Colum McCann, Síle Nic Chonaonaigh and special guests Bassim Aramin and Rami Elhanan

Date: Friday March 27th
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
Time: 7pm
Cost: €15 / €12
Age: Adult

Meet the National Book Award-winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann as he joins us for a discussion of his most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon - named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides. The novel is tells the intertwining stories of Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Rami Elhanan. 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.
Rami and Bassam will join Colum for this very special discussion of his new novel which he has crafted out of universe of fictional and nonfictional material, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. Apeirogon is a novel for our time.

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. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire’s “Best and Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children, and he is the cofounder of the global nonprofit story exchange organization Narrative 4.

The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the ongoing conflict. Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. The organization thus utilizes all resources available in education, public meetings and the media to spread these ideas. Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Rami Elhanan met and have remained friends through The Parents Circle and were the subject of an episode of the RTE documentary series WHAT IN THE WORLD, the presenter of which Peadar King will appear at Mountains to Sea with his own book. 

Síle Nic Chonaoinaigh is an experienced presenter, broadcaster and actor on both stage and screen. In her recent hugely compelling TV series BALLA she explored four of the world’s most iconic walls and borders; the USA-Mexico border, the now demolished Berlin Wall, the Korean DMZ and the Israel-Palestine Separation Barrier. Síle and the team uncovered the human stories behind these walls. She has also presented the very popular Garraí Ghlas series on TG4.

Colum McCann