Colum McCann

Colum McCann, photo by Elizabeth Eagle
Colum McCann, photo by Elizabeth Eagle

Colum McCann is the award-winning author of seven novels and three collections of short stories. His most recent novel, Apeirogon, has received rave reviews, including starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist.

McCann’s fiction has been published in more than 40 languages and has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, the Paris Review, Granta, the Atlantic, GQ, Tin House, Bomb, and several other places. He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, Die Zeit, La Republicca, Paris Match, the Guardian, the Times and the Independent.

Born and raised in Dublin, he has been the recipient of many international honors, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish Arts Academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts.

McCann is co-founder of the nonprofit global story exchange organization Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program at Hunter College. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their family.


selected bibliography

Apeirogon by Colum McCann
Apeirogon (2020)
Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann
Thirteen Ways of Looking (2015)
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
TransAtlantic (2013)
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin (2009)

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online resources

Colum McCann’s website
“Author McCann on politics and the Art of Peacemaking,” the San Diego Union-Tribune, March 8, 2020
“A Beautifully Observed Masterpiece” the Guardian, February 24, 2020
“McCann’s Radical Empathy” the New York Times, June 2, 2013

Video: McCann in Conversation with Claire Messud about Apeirogon