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Internationally acclaimed writer Colum McCann will read from his work as part of the Writers in the Library series at 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 2. The event will be held in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library, and is free and open to the public.

Dustin Aksland for The Wall Street Journal
Photo by Dustin Aksland, The Wall Street Journal

McCann is an award-winning author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including the international bestseller TransAtlantic and the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin. Stories from his most recent collection, Thirteen Ways of Looking, published this month, have garnered a Pushcart Prize and selection in the Best American Short Stories 2015 anthology.

He has also been the recipient of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been published in more than thirty-five languages.

In addition to his writing, McCann is the co-founder of Narrative 4, a global nonprofit focused on the exchange of stories as a way of building community throughout the world. McCann teaches in the Creative Writing program at Hunter College in New York.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors throughout the academic year. The program is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. UT’s Ready for the World Initiative provided additional funding for this event.


Christopher Hebert, writer in residence, UT Libraries (865-974-3004,

Karen Dunlap (865-974-8674,