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Colm Tóibín to Read at Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Multi-award-winning Irish novelist and critic Colm Tóibín will read from his work on Friday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium on the Le Moyne College campus.

Colm Tóibín, called “the best Irish writer of his generation” (Irish Independent), is the author of six novels and a book of short stories. His most recent book, “Brooklyn,” earned the Costa Novel Award. He has twice been short-listed for the Booker Prize.

Tóibín has served as a visiting professor at Stanford University, The University of Texas at Austin and Princeton University. In 2008 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at the University of Ulster in recognition of his contribution to contemporary Irish literature.

Tóibín is a member of Aosdána (from aos dána “people of the arts”), an association of people in Ireland who have achieved distinction in the arts. It was created in 1981 on the initiative of a group of writers and with support from the Arts Council of Ireland. Membership, which is by invitation from current members, is limited to 250 individuals.

The reading is free and open to the public. Books will be available for signing after the reading.

This event is co-sponsored by the Kevin G. O’Connell, S.J. Professorship in the Humanities, the Lectures Committee, the Irish Literature Program, and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers Inc., with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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posted on: 3/5/2010