By Karen Daly

Photos by Mark Butler 

Before we get to the Salon rundown, please note two intriguing Irish literature events this week.Tonight (Tuesday, 12/6) Honor Molloy and friends will present Voices Carry — Irish Women Writing, a program of dramatic readings from memoir, novels, poetry, and drama at the Irish Arts Center.  We hear it’s sold out.

Irish composer Stano’s unique film In Between Silence, where we really exist is playing now until 12/13 at the Barrow Street Theatre. The film collects intimate stories by leading Irish writers, including Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Joseph O’Connor and Paula Meehan. ( For tickets:


Our early December Salon at Bar Thalia was a casual night when members comfortably shared a number of works-in-progress. Storytellers, fiction writers, and singers were on the program.

John Kearns, left,  photo by Christopher Booth.  Brendan Costello.

Salon producer and host John Kearns quieted the chattering non-salon crowd with a brand-new excerpt from his novel in progress, Worlds. In this segment, the aging Sarsfield Logan, S.J., meets the young priest whom he suspects will be his replacement to teach his favorite course.

More fiction from Brendan Costello Jr., IAW&A board member and writing instructor at City College. The scene from his novel-in-progress reflected a character’s ambivalent feelings toward his father in the grim irony of the father’s passing. Brendan promises to share something lighter next time!

Brendan’s former student, Kristen Daniels read a part of her story tentatively,  and intriguingly titled Irish Anonymous. She’s developing it in a workshop class at City College and plans to expand it into a novel.

Kristen Daniels, left.  Bernadette Cullen

Bernadette Cullen read a small section from what she calls “a forever work in progress” in which she evokes a family beach outing on a hot July Saturday.

Sampling her program at IAC, Honor Molloy read “The Bride,” not a work in progress, in fact, a story written in the 1950’s by  Maeve Brennan. “The Bride” is an Irish-born maid working for a Westchester family. The story is set on the eve of Margaret’s marriage and she is terrified.

Honor Molloy

Jazzman and author Jon Gordon told stories from his book project “Finding the Miraculous.” In one story, Jon was on a jazz cruise, wishing for shooting star and miraculously seeing one.

Salon Thalia, 5/5/16

Jon Gordon. Photo by Cat Dwyer.

In the music department, Mark William Butler shared a funny new song, “What It Is” from one of his latest writing projects, Cubikill, The Musikill, a corporate horror movie parody. Check out Mark’s work at and


Mark Butler. Photo by Christopher Booth.

Singer Clare Horgan, visiting from Ireland, showed her range with two songs, one a sean nos song about Skellig Rock on St. Michael’s Day, and the other a ballad. Learn more at   Musician/singer Adrianna Mateo sang two of her originals: “August Sun” (better to burn than keep feeling numb) and the haunting “Come with Me to Coney Island.” More at

Clare Horgan, left, photo from her website. Adrianna Mateo. Photo by Cat Dwyer.

We’re gearing up for the grand Holiday Salon at the Cell on Tuesday, 12/20 with such wonderful talent as Leah Rankin, Jack DiMonte, Honor Molloy, John Munnelly, Cathy Maguire, Eamon Loinsigh, and surprise guests. Plus, after-party and plenty of good cheer.  Mark your calendars!