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Colum McCann

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Colum McCann is the author of two collections of short stories and four novels, including "This Side of Brightness,""Dancer" and “Zoli,” all of which were international best-sellers. His newest novel “Let the Great World Spin” will come out in 2009. His fiction has been published in 26 languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Paris Review and other places. He has written for numerous publications including The Irish Times, Die Zeit, La Republicca, Paris Match, The New York Times, the Guardian and the Independent.

In 2003 Colum was named Esquire magazine's "Writer of the Year." Other awards and honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Irish Independent Hughes and Hughes/Sunday Independent Novel of...more


Hello to Readers ...
I'm gearing up for the launch of "Let the Great World Spin" (coming from Random House, June 23) and invite you all to visit my website colummccann.com where I'm going to be posting tour dates and so on.
Quite honestly, I'm nervous and charged at the same time.
I'll spend most of July in the U.S, then in France in August, Ireland and England in early September, France again a... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.89 · 76,350 ratings · 9,903 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
Let the Great World Spin
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 58,011 ratings — published 2009 — 62 editions
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TransAtlantic
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 10,861 ratings — published 2013 — 32 editions
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Dancer
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 2,084 ratings — published 2003 — 30 editions
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Zoli
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,912 ratings — published 2001 — 26 editions
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This Side of Brightness
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,680 ratings — published 1998 — 25 editions
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Everything in This Country ...
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 468 ratings — published 2000 — 15 editions
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Songdogs
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 392 ratings — published 1995 — 11 editions
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Fishing the Sloe-Black River
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 144 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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"Characters, real and fictional, crisscross the ocean in search of peace in TransAtlantic, the latest historical novel from the National Book Award winner for Let the Great World Spin." ...More

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I have finally crawled out of the woodwork, or the pagework. Have just pressed "send" on the very last draft of my new novel TransAtlantic which...more
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date: March 15, 2009 01:00PM
location: Puck Fair, Lafayette Street, New York, The United States
description: A literary brunch. Irish and American writers reading from their favourite Irish writers (dead and alive!) for Saint Patrick's Day.

$15 but a full brunch and drink is included.

Previous years readers include Frank McCourt, Richard Price, Thomas Kelly, Gerard Donovan

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The Summer He Didn't Die by Jim Harrison
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“The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

“Some people think love is the end of the road, and if you're lucky enough to find it, you stay there. Other people say it just becomes a cliff you drive off, but most people who've been around awhile know it's just a thing that changes day by day, and depending on how much you fight for it, you get it, or you hold on to it, or you lose it, but sometimes it's never even there in the first place.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

“The thing about love is that we come alive in bodies not our own.”
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Lillian Hello Colum,
The post came through.
Thank you so much for becoming my friend on Goodreads. Seriously though it is not the dreaded FB. Goodreads is just plain fun. You'll enjoy it I'm sure.
We are all extremely excited and eagerly awaiting the publication of Transatlantic. I'm looking forward to catching up with you again in Seattle on your book tour. Be well.

BTW: What are you reading?

Best,
Lillian


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Colum McCann Hello!
I have finally crawled out of the woodwork, or the pagework. Have just pressed "send" on the very last draft of my new novel TransAtlantic which will come out this summer. I feel like the sky suddenly opened.

Apologies to anyone who sent me a message on Goodreads and I didn't get back to you. First of all I'm a complete idiot when it comes to technology. Secondly I dread the Facebook disease where I will just get sucked into doing posts (like this!)over and over again. But I want to say hello to everyone and to let you know that I hope to post in a more regular way. I have to re-familiarize myself with Goodreads ... I'm not even sure how this post goes out or if anyone will get it.

In the meantime, in between time, all the best to everyone and thanks for keeping the faith ...

Colum


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