novel." - Gabriel Byrne

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Watch the official Dry Bones trailer here

Nov. 13, 2013 - Watch the official trailer of Peter Quinn's latest novel, Dry Bones, the finale to his highly-acclaimed Fintan Dunne trilogy.

Peter Quinn's New York

Nov. 13, 2013 - New York City: the backdrop and inspiration for Quinn's Fintan Dunne trilogy. In this clip, Quinn discusses his innate "hopeless romanticism" and life-long love affair with his beloved hometown

Mysteries: The Long Shadow Of Battle

Tom Nolan reviews Dry Bones for The Wall Street Journal

Nov. 1, 2013 - Fintan Dunne, OSS agent, is a World War I veteran and a former New York City cop. When we meet him in the opening section of Peter Quinn's intelligent and exciting historical thriller "Dry Bones" (Overlook Duckworth, 352 pages, $25.95), he's on what he hopes will be his final behind-the-lines mission in 1945 Slovakia. Dunne was once an altar boy, so he can't help but offer up an occasional Latin prayer for good luck. But he also knows: "Luck is fate's knuckleball. It has a will of its own."
To read the entire review: CLICK HERE.

The Bowery Boys of New York City blog

Sep. 4, 2013 - As a follow-up to last month's list of essential non-fiction books about New York City, here's my list of 25 favorite historical fiction novels written in the past one hundred years, using the history of the city as a backdrop for drama, mystery, fantasy and romance. Here's a hint: Peter Quinn's Banished Children of Eve made the cut! In order to see the remaining 24 books CLICK HERE.

The 20 Books Every Irish American Should Read

From May 27, 2010 - Tom Deignan, writer of the weekly Sidewalks column in the Irish Voice and author of Irish Americans, spoke at the Mid-Manhattan, West New Brighton, and Riverdale libraries last month. The occasion was Immigrant Heritage Week — celebrated yearly in New York City — a great time to remember and honor our immigrant forebears. He has quite an encyclopedic knowledge on the topic of Irish America, and this time he chose to present 20 books that he considers to be required reading for Irish Americans. To view the entire list CLICK HERE.

Peter Quinn reads from Dry Bones at the Irish Arts Center

Aug. 4, 2012 - On November 19at 7:30pm, celebrated Bronx writer Peter Quinn returns to the Irish Arts Center to read rom his latest historic novel Dry Bones, the final installment of the detective Fintan Dunne series, which centers around an ill-fated OSS mission in the Eastern front and its consequences more than a decade after World War II. Join Peter for a Q&A after his reading to learn more about his exhaustive research on World War II and the liberties a writer sometimes has to take with history. $10 IAC member | $12 non-member

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The Travel Channel - Disappearance of a Justice

Apr. 2, 2013 - Peter discusses some of the common theories surrounding the disappearance of Judge Joseph Force Crater on The Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum program.

BookTV - Robert Sullivan, My American Revolution

Jan. 7, 2013 - Robert Sullivan presents a history of the American Revolution with a focus on the middle colonies, New York, New Jersey, and portions of Pennsylvania. The author recalls the importance of the region during the War and visits several sites to document their historical significance and view the landscape today, from Washington's crossing of the Delaware to the Battle of Brooklyn. Robert Sullivan discusses his book with author Peter Quinn at the Tenement Museum in New York City.

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Telling The Irish-American Tale: A Conversation with Peter Quinn and Pierce Butler

Nov. 15, 2012 - 5:30 PM at The Francis and Ann Curran Center For American Catholic Studies - Fordham University.
O'Hare Special Collections, 4th Floor Walsh Library
Note: All lectures are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC R.S.V.P. to (718) 817-0662 or cacs@fordham.edu.

Novelists Peter Quinn and Pierce Butler will present readings of their work and discuss of the connections between their Irish Past and their American Present.

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My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78

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Oct. 24, 2012 - 6:30PM - A Tenement Museum Talk. Located at the corners of Orchard and Delancey Streets, New York, NY. Robert Sullivan investigates the invaluable roles played by New York and New Jersey during the Revolution. Writer Peter Quinn engages Sullivan in conversation, recounting the author's quixotic quest to reenact many of the period's events, including retracing the Battle of Brooklyn by boat. More info

The King of the Five Points - The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog Historical Walking Tours

Starting Fall 2012 - The Dead Rabbit - Grocery and Grog. Located at 30 Water Street in lower Manhattan, it's the brainchild of Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, who left the Connoisseur's Club at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast to try their luck overseas. Named after an 1860's street gang of Irish immigrants, once open customers can expect a combination of Irish pub culture and sophisticated cocktails spread over three floors. In addition to the restaurant's array of delicious food and signature cocktails, The Dead Rabbit is offering an ongoing historical walking tour hosted by author Peter Quinn. Tours are made by appointment only and prices are available upon request. Email ask@deadrabbitnyc.com for further information.

