Tue, 02/12/2014 - 22:35 - 23:40
BBC One

In this thoughtful, lyrical film, Imagine talks to the acclaimed and curiously divided Irish writer Colm Toibin. Loud and affable in person, Toibin writes sombre stories of grief and quiet heartbreak, repeatedly returning to the dark narrative of his own childhood and the complicated relationships between mothers and sons.

In the year that his bestselling novel Brooklyn is being adapted for the cinema and The Testament of Mary continues to provoke controversy, Toibin publishes his most poignant and personal novel yet.

With Fiona Shaw, Anne Enright and Nick Hornby.

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.