Legendary New York City Journalist, Novelist, and Irish-American, Pete Hamill, to be Honored in NYC on October 20th
Irish American Writers and Artists Inc. (IAW&A) will bestow its annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award on legendary New York City journalist and author, Pete Hamill, during a convivial evening of food, drink, conversation, and song on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Manhattan Club, upstairs at Rosie O’ Grady’s, 800 7th Avenue (at 52nd Street), New York City, starting at 6 p.m. Joining Pete Hamill in the celebration will be past O’Neill Award honorees William Kennedy, Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, John Patrick Stanley, and more. The most prominent event on the IAW&A calendar, the gala promises to be a gathering of renowned journalists, writers, artists, musicians, and Irish and American luminaries.
In a storied career spanning fifty years, Pete Hamill has excelled as a newspaper reporter and columnist — the only man to serve as editor of both the New York Daily News and the New York Post. He is an award-winning novelist and a best-selling author of many non-fiction books on subjects ranging from Mexican muralist Diego Rivera to Frank Sinatra to his beloved home borough of Brooklyn. As a journalist, Hamill covered wars in Vietnam, Lebanon, Nicaragua, and Northern Ireland, as well as race riots in the U.S and numerous political campaigns. He is credited as the man who convinced Robert F. Kennedy to run for president in 1968 and was present on the night RFK was assassinated.
Hamill’s best-selling books include A Drinking Life, Downtown, Forever, and North River. His essays and articles have appeared in such publications as Esquire, The New Yorker, Playboy, and Rolling Stone.
“This is our sixth annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award and it may prove to be the most popular,” says IAW&A President and leader of the band, Black 47, Larry Kirwan, “from barroom to boardroom Pete Hamill is recognized as one of the great New Yorkers. His writing skill is matched only by his humanitarianism and devotion to friends, family, and his beloved city. In Gaelic we call him a seanchaí — a man of wisdom and deep experience.”
IAW&A Treasurer and Salon Producer, the novelist and playwright, John Kearns, will act as Master of Ceremonies.
The Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2009 to honor the accomplishments of a writer, actor, musician, or cultural institution that has sustained a body of work that best exemplifies the level of integrity maintained by O’Neill. O’Neill Awards have been presented to Pulitzer-prize winning author William Kennedy, actor Brian Dennehy, Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly of New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre, folksinger Judy Collins, and playwright John Patrick Shanley.
The award, created by Tiffany & Co., will be presented Monday, Oct. 20, 2013 at a generous hors d’œuvre and open-bar reception and ceremony at the Manhattan Club above Rosie O’Grady’s in Times Square, just a few blocks from where Eugene O’Neill was born. Ticketing information is available at the IAW&A website.
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