Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
McCann will speak Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Hilton in Fort Collins. He’ll attend a reception Nov. 8 at a location not yet determined.
Fort Collins Reads is a volunteer committee that seeks to encourage reading and the civil discussion it elicits. Since 2003, the committee has selected and promoted a book each year. Previous authors include Erik Larson, Geraldine Brooks, James McBride and T.C. Boyle.
“Let the Great World Spin” is a fictional book that begins with the real-life feat of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who walked between the Twin Towers in 1974. The book goes on to explore the lives and losses of other seemingly-unrelated characters, all of whom have been touched by the tight-rope act.
“Let the Great World Spin” was published in 2009 and won that year’s National Book Award for Fiction. It was a best-selling novel on four continents. McCann has written five other novels, including his most recent, “TransAtlantic,” a New York Times best-seller.
McCann was born in 1965 in Dublin, Ireland, and after studying journalism, worked as journalist for several Irish newspapers. In 1986, he came to the United States and spent two years bicycling around the country, getting to know its people.
McCann lives in New York City with his wife, Allison, and their three children. He teaches creative writing at Hunter College.