The Writing Lives Series

Colm Tóibín and Roy Foster in Conversation

Thursday, April 9, 2015  6:15pm 304 Held Lecture Hall, Barnard College

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Renowned author Colm Tóibín will be in conversation with Roy Foster, Professor of Irish History, about subjects addressed in their upcoming works, both set in Ireland. Colm Tóibín's new novel Nora Webster dramatises the life of a woman and her family in a small town in Ireland in the late 1960s.

The New York Times called Nora Webster "a luminous, elliptical novel in which everyday life manages, in moments, to approach the mystical." Read the full review here. Tóibín is also the author of The Heather Blazing (1992, winner of the Encore Award); The Story of the Night (1996, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Prize); The Blackwater Lightship (1999, shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize and the Booker Prize and made into a film starring Angela Lansbury); The Master (2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year; and shortlisted for the Booker Prize); Brooklyn (2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year); and numerous short story collections.

Foster's current research, for which he was awarded a three-year Wolfson British Academy  Research Professorship in 2009, concerns biography and a revision of history; it is a portrait of the Irish revolutionary generation circa 1890-1916, looking particularly at the radicalization and ‘conversion  processes' of unexpected figures from middle-class backgrounds, and concentrating upon groups such as journalists, teachers, civil servants, and activities such as feminism, suffrage agitation, agit-prop theater and cultural propaganda.

Fintan O'Toole, author of A History of Ireland in 100 Objects and literary editor of The Irish Times, will serve as moderator. 

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early. For fire safety reasons, we cannot exceed the room limit.

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