Delta Visiting Chair Colm Tóibín – Screening: “Brooklyn” with public reception and audience Q&A

The Willson Center will welcome the internationally acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín to the University of Georgia as the second annual Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding March 16-17, 2017.

This week’s Delta Chair events begin with a screening tonight of the Academy Award-nominated 2015 film adaptation of Tóibín’s 2009 novel Brooklyn at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave. in downtown Athens. Because of weather-related travel delays, Colm Tóibín will be unable to attend this event, which will be held otherwise as planned. Tóibín will arrive in Athens in time to participate in all scheduled events Thursday and Friday. A catered public reception with Avid Bookshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the CinéLab, followed by the screening at 7:30. A Q&A session with Willson Center Director Nicholas Allen and Richard Neupert of UGA Film Studies will be held after the film.

NOTE: Tickets for the screening of Brooklyn are not currently available. It is likely that a limited number of seats will be open on the night of the screening, but at this time all have been spoken for by our university and community partners. The pre-screening reception and book signing at 6:30 p.m. in the CinéLab will be open to the public, including those without tickets to the screening, as will Colm Tóibín’s public events in the UGA Chapel, the Seney-Stovall Chapel, and Avid Bookshop.

Tóibín will also give a reading and talk in the University of Georgia Chapel on March 16 and participate in a public conversation in the Seney-Stovall Chapel on March 17 with the Irish writer and editor Fintan O’Toole, followed by a performance by the singer Iarla Ó Lionáird.

A prize-winning novelist, short-story writer, dramatist and critic, Tóibín’s works have been translated into more than thirty languages. He is the author of the acclaimed novels “The Master” and “Brooklyn,” a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a contributing editor at the London Review of Books.

Tóibín has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize, for his novels “The Blackwater Lightship” (1999), “The Master” (2004), and “The Testament of Mary” (2012). “The Master” won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and was named Novel of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. “Brooklyn” won the Costa Novel Award, and the film, adapted by screenwriter Nick Hornby, directed by John Crowley, and starring Saoirse Ronan, was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.