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September 9 • 7:00 pm

Irish thriller writer Adrian McKinty comes to The Mark Twain House & Museum to discuss his latest Sean Duffy novel, The Detective Up Late, with WNPR’s Colin McEnroe.

Born in Belfast in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles,” Adrian McKinty traveled to the United States as an illegal alien, finding work in bars, on building sites, and as a Teamster driver. He married an American and became a U.S. citizen, eventually becoming a teacher in Colorado. After he moved to Australia with his wife, the Oxford-educated philosophy major turned his hand to writing novels. Although his books were acclaimed and award-winning, he found himself evicted, bartending, and driving for Uber…until his novel The Chain impacted the bestseller lists and changed his life completely.
McKinty chats with writer, broadcaster and humorist Colin McEnroe on his improbable journey and his latest sure-to-be-blockbuster, The Detective Up Late, the latest novel in his blockbuster Sean Duffy series set in Belfast.

In-Person Event: $42 for non-members, $37 for MTH&M Members (please login to access your discount). REGISTER HERE.

Admission includes a signed copy of The Detective Up Late that ticket holders will pick up at the event.




Adrian was born and grew up in a working class housing project in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the worst decades of the Troubles. He attended Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy. He fell in love with a girl there and followed her to New York City where he worked as an illegal in bars and building sites and as a Teamster driver for three years before marrying the girl and becoming a US citizen. He taught high school in Denver and Boulder before moving to Melbourne Australia where he decided to write full time. His Sean Duffy series has currently sold in excess of 250,000 copies since its debut in 2012. In the last 12 months Adrian’s books have been shortlisted for the Edgar Award, Dagger Award, Anthony Award, Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award, the Ned Kelly Award and the Prix SNCF.

Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer. He started as a radio host in 1992 and moved to CT Public in 2009 where he is the host of his eponymous radio show and podcast. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Hartford Courant, many Hearst newspapers, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Forbes FYI, Mademoiselle, Mirabella, Backpacking, Bicycling, and McSweeney’s. He teaches in the political science department at Yale. As an onstage interviewer and moderator, he has shared the stage with Stephen King, Anthony Bourdain, Joyce Carol Oates, Kurt Vonnegut, Tig Notaro, Marc Maron, Amy Tan, Bob Woodward, Tim Gunn, Alice Waters, Al Franken, Molly Ivins, Anita Hill and many others. He is allergic to penicillin. He dislikes coffee mugs that are black or any dark color. He finds them very upsetting.

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers.


September 9
7:00 pm
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The Mark Twain House & Museum
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