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Damon Galgut on The Promise with Colm Tóibín

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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT March 23, 2022

Online via Zoom & at
The Center for Fiction*

In-person* tickets include a $10 bookstore voucher, redeemable toward the featured event book on the night of the event. All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event.

The winner of the 2021 Booker Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice, The Promise by novelist and playwright Damon Galgut (The Good Doctor, In a Strange Room) is an epic South African drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of history, sure to leave its readers transformed. A family, reunited by four funerals over thirty years, remains haunted by an unmet promise, just as their country is haunted by its own failures. Author Colm Tóibín (The Magician) joins Galgut for a conversation on this searing story of family, history, grief, white privilege, and institutional racism.

Zakes Mda is no longer able to join us for this event.

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In Conversation

  • GALGUT author photo - Claire Fennell

    Damon Galgut

    Damon Galgut

    Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria. His 2003 novel The Good Doctor won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In a Strange Room (Europa Editions, 2010) was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Galgut was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2013. In 2021, Galgut won the Booker Prize for The Promise. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Colm Toibin by Reynaldo Rivera

    Colm Tóibín

    Colm Tóibín

    Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels, including The Magician, his most recent novel; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.