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Author Colm Tóibín in Conversation at Dungarvan Library

Colm Tóibín, internationally acclaimed Irish author and current Laureate for Irish Fiction has released a new book ‘Long Island’, and will be in conversation with Mary Conway, Waterford City and County Librarian at Dungarvan Library at 7pm on Thursday, June 13th.

‘Long Island’ is the much-anticipated sequel to Tóibín’s 2009 novel ‘Brooklyn’ which was also adapted into a film in 2015.  In ‘Long Island’ we see Eilis and Tony living a happy, secure life in Long Island twenty years on from the ending of ‘Brooklyn’. When a stranger with an Irish accent knocks on Eilis’s door however, she turns towards Ireland once again and the life she left behind.  In his follow on to the best-selling and prizewinning novel ‘Brooklyn’ we see Tóibín at his best, a master of deeply moving scenes full of quiet restraint.

The author of eleven novels, including ‘The Magician’, ‘The Master’, ‘Nora Webster’ and ‘Brooklyn’, Colm Tóibín has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, was winner of the International Dublin Literary award for ‘The Master’ and has won both the Costa Novel award and the Impac Award.  He has published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction.  Tóibín is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and been named as the Laureate for Irish Fiction for 2022-2024 by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Waterford City and County Librarian, Mary Conway is looking forward to the evening stating, “I am delighted to welcome Colm Tóibín to Waterford and to Dungarvan Library, and look forward to discussing his wonderful writing with him. It is sure to be an insightful conversation.”

Tóibín will also discuss his inspirations including Henry James, his creative processes and the machinations of writing. As the current Laureate for Irish Fiction Tóibín will also speak about Irish writers and the new generation of writers representing Ireland.

While this event is free, booking is required by calling Dungarvan Library on 058-21141.


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