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New & Noted

Colum McCann

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“A writer of power and subtlety and beauty.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Colum McCann will be joined on stage by the inspirations for Apeirogon, Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin, for a moderated conversation with Christine Cusick of Narrative 4.

Internationally bestselling author Colum McCann returns with his most ambitious novel to date, Apeirogon (named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides), an epic story rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. 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 that they must negotiate.

Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old 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 one another’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

McCann crafts Apeirogon out of a universe of fictional and non-fictional material. He crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature, and politics together in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful.

“McCann is a passionate writer whose impulse is always toward a generous understanding of his diverse characters.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Book Signing

A book signing will follow the lecture. A selection of backlist titles and the author’s current book will be available for sale from Mystery Lovers Bookshop.

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WHEN

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7 p.m.

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$33, includes a copy of Apeirogon
Group discounts are available for groups of 5 or more!
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Tickets may also be purchased via phone (412.622.8866) or at the door from 6 p.m. on the day of the event.

WHERE

Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213

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