VILLANOVA, Pa. – Award-winning Irish author, Colum McCann, is set to visit Villanova University and perform a reading from his latest novel, Transatlantic. Winner of the National Book Award, TransAtlantic spans more than 150 years of American and Irish history. Beginning with the Irish Famine in 1846, the tale follows the incredible journey of abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass.
McCann will perform a reading from TransAtlantic at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Connelly Center Cinema on Villanova’s Main Campus. The event is co-sponsored by the departments of Irish Studies, Africana Studies with Department of English, Creative Writing, and Cultural Studies at Villanova.
Born in Ireland in 1965, Colum McCann is the author of six novels and two collections of stories. He has received 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. McCann teaches at the Master of Fine Arts program at Hunter College.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.