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Reading by Caoilinn Hughes

December 1, 2023 @ 4:30 pm

Irish Writer Caoilinn Hughes leans against a stone wall. She wears her dark hair pulled back, light jeans, and a dark blue baggy jacket.
Photo credit: Robin Christian

Award-winning writer Caoilinn Hughes (The Wild Laughter) reads from her work, including an excerpt from her forthcoming novel, The Alternatives. An unforgettable family portrait, The Alternatives follows four Irish sisters who were plunged prematurely into adulthood when their parents died in tragic circumstances. Now in their thirties and living disparate lives, three are brought unexpectedly together in search of one sister who doesn’t want to be found.

Hughes will be introduced by Visiting Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professor in Irish Letters Fintan O’Toole.

Part of the fall 2023 Fund for Irish Studies lecture series.

About Caoilinn Hughes

Caoilinn Hughes is the author of The Wild Laughter (2020), which won the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award, was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and was a finalist for three other awards. Her first novel, Orchid & the Wasp (2018), won the Collyer Bristow Prize, was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, and was a finalist for four other awards. Her poetry book, Gathering Evidence (2014), won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award. For her short fiction, she has been awarded The Moth Short Story Prize, the Irish Book Awards’ Story of the Year 2020, and an O.Henry Prize. She has been Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and she holds a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her third novel, The Alternatives, is forthcoming from Riverhead in April 2024. She will be a Cullman Fellow at New York Public Library for 2023-2024.

Tickets & Details

The reading is free and open to the public. No advance tickets or registration required.


Get directions to the James Stewart Film Theater, located on the first floor at 185 Nassau Street.


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December 1, 2023
4:30 pm
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James Stewart Film Theater
185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States