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Join us for a virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 6pm PT/9pm ET

Roddy Doyle
in conversation with Lorrie Moore

discussing his new collection of Stories, 
Life Without Children: Stories

TICKETS: Complimentary
This event will premiere in our YouTube channel at 6pm PT/9pm ET,

A brilliantly warm and witty portrait of our pandemic lives, told in ten heartrending short stories, from the Booker Prizewinning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of eleven acclaimed novels, including The Commitments, The Van (a finalist for the Booker Prize), Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (winner of the Booker Prize), The Woman Who Walked into Doors, A Star Called HenrySmile, and, most recently, LoveDoyle has also written several collections of stories, as well as Two Pints, Two More Pints, and Two for the Road, and several works for children and young adults, including the Rover novels. He lives in Dublin.

Lorrie Mooreis the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is the recipient of the Irish Times International Prize for Literature, a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. She has been the recipient of the Mary McCarthy Award from Bard College. Everyman’s Library published her Collected Stories in 2020. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Life Without Children: Stories
Love and marriage. Children and family. Death and grief. Life touches everyone the same. But living under lockdown, it changes us alone.
In these ten beautifully moving short stories written mostly over the last year, Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle paints a collective portrait of our strange times. A man abroad wanders the stag-and-hen-strewn streets of Newcastle, as news of the virus at home asks him to question his next move. An exhausted nurse struggles to let go, having lost a much-loved patient in isolation. A middle-aged son, barred from his mother’s funeral, wakes to an oncoming hangover of regret.
Told with Doyle’s signature warmth, wit, and extraordinary eye for the richness that underpins the quiet of our lives, Life Without Children cuts to the heart of how we are all navigating loss, loneliness, and the shifting of history underneath our feet.