We had a great time at the Light of the Diddicoy release! And sold loads of books too. Le Poisson Rouge, in Greenwich Village was an excellent host and it was a full house, filled with Richard Vetere’s friends and lovers of his new release The Writers Afterlife and lots of Diddicoy folks too.
T.J. English, the famous journalist and author of Paddy Whacked and The Westies, kicked the night off by talking about the impact Light of the Diddicoy had on him and why gangs were a result of a lack of a social safety net in New York during the era.
Afterward, I spoke for a bit about the book, made my “thank yous” and read from the book for a bit. Then WBAI Radio-NYC host of the show Radio Free Eireann and I spoke about what was happening in 1916 Brooklyn, when the book took place and the Irish historical connections in Light of the Diddicoy.
John Duddy, the Middle Weight Champion boxer and actor starring in a film called “Hands of Stone” (December 2014 release) next to Robert De Niro, read from the book.
Afterward, it was book signing time.
Light of the Diddicoy also got a great mention in Declan Burke’s blog Crime Always Pays, here:
And my local newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times ran a piece on the book as well here.
Lots of reviews will be popping up soon as well, including The Guardian US, Brooklyn Rail and many others. Heck, there’s even a review at Amazon.com already!