September 24, 2006

No Blarney in Her Story
I saw Kathy O’Beirne give a presentation about the life of a writer. This was long after her memoir “Don’t Every Tell” details became a best seller in Ireland and England. It’s the story of girls at the Magdalene laundry who were raped and abused by the nuns and priest responsible for their care. Long accused of lying or being dellusional, O’Beirne has fought critics. That could be changing. Read <http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1879888,00.html>, an essay by Henry McDonald, Ireland editor for “The Observer.”

Shafak Acquitted
Elif Shafak was finally acquitted of “insulting Turkishness” over remarks made by a fictional character in her novel “The Bastard of Istanbul.” The charges were dropped at the request of the prosecutor. Read <http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,1877748,00.html>.

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