Just appointed the Irish Arts Council Laureate for Irish Fiction, Colm Tóibín will give a reading and talk at Notre Dame with his newest book on Thomas Mann, The Magician (Simon and Schuster, 2021) as the centerpiece.The Magician was selected as a Notable Book, a Critics' Top Book, and a Top 10 Book of Historical Fiction by The New York Times, and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Washington Post, Vogue, and The Wall Street Journal.
Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He is the author of ten novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University.
Professor Tóibín has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster, University College Dublin, the University of East Anglia, and the Open University. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. He has twice been Visiting Stein Writer at Stanford University and has also been a visiting writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at Princeton from 2009 to 2011 and was Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester in 2011. He is currently Chancellor of Liverpool University, President of Listowel Writers Week, and a member of the Board of Druid Theatre.