Irish Author Colm Tóibín Reads on Campus

Colm-HBAcclaimed Irish author Colm Tóibín is on campus as a guest of the Michener Center for Writers and will read at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302.

Tóibín, a former visiting professor of the Michener Center’s master’s of fine arts program, began his career in journalism before turning to novel writing.  His first novel “The South” was published in 1990, followed by “The Heather Blazing,” “The Story of the Night” and “The Blackwater Lightship,” which was shortlisted for the distinguished Booker Prize in Fiction.

His most lauded novel to date “The Master was again shortlisted for the Booker in 2004 and won the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year.  The novel builds upon biographical research and speculation about Henry James to re-imagine the author’s interior life.  Reviewing “The Master,” writer Michael Cunningham said “Tóibín takes us almost shockingly close to the mystery of art itself. A remarkable, utterly original book.”

Tóibín’s most recent books include a collection of stories: “Mothers and Sons,” and the novel “Brooklyn,” a sparely written account of a young woman’s emigration from Ireland to the United States in the 1950s.  The novel recently won out over Booker-winning author Hilary Mantel’s much-lauded “Wolf Hall” for the 2009 Costa Prize for the Novel.  He has continued to publish widely as a journalist, literary critic and essayist.

While at UT, Tóibín will also visit with Professor Brian Doherty’s Plan II freshman world literature students, who are reading his short stories, and graduate fiction students in the Michener Center’s master’s of fine arts program and the Department of English’s master’s of arts  in Creative Writing program.

The reading is free and open to the public.  The ACES building is located on the southeast corner of 24th and Speedway on campus and parking is available in the nearby garage on San Jacinto.