The launch of ‘As Close As You’ll Ever Be’ by IAW&A member Seamus Scanlon, will be on Sept. 6,  from 6 to 8  pm,  at the Mysterious Bookshop at  58 Warren Street in New York City.

There will be wine, food, crime and reading.  For details, go to

The buzz around Scanlon’s play, “Dancing at Lunacy,” which shared a double bill with Larry Kirwan’s “Blood” at The Cell Theatre in March was picked up in his hometown paper the Galway Independent, which wrote:

“A Galway writer is garnering international acclaim for his first play, ‘Dancing at Lunacy’, which is currently running in New York.

“Seamus Scanlon has been a New York resident for seven years, but originally hails from Old Mervue and is a graduate of NUI Galway. He is an award-winning short-story writer and his work has been published in the Irish Times’ ‘Flash Fiction’ section. He was awarded the Over The Edge new writer of the year award in 2010.

“‘Dancing at Lunacy’, which is set in Belfast in the midst of the troubles, is running at the ‘off-off-Broadway’ Cell Theatre, as part of its ‘Irish Cell’ programme from 1 to 30 March. 

“The Huffington Post, which is rated as the 24th most viewed website in the United States with average of 37 million viewers per month, described the play as “a powerful piece” in a review last week.” (for the full article go to this LINK)

For more on Scanlon and his approach to writing, read his post called “Why I Write.”