Mon, 09/02/2015 - 19:30
Irish Arts Centre

with Special Guests Aoife O’Donovan, Robert Sullivan, Sam and Louise Sullivan, and Colm Tóibín

Monday, February 9 | 7:30 pm

An omnium-gatherum of words and music hosted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon

with music by the Wayside Shrines

Mon, 09/02/2015 - 19:30
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

*Due to inclement weather, this event, originally scheduled for January 26, has been rescheduled for March 9.

Colm Tóibín, beloved Irish author of The Testament of Mary and Brooklyn, (now being adapted for a film starring Saoirse Ronan), in conversation about his newest novel, Nora Webster, an unforgettable portrait of an inimitable woman, her family, and the small Irish town that confines her. With Siri Hustvedt (The Blazing World). Terry Donnelly (The Irish Repertory Theatre) will read an excerpt.

Clare Higgins (A Delicate Balance), originally scheduled to read an excerpt, will not be able to read on March 9.

"A luminous, elliptical novel in which everyday life manages, in moments, to approach the mystical." - Jennifer Egan (The New York Times)

"Brooklyn held me spellbound. Tóibín has a gift that Tolstoy and Chekhov have also been credited with: a seeming ability to render real life, undiluted and unornamented, on the page." - Bloomberg News

A limited number of tickets are available. Please call the box office on 212-864-5400, Tues.-Sun. between 1pm-6pm to purchase.

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 19:00
192 Books 192 Tenth Avenue New York

Set in Colm Toibin's home country of Ireland, Nora Webster is a magnificent novel about a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope.

Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora Webster has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it.

Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven - herself.