An intriguing announcement in today’s edition of Publishers Marketplace, the US book trade’s go-to website for the latest publishing house deals with writers:
March 19, 2015 – Patrick Radden Keefe
National Magazine Award-winning New Yorker writer and author of THE SNAKEHEAD Patrick Radden Keefe’s account chronicling the powerful echoes of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, centering on the 1972 abduction of Jean McConville, a widowed mother of ten who was dragged from her flat in front of her children by members of the IRA, who believed she was an informer, and how this act has haunted her family, the perpetrators, and a country unable to come to terms with its violent recent past, to Bill Thomas at Doubleday, in a significant deal, for publication in 2017, by Tina Bennett of William Morris Endeavor (NA).
An interesting conversation here between the New Yorker magazine’s Patrick Keefe, who wrote the recently published, much discussed, much praised and lengthy piece on Jean McConville and Gerry Adams, and Philip Gourevitch, a writer for the magazine who has specialised in covering the conflict in Rwanda. The discussion is moderated by Amy Davison.
Here is the audio preceded by the website’s intro:
The murder, in 1972, of Jean McConville, a widowed mother of ten living in Belfast, is one of the most notorious crimes committed by the I.R.A. during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Patrick Radden Keefe wrote about the McConville killing, and about the alleged involvement of the prominent Irish politician Gerry Adams, in a recent issue of the magazine. On this week’s Out Loud podcast, Keefe and Philip Gourevitch join Amy Davidson to talk about the aftermath of the Troubles and the path to peace in Northern Ireland.