There’s a new CUNY TV series that explores the works of twenty-three leading contemporary Irish and Irish-American authors of fiction, memoir, journalism, poetry, humor, and drama. “Irish Writers in America” debuted this month with National Book Award winner Colum McCann and Emmy-winning television writer Conan O’Brien, who offered candid perspectives on their careers, their families, their craft, and being Irish.
Lehman College has a strong relationship with the Irish community – CUNY established its Institute for Irish-American Studies at the College in 2000. The Institute focuses on the Irish-American Diaspora and its impact on American culture and society. In addition, the Institute in partnership with Lehman’s Irish Language Program keeps an active schedule of cultural events throughout the year with book readings, performances, and lectures.
The thirteen-part CUNY TV series profiles individuals in 12-15 minute interview segments. Guests include John Banville, Kevin Barry, Jimmy Breslin, Billy Collins, Roddy Doyle, Jennifer Egan, Anne Enright, Mannix Flynn, Pete Hamill, Mary Beth Keane, William Kennedy, Dennis Lehane, Kenneth Lonergan, Colum McCann, Malachy McCourt, Alice McDermott, Paul Muldoon, Conan O’Brien, Edna O’Brien, Joseph O’Neill, John Patrick Shanley, Colm Tóibín, and Enda Walsh.
Produced by CUNY TV, this series airs on Ch. 25.3 in the NY metro area, and cable channels 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision/Optimum), 77 (RCN), and 30 (Verizon) in NYC. Each program will air on Fridays at 9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 8:30 a.m.; and will be archived for viewing anytime at cuny.tv. In addition, the CUNY TV website will feature “web extras” of additional material not in the episodes. CUNY TV is also live-streamed for mobile, tablet and desktop viewing on Aereo.com.
Next in the series are novelists Jennifer Egan and Colm Tóibín on November 29-Dec. 1.