McEneaney Memorial Reading features Irish author Cólm Tóibín

Cólm Tóibín, the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, will visit campus April 11 to deliver the Eamon McEneaney Memorial Reading, part of the Spring 2024 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series in the Department of Literatures in English. The reading will feature works by Irish and Irish American writers.

Tóibín is the author of 11 novels, including “Long Island,” which is releasing on May 7 and is a sequel to his 2009 novel “Brooklyn,” which won the Costa Book Award and was adapted into a movie in 2015.

His other novels include “The Magician,” winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize; “The Master,” winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; “The Testament of Mary” and “Nora Webster” and he is the author of two story collections and several books of criticism.

He will speak at 5 p.m. in the Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Room 132, Goldwin Smith Hall. A book signing and reception will follow the reading, with a selection of Tóibín’s books available to purchase from Buffalo Street Books.

Tóibín has been named the Laureate for Irish Fiction for 2022–2024 by the Arts Council of Ireland and has been shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin and New York. 

McEneaney ‘77, a Cornell athlete, writer and poet, died on September 11, 2001, in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Friends, teammates and family members created this reading series in his honor.

For more information on the Zalaznick Reading Series, visit the Department of Literatures in English website.

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