Includes a copy of Apeirogon
Out of stock
Monday, 7:00 pm EDT February 24, 2020
The Center for Fiction
The National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann brings his outstanding new novel Apeirogon to life in a dramatic reading between actors David Wohl and Peter Ganim.
Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli, have both lost their daughters to politically-motivated violence. They forge a friendship and begin advocating for peace. McCann illustrates the unifying effect of shared grief in this daring and imaginative story, which is based on actual people and true events. Thoughtful and nuanced in his portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Apeirogon “might be his finest yet” (Kirkus Reviews).
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 and the nonfiction book Letters to a Young Writer. His fiction has been published in over forty languages. He has received many international honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and an Oscar nomination for his short film Everything in This Country Must. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish association of artists Aosdána, and he has also received a Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres award from the French government. In addition, he has won awards in Italy, Germany, and China. A contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives with his family in New York City, where he is the co-founder of the global nonprofit story exchange organization Narrative 4.
“If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be a secret agent’ (Thornton Wilder). David Wohl recently played the filmmaker Errol Morris in Rob Ackerman’s play Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson for the Working Theatre. On Broadway, he was seen in Golden Boy and Dinner at Eight for Lincoln Center Theater, The Man Who Had All the Luck for the Roundabout, and as Lazar Wolf in the 2004-2005 production of Fiddler on the Roof. Other: much regional, off Broadway, off- off (and way off). Film: Recent: Asher, The Boy Downstairs. Older include Sophie’s Choice, Revenge of the Nerds, Brewster’s Millions, Presumed Innocent, Saving Private Ryan, The Wackness. Television: series regular on Brooklyn Bridge, D.E.A., Once a Hero, Hey Arnold; many pilots, TV movies and episodes; recent ones include The Blacklist, Bull, and Madame Secretary.
He directs sometimes and likes to write poems. Here’s a haiku, “Dog Stage Direction”: Dog (brown eyebrow raised) / enters crosses to the bowl / takes a sniff exits.
Peter Ganim is an American artist, descended of Lebanese, Syrian, and Slovak-Rusyn immigrants. He lives and works in New York City.
As actor: Broadway, Oslo (Lincoln Center Theater) Off-Broadway, Right You Are! (National Actors Theatre), Power Strip (LCT3), Off-off, Medea (PTE), Phoenicia Flowers (Noor Theatre), and Nightclub (Ballet Hispánico) Regionally, Man and Superman, Hamlet, The Owl Answers, The Misanthrope, Othello, Three Sisters, A Doll House, Cloud 9, Tango Palace, Handler, The Bacchae, all in productions helmed by directors as idiosyncratic as Joseph Chaikin, Nancy Keystone, and Bartlett Sher. On film, an award-winning performance in Lapse, also Morris County, El Gallo, and She Lights Up Well. Recent TV includes guest star turns on The Good Fight, Madam Secretary, The Code, and Elementary.
As theater director: popular and critically-acclaimed stagings of Eugène Ionesco’s La Leçon and La Cantatrice Chauve, Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Jean Anouilh’s Antigone, Steven Berkoff’s Kvetch, and David Mamet’s Oleanna. He is a co-founder of the celebrated Théâtre du Rêve.
As narrator: highlights include the audio editions of Edward Said’s Orientalism, chef Eric Ripert’s memoir 32 Yolks, and Samuel Beckett’s first novel, Dream of Fair to Middling Women.
By Colum McCann
Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another – yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Rami’s license plate is yellow. Bassam’s license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam takes an hour and a half.
Both men have lost their daughters. Rami’s thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends. Bassam’s ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member ofthe border police outside her school. There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn’t had time to eat yet.
The men become the best of friends.
In this epic novel – named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides – Colum McCann crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature and politics into a tapestry of friendship, love, loss and belonging. Musical, muscular, delicate and soaring, it is a book for our times from a writer at the height of his powers.
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