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Author Colum McCann to speak at Main Library

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The Main Event Speaker Series presents international bestselling author Colum McCann Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. in the Akron-Summit County Public Main Library auditorium.

McCann has been described as a “poetic realist,” a writer who “is known to tackle the dark in order to get through to the light.”

Born in Ireland, McCann is the internationally bestselling author of five novels, including Let the Great World Spin, winner of the National Book Award, and his latest, Transatlantic. McCann has also written two highly acclaimed short story collections, and his work has been published in thirty-five languages. Other awards won by McCann include the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award. Esquire magazine has named McCann one of the “Best & Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar.

McCann is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, and The Paris Review, and teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program.

A question and answer session follows the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

The program is presented by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Friends of Main Library. It is free and open to the public. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 pm.

Call 330-643-9035 or go to for more information.

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