Colum McCann’s profoundly moving masterpiece, Apeirogon, is based on a true story of a friendship between “An Israeli, against the Occupation. A Palestinian, studying the Holocaust.” United by the devastation of losing a daughter to political violence, Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan together tell their daughters’ stories over and over, to anyone that will listen, in an attempt to bring a peaceful resolution to the endless conflict. Colum’s radically empathetic novel is infused with both desperate hope and poetic power.
Please note that Colum McCann will join us in the Garden via live streaming from New York, USA. Supported by Culture Ireland
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Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. His most recent novels, Apierogon and TransAtlantic were both longlisted for the Booker Prize, and his previous novel, Let the Great World Spin, won the National Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Sophie Cunningham is the editor of the collection Fire, Flood,Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020. She is the author of six books including, Melbourne, City of Trees and the children’s book Tippy & Jellybean: The True Story of a Brave Koala who Saved her Baby from a Bushfire. She is a former book publisher and editor, a former chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, a former editor of the literary journal Meanjin, a co-founder of The Stella Prize and is now an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University’s Non/fiction Lab. In 2019 Sophie Cunningham was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contributions to literature.