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Colum McCann

Writer, US National Book Award Winner and Booker Prize Finalist

Irish writer based in New York, with a career acclaimed by both critics and audience. Trained in journalism, he is known for his poetic realism and his ability to tackle complex social issues through fiction, such as the "Troubles" of Northern Ireland, the endemic poverty of New York or the multiple aspects of the September 11th terrorist attack. His work includes seven novels, three books of short stories and an essay on writing, translated into forty languages. He is the author of the bestseller TransAtlantic (Random House, 2013), finalist of the Booker Prize 2013, and the novel Let the Great World Spin (Random House, 2009), winner of the US National Book Award 2009 and the Dublin IMPAC Prize. He has also collaborated with media such as The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Atlantic, and teaches writing at the prestigious Hunter College in New York. In 2021 he published Apeirogon (Random House, 2020), a story in which he delves from fiction into the testimony of two fathers, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, united by the mourning and loss of their daughters. The book was a finalist for the Booker Prize 2020. In addition to his writing, he is also co-founder of the global story-sharing organization Narrative 4.

Update: 21 October 2021


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Conversation with Colum McCann and Mercè Folch

Every story, a whole world