Irish Novelist Colm Tóibín, Author Of ‘Brooklyn,’ On His Craft

Irish novelist Colm Tóibín at WBUR on Wednesday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Irish novelist Colm Tóibín at WBUR on Wednesday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

There’s a lot said in very few words in some of Colm Tóibín’s writing. He’s author of “Brooklyn,” which was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film last year. He’s also one of the most celebrated Irish novelists of today.

His most recent novel is “Nora Webster” — there’s also “The Testament of Mary” and “The Empty Family.”

Colm Tóibín will be speaking about “Writing and Violence” at Boston College Wednesday night.


Colm Tóibín, Irish novelist. He’s author of “Brooklyn” and “Nora Webster” among other books.


The Guardian: Colm Tóibín: ‘I Try To Dramatise The Small Things’

  • “The novelist had much to say on the writing process, provincial life in literature and seeing his work on the big screen, at a recent Guardian Book Club event.”

New York Magazine: Saoirse Ronan’s New York

  • “She would adjust her posture, look around carefully as though deliberately pulling the light in toward her wonderfully expressive face. She created a barrier around herself. There were no more jokes, and there was nothing self-deprecating about her. She had moved from Ireland to America in a few seconds, or moved from being a child star to a stunning actress.”

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