In a conversation inaugurating a new series, Ireland's Generation X?, Colum McCann will discuss his life and work with Keough-Naughton Institute Faculty Fellow Fellow Barry McCrea, the Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English, Irish Language and Literature, and Romance Languages and Literatures.
The event is jointly sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
Colum McCann is the author of seven novels and three collections of stories.
The territory of Mr. McCann's work is international in scope and geography. His topics have ranged from homeless people in the subway tunnels of New York, to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, to the effects of 9/11, to a poetic examination of the life and culture of the Roma in Europe.
His newest novel, Apeirogon, is set in the MIddle East. Named for a shape with an infinite yet countable number of sides, it is the story of two fathers—one Israeli, one Palestinian—each grieving the loss of a child to violence. By recognizing the loss that connects them, they join together and work for peace.
Mr. McCann's Let the Great World Spin (2011) won the National Book Award in the US, as well as several international literary prizes. Other books, also award-winning, include Thirteen Ways of Looking, TransAtlantic, Zoli, and Dancer.
The topics of the conversation on October 28 will include Apeirogon, as well as Ireland and the US, past and present, and what it means to be part of Generation X's in-between generation.