Click to search the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Skip Navigation

Backstage: Backstage with COLM TOIBIN

February 3, 2011

Viewing videos on requires Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher.

Get the Flash plugin from


Copy the embed code below to add this video to your site, blog, or profile.

Go backstage with Colm Tóibín as he talks about his new collection of short stories, The Empty Family, demonstrates a profound understanding of human fragility and resilience – and the price we pay for both. In "Two Women," a brief encounter reminds a formidable woman of her long-lost lover. In "Silence," Tóibín revisits one of his favorite subjects, Henry James, who appears in this story at the same table as Lady Gregory. In "The Street," Tóibín recounts a secret gay love affair between two Pakistani workers in Spain – both lonely in their adopted country, and both longing for a human connection far from home.