Colm Tóibín

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Colm Tóibín

Past Event: Monday, November 3, 2014

At Town Hall Seattle

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Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet.

He is currently also a professor at Columbia University. Among many other honors, he has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize. His work explores Irish society, living abroad, and matters of personal identity. His new novel, Nora Webster, will be published in October 2014.  His 2010 novel, Brooklyn, is currently being made into a film, with a script by Nick Hornby. Tóibín will be speaking to the SAL audience on the Irish Literary Renaissance.

Toibin’s Patron Reception will have nibbles generously donated by Shanik Restaurant.

Selected Works:

The Testament of Mary (2012) – short-listed for the Booker Prize
The Empty Family (2010)
Brooklyn (2009) – winner of the Costa Novel of the Year
Mothers and Sons (2006)
The Master (2004) – LA Times Novel of the Year, shortlisted for the Booker Prize
The Blackwater Lightship (1999) – shortlisted for the Booker Prize
The Story of the Night (1996) – winner of the Ferro-Grumley Prize
The Heather Blazing (1992) – winner of the Encore Award
The South (1990) – shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel, winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus First Fiction Award

New Ways to Kill Your Mother (2012)
A Guest at the Feast (2011)
All a Novelist Needs (2010)
The Use of Reason (2006)
Lady Gregory’s Toothbrush (2002)
Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodóvar (2002)
The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe (1994)
Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border (1994)
Dubliners (1990)
Homage to Barcelona (1990)
The Trial of the Generals: selected journalism, 1980-1990 (1990)
Martyrs and Metaphors, Letters from the New Island, vol. 1 no. 2 (1987)
Walking Along the Border (1987)

Beauty in a Broken Place (2004)


Colm Toibin in Conversation
The Guardian: Colm Tóibín, novelist – portrait of the artist
The New York Times: His Irish Diaspora
Exclusive Interview: Colm Toibin Talks About His New Story Collection
Kirkus Reviews: Mothers and Sons

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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