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On this tour, you will be immersed in the lore of the New York seafront's seamier days. Discover the gentlemen sporting lounges that stood on Lower Broadway and hear tales of the legendary bartenders that presided there. We will visit the historical sites where once stood Kit Barns' Sportsmen's Hall, The Hole In The Wall, John Allen's Dance-Hall, The Five Points Intersection, The Tweed Courthouse, Horace Greeley's Tribune Building, Tammany Hall, Barnum's Museum, The Astor House, The City Hotel, and Jerry Thomas' Saloon. Presented in Association with Tullamire Dew Irish Whiskey.

A Night With William Kennedy - Moderated by Peter Quinn.

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William Kennedy

Oct. 30th, 2012 - 6:30PM at the Irish Arts Center (IAC) - 553 West 51 Street, New York, NY. Admission is Free. This event is being hosted in association with Irish American Writers and Artists. Celebrate with us the paperback launch of Changó's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes. Kennedy will be joined in conversation by author Peter Quinn. More info

Changó's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes is a an unforgettably riotous story of revolution, romance, and redemption, set against the landscape of the civil rights movement as it challenges the legendary and vengeful Albany political machine. Journalist Daniel Quinn's epic journey carries him through the nightclubs and jungles of Cuba and into the newsrooms and racially charged streets of Albany on the day Robert Kennedy is fatally shot in 1968. The odyssey brings Quinn, and his exotic but unpredictable Cuban wife, Renata, a debutante revolutionary, face-to-face with the darkest facets of human nature and illuminates the power of love in the presence of death.

Peter Quinn - Co-Grand Marshall at this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade sponsored
by the Irish Lesbian & Gay Organization.

Feb. 29th, 2012

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One Bronx Boy Pays Tribute to Another.

Jun. 1st, 2011 - On May 9, at the Capitale (the former Bowery Savings Bank), the New Group honored essayist, comedian, lawyer, all-round mensch, Fred Wistow. As part of the tribute, Peter Quinn presented him with the Michael Mendelson Award. The award is given to those whose involvement and support continue to enable the New Group to play a significant role in energizing the Off-Broadway theater scene.

Peter Quinn to read at Garrison Keilor's Common Good bookstore in St. Paul, MN

Friday Apr. 8, 2011 - 165 Western Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN.

Considered by many to be one of the finest bookstores in the country, Peter will be reading from The Man Who Never Returned at 7:30PM. More info

America magazine article and podcast

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Mar. 1, 2011 - A piece entitled Chracter-Driven: Peter's faith—and lack thereof—helps guide my writing and my life appears in the March 14, 2011 edition of America magazine. Full story here

Accompanying the piece is a wonderful interview featuring Peter Quinn in which he discusses his storied career in speech writing, the arduous process of writing the historical novel, and other great anecdotes. Listen here

Angela Lansbury Visits Cast of Irish Rep's Banished Children of Eve

Nov. 12, 2010 - Five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury attended the Thursday, November 11 performance of Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Kelly Younger's Banished Children of Eve. Ciarán O'Reilly has directed the production, which continues through December 5. (Photo: © Kevin B. Winebold ) Full story here

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Malcolm Gets, David Lansbury, Amanda Quaid, et al.
Set for Irish Rep's Banished Children of Eve

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From Theatermania.com
Story by Andy Propst

Sept. 16th, 2010 - The Irish Repertory Theatre has announced complete casting for Kelly Younger's Banished Children of Eve, to run October 13 - December 5. Ciarán O'Reilly will direct the production, which will have choreography by Barry McNabb.

The play, adapted from Peter Quinn's bestselling novel, centers on a diverse array of New Yorkers, including minstrel performers and Tammany Hall bosses, through a few days in the summer of 1863 when the Civil War had just entered its third bloody year.

