Montclair Literary Festival – Colm Tóibín 'The Magician' – Live online conversation with Garth Risk Hallberg

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Sun, 03/10/2021 - 14:00

Join us on Sunday, October 3, at 2 p.m. (EST) as we hear renowned author of The Master and Brooklyn Colm Tóibín talk about his latest novel The Magician. He will be live in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Garth Risk Hallberg.

The Magician is an intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of German author Thomas Mann, his complex wife Katia, and the times in which they lived—the first world war, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile. In a marriage of research and imagination, Tóibín explores the heart and mind of a writer whose gift is unparalleled and whose life is driven by a need to belong and the anguish of illicit desire. 

"The Magician recaptures a literary giant... Symphonic and moving… Maximalist in scope but intimate in feeling." —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Tickets cost $30 and include a copy of the book The Magician (value $28). Online event-only tickets are available for $10. The event will be held online via Crowdcast and a registration link will be sent shortly after ticket purchase.

Books can be picked up at Festival partner watchung booksellers in Montclair, or shipped to your home address (additional cost, select option when selecting ticket; shipping only available within the US).

Colm Tóibín is the author of 10 novels, including The Magician, his most recent novel; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

Garth Risk Hallberg’s first novel, City on Fire, was a New York Times and international bestseller, has been translated into 17 languages, and was named one of the best books of 2015 the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Vogue. He is also the author of a novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family. His short stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, and Best New American Voices 2008, and he has written critical essays for the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, The Millions, and Slate.

This event is part of Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival.

Any proceeds from the festival benefit parent organization, Montclair-based non-profit Succeed2gether, which offers after-school one-on-one tutoring and enrichment classes with the aim of closing the education and opportunity gaps in Essex County, NJ. You can read more about Succeed2gether and the festival at

The festival organizing committee wishes to thank its event partners, festival sponsors, and community members.

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