January 22, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass—Irish novelist Colm Toibin will read from his works on Monday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. The event, sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public.

Colm Toibin is the author of four novels, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night and The Blackwater Lightship. He has also written travelogues, including Homage to Barcelona and The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe. He has been a journalist and columnist for the Dublin Sunday Independent, and has written essays for Esquire (London) and the London Review of Books. In 2000 he edited the Penguin Book of Irish Fiction.

The Blackwater Lightship was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The South won the Irish Times-Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize, and The Heather Blazing won the Encore Award for the best second novel published in Britain. In 1995 Toibin won the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. Future participants in the 2000-2001 series include Thomas Glave, Forrest Gander, Agha Shahid Ali and J.D. McClatchy. The Creative Writing Center Website is at http://www.amherst.edu/~cwc.