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Irish Author to Read From Latest Novel
(Released: 04/16/01)

By Karen Grava, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Irish novelist, journalist and scholar, Colm Toibin, will read from his most recent novel on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the University of Connecticut's William Benton Museum in Storrs. The reading will be followed by a book-signing and a reception. The event is free and open to the public.

Toibin will read The Blackwater Lightship as a part of the 4th Gerson Memorial Irish Literature Reading Series. The Blackwater Lightship was short-listed for the 1999 Booker Prize for fiction, and Publisher's Weekly describes it as "a delicately powerful story of a family's failure to face difficult feelings." Toibin's previous works include The South, The Story of Night, Homage to Barcelona, The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe. He is also the editor of The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (2000).

The event is sponsored by the UConn English Department, the University of Connecticut Irish Studies Alliance, and the Creative Writing Program, with support from the Elizabeth Stanley Gerson Memorial Fund. Gerson graduated from UConn in 1948.

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