In Memoriam: Ann Ireland (1953–2018)

In Memoriam: Ann Ireland (1953–2018)

Posted on September 24 by AliciaE in News
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It was with great sadness that Dundurn Press learned about the recent, all-too-early passing of author and teacher Ann Ireland at the age of sixty-five. Her five novels display a depth of sensitivity and insight into the act of artistic creation whether they deal with music, as in A Certain Mr. Takahashi and The Blue Guitar, painting, as in The Instructor and Where’s Bob?, or poetry, as in Exile. The dynamic interplay of her characters in all these works is finely wrought, particularly in The Blue Guitar, her fourth novel, which pits a group of classical guitarists against one another at a distinguished international competition in Montreal.

Dundurn was proud to publish The Blue Guitar in 2013 as well as to eventually republish three of her other works: A Certain Mr. Takahashi, The Instructor, and Exile. The National Post had this to say about The Blue Guitar: “It may sound unlikely, but Ireland has managed to create a page-turner of a novel about a classical guitar competition: You want to know who will make it to the next round, and who will win.” That was one of Ann’s great gifts: to make the reader care about artists and the people associated with them in exquisite gems of fiction that tell their tales evocatively and memorably in an age more in love with pyrotechnical thrills and chills. She will be sorely missed.

 

- Michael Carroll