Frank McCourt, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angela's Ashes, discusses his latest work, Angela and the Baby Jesus. Marking a departure from his familiar memoir form, this Christmas tale - published in editions for both adults and children - revolves around the early years of the eponymous Angela, and her attempts to keep an effigy of the baby Jesus warm. Hosted by Sandip Roy of KALW's UpFront Radio, this conversation is sure to offer insight into one of the master storytellers of our time.
Francis "Frank" McCourt is an Irish-American teacher and author.
He received the Pulitzer Prize (1997) and National Book Critics Circle Award (1996) for his memoir Angela's Ashes (1996), which details his childhood as a poor Irish Catholic in Limerick. He is also the author of 'Tis (1999), which continues the narrative of his life, picking up from the end of the previous book and focusing on life as a new immigrant in America. Teacher Man (2005), detailed the challenges of being a young, uncertain teacher who must impart knowledge to his students. His works are often part of the syllabus in high schools. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Sandip Roy is an editor with New America Media and host of its radio show New America Now on KALW 91.7 FM.
Any of a series of annual prizes awarded by Columbia University for outstanding public service and achievement in American journalism, letters, and music. Fellowships are also awarded. The prizes, originally endowed with a gift of $500,000 from Joseph Pulitzer, are highly esteemed and have been awarded each May since 1917 on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, composed of judges appointed by the university. The numbers and categories of prizes have varied over the years. Today they include 14 awards in journalism, six in letters, one in music, and four fellowships.
Great interview, helped me to see him as I would have liked it personally... Im so sorry i finished his second book "It is" tonight, two months ago he passed and I regret that i didnt read it before, I would have done everything to meet him and say that he's one of the person i would have liked to have a beer with... Im 20 years old and Frank Mccourt has marked my life.
RIP, God bless you.
Jessica from Venezuela