Colm Tóibín with Caoilinn Hughes: Long Island

Thu. May 16, 2024 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
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Tóibín discusses the continuing story of Eilis Lacey in his long awaited follow-up to the bestselling and beloved Brooklyn.

Book Cover of Long IslandIn-person registration for this event has sold out, but livestream tickets are still available. A limited number of standby tickets will be available on the night of the event.

Twenty years after the events of Brooklyn, it is the spring of 1976 and the Irish expat Eilis Lacey is now married to Tony Fiorello with two teenage children and living on a cul-de-sac in Lindenhurst, Long Island, among Tony’s parents and his brothers and their wives and children. The huge extended family lives together, works together, eats and plays together. One day, an Irishman comes to the door and tells Eilis that his wife is pregnant with Tony’s child and that when the baby is born, he will not raise it but instead deposit it on Eilis’s doorstep. Long Island is the story of what Eilis does—and what she refuses to do—in response to this stunning news.

Colm Tóibín speaks with Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes, who is currently a fellow at the The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and publishes in 2024 her novel The Alternatives, a portrait of a family perched on our collective precipice.

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Colm Tóibín headshotColm Tóibín is the author of eleven novels, including Long Island, a sequel to Brooklyn forthcoming from Scribner in May 2024, The Magician, winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster; as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and has been named as the Laureate for Irish Fiction for 2022–2024 by the Arts Council of Ireland. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

Caoilinn Hughes headshotCaoilinn Hughes is the author of The Alternatives, just published by Riverhead; The Wild Laughter, which won the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award and was longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize; and Orchid & the Wasp, which won the Collyer Bristow Prize and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. She was recently the Oscar Wilde Centre Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, and is currently a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library.


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Colm Tóibín © Reynaldo Rivera
Caoilinn Hughes © Robin Christian

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