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Colum McCann

Warwick’s & University of San Diego's College of Arts and Sciences present
Colum McCann
in conversation with Avi Spiegel


Monday, March 9, 2020 - 7:00pm PDT

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
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This is a ticketed event.

$30.17 - One General Admission - Includes one copy of Apeirogon
$40.17 - Two General Admissions - Includes one copy of Apeirogon

  • General Admission Check-In at 6:15PM.
  • Please print out your tickets.
  • Seating is first-come, first served.
  • You will receive a copy of Colum's book when you check in.
  • Please enter campus from the west entrance and park in the west lot. Shuttles will be available from the parking structure to the theater.
  • The event will begin on time, so please allow plenty of time to get from the parking structure to the theater.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as three critically acclaimed story collections and the nonfiction book Letters to a Young Writer. His fiction has been published in over forty languages. He has received many international honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and an Oscar nomination for his short film Everything in This Country Must. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish association of artists Aosdána, and he has also received a Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres award from the French government. In addition, he has won awards in Italy, Germany, and China. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives with his family in New York City, where he is the cofounder of the global nonprofit story exchange organization Narrative 4. Avi Spiegel is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at University of San Diego.

Colum McCann's most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon - named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides - is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other's stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

McCann crafts Apeirogon out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material. He crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. Musical, cinematic, muscular, delicate, and soaring, Apeirogon is a novel for our time.

This event, presented by Warwick's and the University of San Diego's College of Arts and Sciences, is additionally supported by the San Diego Union-Tribune as we count down to their 2020 Festival of Books on August 24th at Liberty Station. Click below for more details!

Apeirogon: A Novel By Colum McCann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400069606
Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020