The company will feature Malcolm Gets, David Lansbury, Christopher Borger, Rory Duffy, Amber Gray, Patrice Johnson, Graeme Malcolm, Kern McFadden, Jonny Orsini, and Amanda Quaid.

The creative team will include Charlie Corcoran (scenic design), Martha Hally (costume design), Brian Nason (lighting design), Ryan Rummery and Christian Fredrickson (sound design), and Bob Flanagan (puppet design).

For more information, click here. For details on the Irish Repertory Theater's production of Banished Children of Eve click here.

Reviews for Banished Children of Eve at The Irish Rep

Review from The Playfixer by Lawrence Harbison

Irish Rep has another winner in Ciarán O'Reilly's brilliant production of Kelly Younger's Banished Children of Eve, a dramatization of the novel by Peter Quinn about the Civil War draft riots in New York. The central characters are impoverished actors, but the songwriter Stephen Foster, equally impoverished and drinking himself to death, is also part of the mix, my one quibble with the play, as he's not integrated very well into the plot.

I don't usually write about the set design, but I have to say that Charlie Corcoran's whirling modular set is the best use of Irish Rep's rather awkward space I have ever seen.

The whole thing has a very Gangs of New York feel to it. I don't mean that as a criticism though. This is a wonderful evening in the theatre and should go straight to the top of your must-see list. (from 11/4/10 ) Full review here

Review from Theatermania.com by Andy Propst (from 10/25/10 ) Full review here

Review from Huffington Post by Jennifer Farrar (from 10/26/10 ) Full review here

Review from Travalanche (from 10/29/10 ) Full review here

Review from Talk Entertainment (from 11/2/10 ) Full review here

Review from The Village Voice by Ruth McCann (from 11/3/10 ) Full review here

Review from Theaterscene.net by Victor Gluck (from 11/3/10 ) Full review here

Peter Quinn in The News

Review from Historical Novels Review by John R. Vallely (from 11/12/10 )
"Fintan Dunne's retirement life in sunny Florida has not proven very satisfying to the veteran of the NYPD and wartime service in the OSS. Bored with his leisure time, and with his wife, Dunne is enticed back into his profession by an old colleague and an enigmatic media mogul. His assignment is to solve the riddle of the disappearance of the New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Crater. The time is 1955, and the 1930 case is seemingly so cold as to make any investigation hopeless. Yet Dunne willingly plunges into New York City's winter, corrupt city and state politics, and untrustworthy colleagues to get to the bottom of the famous judge's life and the mystery surrounding his sudden disappearance. Peter Quinn has an encyclopedic knowledge of the New York of the time, and his treatment of Dunne and his challenges in finding truth in the murky waters of media and city politics are as intriguing as the Crater saga itself."

Synopsis of a review from America magazine by George W. Hunt (from 10/4/10 )
"Peter Quinn has masterfully revived the mystery of Judge Crater and the atmospherics of the Depression-era 1930s and interwoven them with clever revivals of film noir-like characters and suspense, layering mystery upon mystery in enthralling fashion... the dialogue is witty and pointed. Quinn is an unobtrusive but sure-handed guide. The chronological narrative is artfully balanced and buttressed by clever insertions of seemingly verbatim excerpts that consist of “reprints” from various magazines, newspaper articles, interviews and books. These inserts are, like the story itself, history re-imagined and contribute another layer to this novel's pleasures."

The New York Post dubs Peter Quinn's The Man Who Never Returned "required reading". click here (from 9/19/10 )

Tom Deignan's Sidewalks column from irishcentral.com featuring Peter Quinn click here (from 8/26/10 )

Q&A with Peter Quinn in the Newark Star Ledger click here (originally from 8/22/10 )

Interview with Peter Quinn in The Wall Street Journal entitled "Judge Crater and the Ever-Vanishing City" click here (originally from 8/19/10 )

Download Peter Quinn's Op Ed piece from the New York Daily News click here (from 8/6/10 )

Read Matthew Battle's review of The Man Who Never Returned from Barnes & Noble click here
(from 8/5/10 )

Peter Quinn profile from The New York Times click here (from 8/4/10 )

Peter Quinn interview on NY1 about The Man Who Never Returned and the unconfirmed fate
of Judge Joseph Crater please click here
(originally aired 7/30/10)

Upcoming Events for Peter Quinn

Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 7:30pm
Reading and Discussion at:
Common Good Bookstore
165 Western Avenue North
St. Paul, MN
Ph. 651-225-8989