Irish novelist and essayist Colm Tóibín is known for award-winning, wide-ranging fiction including the novels The Master, Brooklyn (made into a very successful film starring Saoirse Ronan), Nora Webster and The Testament of Mary. In his latest novel, House of Names, he turns to Greek tragedy, drawing on memories of the conflict in Northern Ireland in a brilliant retelling of the story of Clytemnestra. Always engaging, Tóibín will speak with Eleanor Wachtel about his new novel and other recent work, including his critical study, On Elizabeth Bishop.
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Colm Tóibín is the award-winning author of nine internationally acclaimed novels, including The Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Man Booker Prize. The Master also won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Novel Award and finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was made into an Oscar-nominated film in 2015. Nora Webster was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Folio Prize. His two acclaimed short story collections are The Empty Family and Mothers and Sons. He is also the author of many works of nonfiction. He lives mainly in Dublin, Ireland. He presents House of Names.
Over 27 years as host of “Writers & Company” on CBC Radio, Eleanor Wachtel has earned a reputation as of the world’s best interviewers. In 2011, “Writers & Company”won a silver medal at the prestigious New York Festivals International Radio Awards. Eleanor herself has earned numerous accolades, including nine honorary degrees from universities across Canada. In 2004, she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada and in 2014, she was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada. Eleanor was born and raised in Montreal, where she studied English literature at McGill University. Over her 40 years in broadcasting, she has dedicated her career to telling the stories of those who tell stories, engaging the world’s best and most influential artists in intimate, illuminating conversations.