Internationally acclaimed writer Colum McCann will appear at Writers in the Library on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus on Monday, November 2. He will read from his work at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public. McCann will also host a Q & A with UT students that same day at 3:30pm in 1210 McClung Tower.
Colum McCann is the award-winning author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including the international bestseller TransAtlantic (2013) and the National Book Award winning Let the Great World Spin (2009). Stories from his most recent collection, Thirteen Ways of Looking, just published this month, have garnered a Pushcart Prize and selection in the Best American Short Stories 2015.
McCann has also been the recipient of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been published in over thirty-five languages.
In addition to his writing, McCann is the co-founder of Narrative 4, a global non-profit focused on the exchange of stories as a way of building community throughout the world. McCann teaches in the Creative Writing program at Hunter College in New York.
Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors throughout the academic year. The program is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. UT’s Ready for the World Initiative provided additional funding for this event.