The 2009 National Book Award Winner Colum McCann

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on February 11, 2010
Authors & Irishmen Colum McCann and Michael White

Fellow Authors & Irishmen Colum McCann and Michael White

On Tuesday, February 2, Fairfield University welcomed acclaimed author Colum McCann to campus for a talk and book signing. The event, which took place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Barone Campus Center Oak Room, was free and open to the public, with many University students and faculty, as well as members of the community, in attendance. The event was sponsored by Fairfield Public Library and Fairfield University’s Program in Irish Studies, and is a part of its Arts & Minds and The Inspired Writer: The Distinguished Author series.

cas_news_mccann_photo2The event began with Colum McCann speaking about his critically acclaimed book, Let the Great World Spin (Random House), followed by his reading of several key passages. McCann is author to 2 collections of short stories and 5 novels, and in 2003 was named Esquire magazine’s “Writer of the Year.” The audience sat in awe and listened closely to the words of the author, soaking in his discussion and visibly enjoying his own take on the passages he selected to read from his novel. The rows of folding chairs were packed with people from all over who came to listen to this honored guest, and no one left disappointed.

cas_news_mccann_photo1Following his address and readings, McCann opened the floor for questions and then welcomed participants for a book signing, for which the line stretched out the back door. The audience was so taken by the author that many waited for the chance to meet him face to face for more than an hour.

This well-attended, well-received reading was one for the books!

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