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Swan Productions,LLC
P.O. Box 3451
Manhattan Beach,
CA  90266
Tues. February 13, 2001
8:00 p.m.
Mon. February 12, 2001
Frank McCourt taught in the New York public schools for twenty-seven years and always encouraged his students to know their own histories and appreciate the power of their stories.  His own memoir, Angela’s Ashes, became a literary phenomenon.  

This writer, performer, teacher and mesmerizing storyteller was born in Brooklyn N.Y.  At age four, he moved to the slums of Limerick, Ireland with his parents and brothers.  As tough as life had been for the McCourt’s in New York, it doesn’t compare to the hardships they encounter in their native country.  Frank endured poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lived to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.

McCourt returned to New York at age 19, where he worked as a high school teacher for most of the next 45 years.   Inspired by a writing project McCourt had assigned to his class,  his autobiography, Angela’s Ashes has quickly become an international literary record breaker.   It has topped best-sellers lists in both hardback and paperback for over three years.  After more than sixty-six printings, there are over 2.9 million copies in print in North America alone and the book is available in eighteen countries.  In 1997 the book received the Pulitzer Prize for biography, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award in Biography/Autobiography, The Boston Book Review’s Non-Fiction prize, the ABBY Award, and The Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 1996, both TIME and NEWSWEEK magazines named the memoir best book of the year.

The sequel to Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis: A Memoir, was published in September 1999 and hit the New York Times bestsellers list at number one.  The Alan Parker’s film of Angela’s Ashes hit theaters in January 2000. 



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