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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 03/09/2015 at Symphony Space.

Colm Tóibín, beloved Irish author of The Testament of Mary and Brooklyn, (now being adapted for a film starring Saoirse Ronan), in conversation about his newest novel, Nora Webster, an unforgettable portrait of an inimitable woman, her family, and the small Irish town that confines her. With Siri Hustvedt (The Blazing World). Terry Donnelly (The Irish Repertory Theatre) will read an excerpt. 

Clare Higgins (A Delicate Balance), originally scheduled to read an excerpt, will not be able to read on March 9. 

"A luminous, elliptical novel in which everyday life manages, in moments, to approach the mystical." - Jennifer Egan (The New York Times)

"Brooklyn held me spellbound. Tóibín has a gift that Tolstoy and Chekhov have also been credited with: a seeming ability to render real life, undiluted and unornamented, on the page." - Bloomberg News

+ About the Artists

Terry Donnelly has been a member of both Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and the British National Theatre in London. She recently starred in Juno and the Paycock and Transport, both at the Irish Repertory Theatre, as well as Frank McCourt’s The Irish... and How They Got That Way in Boston and New York. She has played several roles in Dancing at Lughnasa and The Streets of New York at the Westport Playhouse. On television, she has appeared in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, BBC’s The Silver Tassie, and The Crezz on ITV. She has recorded over 150 audio books and has performed for some years at Symphony Space in Bloomsday on Broadway.

Siri Hustvedt is the author of a book of poems, Reading to You; three books of essays, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting; A Plea for Eros; and Living, Thinking, Looking; a work of nonfiction, The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves; and six novels: The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved, The Sorrows of an American, The Summer Without Men, and The Blazing World. She was the recipient of the 2012 Gabarron International Award for Thought and Humanities. The Blazing World was long listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. She lectures on and writes about psychiatry, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis. She serves as a lecturer in psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

Colm Tóibín is the author of eight novels, including Nora Webster, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of The Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; and The Testament of Mary; as well as two story collections, Mothers and Sons and The Empty Family, which was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize. He is also the author of several books of essays, including the most recent New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families. His work has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize and has been given numerous awards including the Irish Pen Award for contribution to Irish literature. He is a regular contributor to The Dublin Review, The New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books.

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