Actor Andrew McCarthy visits town to talk about his new book
DARIEN — It’s not uncommon to find book lovers at author talks at the Darien Library. But the library’s latest author event also brought in fans of the eighties as Andrew McCarthy of “Pretty in Pink” and “St. Elmo’s Fire” appeared with author Dani Shapiro to talk about their latest books.
“We had a major crush on him growing up,” said Maureen Clark of East Norwalk, who went to the event with her friends. “That was our times. I listened to him on Sirius XM and found out so many interesting things about him and didn’t realize what he’s done since his heyday. He’s such an interesting person.”
McCarthy, also known for his directing and travel writing, recently published his first novel, “Just Fly Away,” a young adult novel about a 15-year-old named Lucy who discovers her father had an affair that resulted in a child who also lives in town. It’s McCarthy’s second book after his travel memoir “The Longest Way Home” was published in 2012.
McCarthy discussed his book with longtime friend, Dani Shapiro, who recently published her ninth book “Hourglass.” Together, the two discussed their latest works, the writing process and the difference in writing a memoir versus fiction.
“We’re very different writers,” McCarthy said. “But the intersection of the two books has to do with time.”
“Hourglass” explores Shaprio’s marriage and how marriage is affected by time.
“These selves we were, what do we want?” Shapiro asked. “We want to tell all these people we’re a chain of paper dolls leading to this person we are today.”
While writing a memoir is intimate in that Shapiro was writing about herself, the two writers agreed in some ways, fiction writing can reveal more about the writer through the facade of fictional characters.
“I’m writing about a 15-year-old girl,” McCarthy said. “It’s not me, but it’s all me. It’s a facade.”