Acclaimed Irish novelist and journalist Colum Tóibín will read from his new collection of short stories, Mothers and Sons, on Tuesday, February 6, at 7 p.m., at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House, One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue). The reading is free and open to the public, and jointly cosponsored by both the NYU Creative Writing Program and Glucksman Ireland House, as part of their respective public events series. For further information call 212.998.8816.
Tóibín is the author of five novels: The South; The Heather Blazing; The Story of the Night; The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Impac Dublin award; and The Master, a fictional account of Henry James that won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and won the Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year and the Stonewall Book Award. His nonfiction works include Homage to Barcelona, Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border, and Love In a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar. As a cultural critic and political commentator, he has written for the London Review of Books, the Sunday Independent, and the Sunday Tribune. He also has served as the editor of the Irish current affairs magazine Magill.
The next event in the NYU Creative Writing Program Spring Series takes place on March 8 and features Jayne Anne Phillips and Tamas Dobozy. The following event in the Glucksman Ireland House NYU Public Events Series is a February 15th screening of the Irish-made documentary Fairy Wife: The Burning of Bridget Cleary on the 1895 murder of a Tipperary woman by her husband and its impact on the country at the time.
The NYU Creative Writing Program, with permanent faculty members E.L. Doctorow, Paule Marshall, Breyten Breytenbach, Philip Levine, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Sharon Olds, has distinguished itself for over three decades as a leading national center for the study of literature and writing. The Reading Series, sponsored in cooperation with the NYU Book Centers, is a vital component of the Writing Program, bringing both established and new writers to NYU.
Glucksman Ireland House NYU is the center for Irish Studies at NYU, an interdisciplinary program providing access to Irish and Irish-American culture and fostering excellence in the study of Ireland, Irish America and the global Irish Diaspora. The Glucksman Ireland House Public Events Series presents weekly events during the academic year that showcase the recent work in the fields of Irish literature, history, music, language, and the arts. Please see www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu for more information.