Thu, 20/11/2014 - 20:00
Shoctor Theatre Phone: 780.425.1820 9828 101A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3C6 Canada

Stage Interview and Q & A With Elizabeth Withey

A traveller, journalist, novelist, literary critic and professor, Colm Tóibín has had many identities. And it is the search for identity—whether national, creative, or sexual—that is at the heart of the conflicted characters in Tóibín’s literary fiction, from the Argentinian-born son of a British widow in The Story of the Night (1997) to the Henry James of The Master (2004), to the namesake of his new novel, Nora Webster, who struggles to reclaim herself in the wake of devastating sorrow.

Join the acclaimed winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for an engaging onstage interview with Edmonton Journal columnist Elizabeth Withey.

An audience Q & A session and book signing will follow.

Sun, 09/11/2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium 375 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

Colm Tóibín belongs to the great tradition of Irish expatriates. In novels like The Master and Brooklyn, the New York–based writer excavates the joys and sorrows of displacement, both physical and metaphorical. Tóibín discusses his latest work of fiction, Nora Webster, which returns us to his homeland and the tumult of family. The director of the Guild Literary Complex, John Rich, joins Tóibín for a conversation.

Thu, 06/11/2014 - 20:00
Writers Guild Theatre 135 S Doheny Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90211

From Madame Bovary to Hedda Gabler, some of literature’s most passionate heroines find themselves under the fire of their times. In Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary, the Irish novelist took on nothing less than the mother of Christ. In his masterful new novel, Nora Webster, he portrays a fiercely compelling young Irish widow and mother of four navigating grief and fear and struggling for hope. In Kushner’s bestselling novel, The Flamethrowers, the gutsy young protagonist arrives in New York in 1977, believing her art must “involve risk.” Hear these two authors read and discuss how they create characters that erupt off the page, in novels where the political and the personal are locked in a deep and fascinating embrace.