Frank McCourt (1930-2009) taught high school and college English for three decades in New York and occasionally, Dublin. Mr. McCourt’s memoir, Angela’s Ashes, published in September of 1996 by Scribner, was honored with The Pulitzer Prize for literature, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Book Review’s Non-Fiction prize, the Abbey Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His second book, ‘Tis, another bestseller, was released in the fall of 1999. A major motion picture based on Angela’s Ashes starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlisle premiered late the same year. As a speaker, Mr. Mccourt was always in demand, having spoken at countless special events, colleges and universities worldwide. He was a keynote speaker at the White House on several occasions, and his dedication to education and the teaching profession even prompted invitations from Congressional commitees focusing on education in America. Mr. McCourt created the stage play A Couple of Blaguards with his brother, Malachy. In his own words, "Malachy stood behind the bar and told his customers stories. I stood before the blackboard and told my students stories. At holiday gatherings we told our families stories. They said, "Why not get together, cobble these stories into a script and tell the world."