Kevin Barry at Warehouse Theatre Wednesday, Nov. 20

It should come as no shock that a self-proclaimed “evil megalomaniac” seems to relish giving public readings of his work, but very few evil megalomaniacs are as entertaining as Kevin Barry. The Limerick-born scribe’s fiction is a distinctly Irish brew of lyricism, raunchy humor, and sentimentality that translates well to the speaker’s podium. Riding a wave of critical enthusiasm to his reading tonight at Mount Vernon Square’s Warehouse Theater, Barry focused his debut novel, City of Bohane, on “hipster hoodlums in the 2050s.” It won the coveted IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and his latest collection of short stories, Dark Lies the Island, is soaking up plenty of praise on both sides of the Atlantic. He will read from both books at the event co-sponsored by Solas Nua and the Irish Network-DC. Bring a drink from The Passenger next door and settle in for a night of foppish gangsters and grandmotherly abductresses in Barry’s squalid but lovable retinue. Kevin Barry reads at 7 p.m. at Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. NW. Free. (202) 783-3933. warehousetheater.com.

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