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Boston Public Library welcomes bestselling Irish author Colm Tóibín for a St. Patrick's Day author talk

March 11, 2016

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Boston Public Library’s Author Talk Series features renowned Irish author Colm Tóibín on Thursday, March 17, at 12 the Abbey Room at the Central Library in Copley Square in collaboration with the Consulate General of Ireland.

“St. Patrick’s Day in the City of Boston holds a special place in my life,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “It is a festive celebration of Irish culture, and we are fortunate to have such a talented writer coming to visit the Boston Public Library on this occasion. We welcome Colm Tóibín and I encourage the people of Boston to take a moment to stop by and hear about his work.”

“We welcome Colm Tóibín to the Boston Public Library for this special St. Patrick’s Day author talk and are grateful to the Consulate General of Ireland for their work to bring this to fruition,” said Boston Public Library Interim President David Leonard. “The talk promises to be a wonderful opportunity for the audience to learn more about his works and career as a bestselling author, during this year of great significance to members of the Irish community at home and abroad.”

Consul General of Ireland, Fionnuala Quinlan said: “We are delighted that Colm Tóibín agreed to give a reading in Boston to mark St. Patrick’s Day. He will read from Brooklyn, a moving story of emigration, love, and loss, which will have particular resonance for a Boston audience.”

“Colm is one of our most celebrated authors and I am delighted that the many admirers of his work in Boston will have this opportunity to hear him read in the beautiful surrounds of the Abbey Room. I’d like to thank Boston Public Library for this special collaboration. ”

Colm Tóibín is the author of eight novels, including The MasterNora Webster, and two collections of stories. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. His novel Brooklyn was recently made into a film starring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan. His play The Testament of Mary was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2013. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of Humanities at Columbia University.

Boston Public Library’s author series continues, showcasing a wide range of talented writers. Visit our calendar of events  or download a copy of the Authors & Lectures brochure for additional talks.

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