Sara Baume, Belinda McKeon, and Colm Tóibín, moderated by Ethan Nosowsky
For a small country, Ireland has a major impact on world literature, and writing is a laudable endeavor among those green hills. In this session, a well-established author meets with two young but acclaimed novelists to discuss how they became writers and what their homeland had to do with it. This session is a tribute to the Irish students who died or were injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse one year ago. Introduced by Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland in San Francisco, and Berkeley's Mayor Tom Bates.
Sara Baume's debut novel, "Spill Simmer Falter Wither," was longlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing and the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Barnes and Noble named the book one of its Discover Great New Writers Selections for 2016. Baume has also won the 2014 Davy Byrne’s Short Story Award, and in 2015, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Rooney Prize for Literature, and an Irish Book Award for Best Newcomer. In autumn 2015, she was a participant in the International Writing Program run by the University of Iowa and received a Literary Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Irish author Belinda McKeon's debut novel, "Solace," won the 2012 Faber Prize, was voted Irish Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her new book, "Tender," is about longing, intimacy, and obsession. Her essays and journalism have been published in The Paris Review, the New York Times, the Guardian, and elsewhere. She has had plays produced in Dublin and New York, and is under commission to the Abbey Theatre. McKeon was a nominee for the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction post.
Ethan Nosowsky is Editorial Director at Graywolf Press. He has edited books by Jeffery Renard Allen, Hilton Als, Kevin Barry, David Byrne, Vikram Chandra, Geoff Dyer, Dave Eggers, Sarah Manguso, Maggie Nelson, and Jenny Offill, among many others.
Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels including The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; and The Testament of Mary, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, he is currently Mellon Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.