Author Colum McCann to speak at Le Moyne

On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.,Le Moyne College in Syracuse will host renowned Irish author Colum McCann, whose latest novel, Transatlantic, was nominated for the Booker Prize. The event will take place in Grewen Auditorium on the Le Moyne campus.

   Born in Ireland in 1965, McCann teaches creative writing at Hunter College in New York City, where he lives. Following in the tradition of groundbreaking Irish writers, McCann has been recognized both in Ireland and internationally for his fiction. He was inducted into Aosdána, the Irish Arts Council, in May 2009. He also has been awarded the Deauxville Festival of Cinema Literary Prize (also 2009) in France, as well as a French Chevalier des arts et lettres from the French government, an award received by very few foreign writers. In 2000, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and he received an award from the exclusive American Academy in May 2011.

   The author of six novels and two collections of stories, McCann’s previous novel, Let the Great World Spin, received considerable international recognition upon its release in 2009. McCann was also awarded the Ambassador Award,; the inaugural Medici Book Club prize; Amazon.com’s “Book of the Year,” 2010; the 2010 New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association “Book of the Year”; and was the overall winner of the Grinzane Award in Italy.

   For more information on the event, contact Kate Costello-Sullivan, associate professor of English and director of the Irish literature program at sullivkp@lemoyne.edu.

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