Ken Bruen wins major US cultural award

Ken Bruen, the award winning and critically acclaimed Galway crime writer has won the IBAM! Award to Literature, an award whose previous recipients include Maeve Binchy and Frank McCourt.

Mr Bruen will be presented with the award at the iBAM! Gala Awards Dinner on October 14 in the Erin Room at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago. Speaking to the Galway Advertiser, Mr Bruen said: "I'm truly delighted and stunned. I'm over the moon."

Mr Bruen has written more than 50 books since he began writing in the mid-1990s, and he is best known for his series of Jack Taylor books. The Washington Post has called Mr Bruen's writing "original, grimly hilarious and gloriously Irish". The Los Angeles Review of Books said: “Bruen’s voice is unmistakable: finely chiseled paragraphs that more closely resemble verse than prose . . . Bruen is among the most original and innovative noir voices of the last two decades.”


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