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An Evening with Colum McCann

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For S2G's Montclair Literary Festival 2020 on March 12: meet Colum McCann and hear him discuss his ground-breaking new novel, APEIROGON.

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In a pre-festival event for Succeed2gether's Montclair Literary Festival, don’t miss the chance to hear Colum McCann, National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin, discuss his most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon, an epic novel rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss. McCann will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Garth Risk Hallberg.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. Their lives are upended one after the other: first, Rami’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Smadar, becomes the victim of suicide bombers; a decade later, Bassam’s ten-year-old daughter, Abir, is killed by a rubber bullet. Rami and Bassam had been raised to hate one another. And yet, when they learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them.

This extraordinary novel is the fruit of a seed planted when Colum McCann met the real Bassam and Rami on a trip with the non-profit organization Narrative 4. With their blessing, and unprecedented access to their families, lives, and personal recollections, McCann began to craft Apeirogon, which uses their real-life stories to begin another—one that crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. The result is an ambitious novel, crafted out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material, with these fathers’ moving story at its heart.

Apeirogon—named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides— crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful.

Tickets ($30) include a copy of Apeirogon. Doors open at 6.15pm. The talk will take place from 7-8pm.

The VIP admission ($100) includes a post-event cocktail party with the author (8-9pm), priority entry and reserved seating.

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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 40 languages.

Garth Risk Hallberg’s first novel, City on Fire, was a New York Times and international bestseller, and was named one of the best books of 2015 by the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and others. He is also the author of the novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family.

This event is a fundraiser for Montclair-based non-profit Succeed2gether, which offers after-school one-on-one tutoring and enrichment classes with the aim of closing the education opportunity gap in Essex County.

The fourth annual Montclair Literary Festival will take place March 25 to 29, 2020. Please visit succeed2gether.org/montclair-literary-festival/ for more details of the program, which will feature more than 100 authors. The festival organizing committee wishes to thank event partners Succeed2gether staff, Montclair Public Library, First Congregational Church, and Watchung Booksellers, and festival sponsors Rao's, Montclair State University, West of Hudson Realty Group, and community members.

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