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Roddy Doyle in Conversation with Colum McCann


May 2, 2010 | French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), Florence Gould Hall | NYC

With Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann


Co-sponsored the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

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Join two of contemporary fiction’s most gifted and beloved voices, heirs to the great Irish literary tradition. Roddy Doyle’s novels and stories, from The Commitments to Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha and The Deportees, are unforgettable classics, as is his recent novel, The Dead Republic, helping to define modern Ireland with wit and verve. Colum McCann, whose subjects range from the life of Rudolf Nureyev in Dancer to the plight of Europe’s gypsies in Zoli, won the 2009 National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin, a kaleidoscopic novel of Irish immigrants in 1970s New York. Listen to these two author-raconteurs spin tales of their literary roots, ideas, and inspirations.

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• Read an excerpt from Roddy Doyle’s The Dead Republic

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