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Colum McCann

September 16, 2010

Tawes Theatre, 5:00 p.m.

Fiction Reading

In August 2009, Colum McCann released Let the Great World Spin, an "emotional tour de force" (The New York Times) that became, instantly, one of the most talked about books of the decade. By the end of the year, it had entered the pantheon of Great American Novels. A polyphonic work set in the New York of the 1970s, but serving as an allegory of the city's resilient post-9/11 self, Spin was chosen as Amazon's #1 Book of the Year and won the National Book Award. It placed McCann—whose remarkable previous books include Zoli and Dancer—at the very top rank of contemporary novelists.

Born in Dublin in 1965, Colum McCann is the author of five novels, which have been published in 30 languages. All were international bestsellers. He was named Esquire's Writer of the Year in 2003, and was awarded a French Chevalier des arts et lettres in 2009. He is also a Pushcart Prize winner. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The Irish Times. He currently teaches at Hunter College in New York.

Sponsored by: The Sophie Kerr Committee