Finally and at last! It’s done! And it will be coming our way this year.
The Guardian broke the news first, in their indispensable overview of forthcoming books: 2020 in Books: A Literary Calendar.
Walking With Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne (Picador)
The Irish actor writes a memoir of his childhood and being raised by devoutly Roman Catholic parents.
This new memoir is scheduled to be published in November by Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan.
So it seems those mornings over at the Little Cupcake Bakeshop, working on the book, with Sal serving up the coffee were a very good thing!
This is a still from the quick video of Sal and Gabriel hanging out at the Little Cupcake Bakeshop during a 2017 snowstorm, originally posted on Instagram. The video is gone now, but the shop is still there, so visit it the next time you are in NoLita, NY! heart
To get into the proper mood for Gabriel’s new book, be sure to read or, even better, listen to him read his first book, Pictures In My Head. He captures growing up in Ireland, becoming a young adult, teaching, and then becoming an actor and all the adventures involved with that amazing vocation. His tone is sometimes wistful, sometimes wickedly astute. It’s a great book and worth reading. Call it homework. It will be the most fun homework you’ve ever had.
Also, we celebrated the holidays this year with an excerpt from Gabriel’s first memoir: the chapter entitled Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
In the first section of his autobiography, published in 1994, Gabriel offered a snapshot of life in Ireland as a child and a young man. The chapter below is a vibrant and incisive look at a particular Christmas Eve in Dublin when he was in college. He captures the language, the spirit, and the place beautifully.
Read this posting to get a sense of Gabriel’s writing style, his use of colloquialisms, and his unique descriptive power.
Stay tuned for a book cover, possible news about book signings (you never know), previews, and any other news I can find about Gabriel’s new book. This is so exciting and I know we are all so happy for him, too! heart
PS. The Guardian article, 2020 in Books: A Literary Calendar, is actually a monthly calendar of literary events, awards, and planned releases of new titles. It is a great resource, so take a look. You’ll be updating your TBR* list in a flash!
*TBR = To Be Read. smile
And if you are ever on Prince Street in Nolita, in New York City, stop by the Little Cupcake Bakeshop and say hi to Sal for me!