Irish American Writers & Artists

November 20, 2009

SPOTLIGHT ON: Let the Great World Spin

Filed under: Literature — by tjenglish @ 6:02 pm


Winning the National Book Award is a singular accomplishment; we salute IAW&A member COLUM McCANN for this honor. A more significant achievement, however, is the writing of a great book that will withstand the test of time. Read LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN and you will know what we mean. “One of the most eclectic, profound novels” (NY Times); “This novel bristles with personality and moods” (SF Chronicle); “A marvelously rich novel” (Seattle Times). The praise has been lavish and the National Book Award well deserved, but most of all, as writers and artists, we tip our caps to Colum for having dared to create such a dazzling work of art as LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN.

Congratulations are in order

Filed under: Literature — by moneygrip4 @ 12:29 am

Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

As many of you I’m sure have heard, Colum McCann’s celebrated novel Let the Great World Spin has won the National Book Award for fiction for 2009. This is certainly an amazing accolade to receive, particularly for a young writer. I had the pleasure of meeting Colum for the first time at the Kennedy Gala last month, and felt compelled to offer my congratulations to him. Coincidentally, he is doing a reading this evening at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as a participant in their regular reading series. It just so happens I am very good friends with Mira Jacob and Alison Hart, the purveyors of this long-running and very popular Thursday night series. I highly encourage IAW&A members to attend their events, as they are wildly entertaining and often a great way to see high-caliber literary talent. The readings generally begin promptly at 7:30pm and are absolutely free. Pete’s Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamburg between Richardson and Frost streets. Space is limited so if possible, get there early. For a complete schedule or contact information visit

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