Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin and has starred in over 80 films, including The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer) and Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch). He won a Golden Globe for his performance as therapist Paul Weston on the HBO drama In Treatment, and has also been widely recognized for his theater work. Byrne’s forthcoming memoir, Walking with Ghosts, is an exquisite portrait of an Irish childhood and a remarkable journey to Hollywood and Broadway success. The book follows Byrne from his childhood in the outskirts of Dublin, to seminary in England where he hopes to become a priest, to his growing interest in theater and poetry in 1960’s Dublin. Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and Broadway, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame.
Steven Winn is a fiction writer and award-winning arts journalist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, Southern Poetry Review, and Sports Illustrated. Winn spent 28 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, and the last six as the Arts and Culture Critic. His past City Arts & Lectures interviews include Sally Field, Alec Baldwin, Jane Lynch, Frances McDormand, and Diane Keaton.