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Thalia Book Club: Colum McCann Thirteen Ways of Looking
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 10/15/2015 at Symphony Space.

The Irish author of TransAtlantic presents his first collection of short fiction in over a decade. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Thirteen Ways of Looking explores the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments. In conversation with Lila Azam Zanganeh (The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness).

+ About the Artists


COLUM MCCANN is the author of the novels TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well
as the story collections
Everything in this Country Must, Fishing the Sloe- Black River, and Thirteen Ways of Looking, which was released this week. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of 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. He is the co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organization, Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children.

LILA AZAM ZANGANEH is the author of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, published internationally. Born in Paris to Iranian parents, she studied literature and philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and later moved to the United States to teach literature, cinema, and Romance languages at Harvard University. In 2002, she began contributing literary articles, interviews, and essays to American and European publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, Le Monde, and La Repubblica. She is fluent in seven languages and serves on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee and the Advisory Board of Libraries Without Borders. She was the recipient of the 2011 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism, awarded each year by the Center for Fiction. She is currently at work on a novel titled A Tale for Lovers & Madmen

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