My next guest is Peter Quinn, who just released his latest novel Dry Bones.
Quinn joined Time Inc. as the chief speechwriter in 1985 and retired as corporate editorial director for Time Warner in 2007. He received a BA from Manhattan College (1969), an MA in history from Fordham University (1974) and was ABD.. He was awarded a Ph.D., honoris causa by Manhattan College (2002). In 1979, he was appointed to the staff of Governor Carey as chief speechwriter, continuing under Governor Mario Cuomo; he helped craft the Governor’s 1984 Democratic Convention speech and his address oat Notre Dame University.
His 1994 novel Banished Children of Eve won a 1995 American Book Award. Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America was published in 2007. Colum McCann has summed up Quinn’s trilogy of historical detective novels — Hour of the Cat (2005), The Man Who Never Returned (2010), and Dry Bones (2013) — as “generous and agile and profound.” He co-wrote the script for the 1987 television doc “McSorley’s New York,” (NY Emmy for “Outstanding Historical Programming”). He was a guest commentator in several PBS documentaries: “The Irish in America;” “New York: A Documentary Film;” “The Life and Times of Stephen Foster,” s the Academy Award-nominated film, “The Passion of Sister Rose.” He was an advisor on Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.” He helped conceive and script the 6-part doc “The Road to the White House,” which aired on TG4 in Ireland (2009). Quinn was the editor of The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society (1986 to 1993). He has published articles & reviews in The New York Times, Commonweal, America, American Heritage, The Catholic Historical Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The L.A. Times, Eiré-Ireland. He is on the advisory boards of the American Irish Historical Society, NYU’s Gluckman Ireland House, and the Tenement Museum. He is a co-founder of Irish American Writers & Artists.