Thursday, April 21, 2016

Free Reading/Screening of hit Irish film BROOKLYN 4/29

Mark Koplik of UAlbany Writers Institute, on behalf of William Kennedy, would like to invite you and all members of the Capital Region’s Irish American community to their TWO free events with Colm Toibin,  author of Brooklyn, the basis of the hit film.


Colm ToibinColm Tóibín, Irish fiction and nonfiction writer and journalist
April 29 (Friday) Reading — 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center,  UAlbany Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany

April 29 (Friday) Film screening followed by Author Q&A — 7 p.m., Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus, 135 Western Ave.

Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland’s foremost living novelists and journalists. His novels include The Master (2004), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and The Blackwater Lightship (1999) and The Testament of Mary (2012), both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His newest novel is Nora Webster (2014), which Darin Strauss in the Los Angeles Times said “may actually be a perfect work of fiction...There is no pyrotechny in the writing – just compassion and shrewd insight…which is where Tóibín’s brilliance lies.”


BrooklynFilm screening of BROOKLYN with commentary by Colm Tóibín — Directed by John Crowley (Ireland/UK, 2015, 111 minutes, color) Starring Saoirse Ronan, 
Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson

BROOKLYN, a hit independent film based on Colm Tóibín’s 2009 same-titled novel, tells the tale of a young Irish woman who emigrates to Brooklyn, where she must choose between two countries and her life in each. The Hollywood Reporter said, “Tóibín’s superior novel...has  been turned into a beautiful and moving film.” The film stars Saoirse Ronan, whose performance in BROOKLYN earned her a 2016 Screen Actors Guild nomination for best female actor in a leading role.

Sponsored in association with Albany Pro Musica’s City of Immigrants Concert, a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the Capital Region. See http://www.albanypromusica.org/concerts/ for additional information.

More about Colm Toibin:  http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/toibin_colm16.html#.Vxj8l01wXs0

For more information contact the Writers Institute at 518 442 5620 or visit us online at www.albany.edu/writers-inst.