Author Colum McCann to Read for Carver Series April 13
Novelist and short story writer Colum McCann, the Jane and Daniel Present Lecturer, will be the next writer to give a reading in the spring 2016 Raymond Carver Reading Series on Wednesday, April 13.
The series, which brings 12-14 prominent writers to campus each year, is presented by the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, in conjunction with the “Living Writers” undergraduate course (ETS 107). The series takes place on Wednesdays in Gifford Auditorium, starting with a Q&A at 3:45 p.m., followed by an author reading at 5:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories, most recently the short story collection “Thirteen Ways of Looking” (Random House, 2015). Born and raised in Dublin, he has been the recipient of many international honors, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China and an Oscar nomination. His work has been published in over 35 languages. He is the co-founder of the nonprofit global story exchange organization Narrative 4, and he teaches in the M.F.A. program at Hunter College.
BuzzFeed said of “Thirteen Ways of Looking”: “McCann’s characters in this new work—whether nuns or judges or writers—are mostly ordinary people encountering extraordinary situations often touched by loss. Powerful, profound, and deeply empathetic, McCann’s beautifully wrought writing in ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking’ glides off the page.”
The last writer in this spring’s lineup is novelist Dana Spiotta on April 27.