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Irish Author Colm Tóibín Leaves ‘Brooklyn’ Behind to Write About Ancient Greece

(Above: Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. Photo Courtesy: Jesse Costa/WBUR) Award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín is probably best known for his novel Brooklyn, about an Irish girl who emigrates to New York. In 2015, it was turned into a movie starring Saorise Ronan. His latest novel, House of Names, is a departure from Brooklyn – and […]

Colm-Toibin WBUR(Above: Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. Photo Courtesy: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

House of Names Book CoverAward-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín is probably best known for his novel Brooklyn, about an Irish girl who emigrates to New York. In 2015, it was turned into a movie starring Saorise Ronan.

His latest novel, House of Names, is a departure from Brooklyn – and from his last few stories centered around Ireland. The novel retells a classic tale from Greek mythology. Houston Public Media's Edel Howlin talked with Tóibín about this change in direction for his storytelling.

Tóibín will be in Houston to hold a reading Monday (May 8, 2017) at 7:30 p.m. as part of Inprint's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.

You can watch a live stream of the event at houstonpublicmedia.org.

MORE: Extended Conversation With Colm Tóibín (Houston Public Media, May 1, 2017)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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