Author Colm Tóibín to read on campus Wednesday

Professor Kathy Lawrence will conduct Q&A with Tóibín

Critically acclaimed Irish novelist, journalist and scholar Colm Tóibín will be on campus Wednesday for a reading and Q&A.

In an event sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, attendees will hear Tóibín read from “The Master,” his 2004 breakthrough novel about the life of Henry James, which received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2006. The book was also chosen as France’s Prix de Meilleur Livre and the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year.

The visit dovetails with Professor Kathy Lawrence’s Henry James seminar, for which she previously assigned the novel, and Lawrence will conduct a Q&A with the author following his reading. The focus, she says, will be on “The Master.”

“His great work of genius on Henry James is what makes me so admire him,” Lawrence says. “It’s an imaginative work, but it also functions in a double role as a portrait of James.”

Tóibín is also the author of the novels “Brooklyn” and “Blackwater Lightship,” both of which have received numerous honors and critical acclaim.

Lawrence, who calls Tóibín “a great stylist and interpreter of the human condition,” will talk with Tóibín about these other books, as well as themes in his work and his approach to the craft of writing.

Associate Creative Writing Director Stephen McCauley says the program brings at least one fiction writer and one poet to campus each semester, and he’s glad students will be able to learn from the talented Tóibín this spring.

The Dafna Zamarripa-Gesundheit event will be held in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

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