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National Book Award winner Colum McCann to deliver this year’s William Gifford Lecture, November 4, 2015

Acclaimed author Colum McCann, winner of the 2009 National Book Award for the novel Let the Great World Spin, will deliver the William Gifford Lecture at Vassar College.

McCann will read from his work at this event, which will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 6:00pm, in Taylor Hall, room 102. Afterward, there will be a question and answer session and McCann will sign copies of his books. Sponsored by the English Department and the William Gifford Fund for Writers-in-Residence, this lecture is free and open to the public.

McCann’s writing has been published in thirty languages and appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and Bomb. His most recent novel, TransAtlantic, spans 150 years and two continents while weaving fictional and historical characters and situations. It was a New York Times bestseller and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews.

Let the Great World Spin followed the stories of several different New Yorkers on the day French artist Philippe Petit performed a high-wire stunt between the two towers of the World Trade Center. Esquire called it “the first great 9/11 novel” and the New York Times Book Review said the book was “an emotional tour de force.”

McCann teaches in the Master’s of Fine Arts Program at Hunter College in New York City.

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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, October 5, 2015