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Open Book Author Visit: Colm Tóibín

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Campus Room in Capstone

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Blackwater LightshipBrooklyn, and The Testament of Mary, as well as two story collections. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín has been selected for the Costa Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and many other accolades. The Master tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America’s first intellectual families who leaves his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers. While the decision by a contemporary Irish novelist to portray the creative struggles of nineteenth-century American writer may appear bold, the result is a triumph. The New York Times Book Review writes, "The Master is unquestionably the work of a first-rate novelist: artful, moving, and very beautiful." John Updike declares the novel "a marvel," and Michael Cunningham concludes that "Tóibín takes us almost shockingly close to the mystery of art itself. A remarkable, utterly original book." In addition to being a brilliant novelist, Colm Tóibín is a warm and charming speaker.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and The Open Book