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March 6, 2007

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum

The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:

Colm Tóibín and André Aciman discuss longing, heartbreak and language, the poetics of love and death. Which comes first, they ask, desire or heartbreak, love or loss, and which lasts longer, remembrance or remorse, questions that haunt them, and that they both have explored in their most recent work?Aciman's Call Me By Your Name and Toibin's Mothers and Sons: Stories.

About André Aciman

André Aciman is the author of Out of Egypt and False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory. He has also co-authored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. Born in Alexandria, he lived in Italy and France. He is currently the chair of The Graduate Center's doctoral program in Comparative Literature and the director of The Writers' Institute. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library.

 

  

About Colm Tóibín

Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction and is a regular contributor to various newspapers and magazines. He was awarded the E. M. Forster Award in 1995 by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novels include The Story of the Night, The Master, and The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. His non-fiction includes The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe and The Irish Famine (with Diarmaid Ferriter). In 2002 he was a fellow at The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library to research the life of Irish dramatist Lady Augusta Gregory for his book Lady Gregory's Toothbrush. His latest book is a collection of short stories, Mothers and Sons: Stories.

*These annual lectures made possible by an endowed fund established by the friends and associates of the late Richard B. Salomon.