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An Evening With Alice McDermott
On Nov. 29, acclaimed author Alice McDermott talked about her work with UMB President Jay Perman and University alumni, and then signed copies of her latest novel, The Ninth Hour.
Alice McDermott, Author
Alice McDermott’s acclaimed eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Time Magazine, The Library Journal, and The Wall Street Journal named The Ninth Hour among the top 10 works of fiction in 2017.
McDermott’s seventh novel, Someone (2013), was a New York Times best-seller and a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Someone was also long-listed for the National Book Award.
Three of McDermott’s previous novels—After This, At Weddings and Wakes, and That Night—were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998 and was a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award. That Night was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
McDermott’s stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harpers, and Commonwealth. She has received the Whiting Award and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for American Literature.
In 2013, McDermott was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.