Irish writer John Banville is, to put it.
Irish writer John Banville is, to put it mildly, direct. After winning the 2005 Man Booker Prize for The Sea, for example, he said, “Glad to see a work of art winning for a change,” a skewering of the Booker jury’s tendency to go mainstream. It’s just the kind of candour you want from an onstage interview. Banville hits the Brigantine Room with critic Antanas Sileika on Wednesday (March 3) to discuss his new novel, The Infinities ($32, Knopf), about a family attending to their dying patriarch in a crumbling household. A bit gloomy, yes, but those Irish writers are sure entertaining when they go live.