First-Year Reading Initiative (FYRI) - 2013

FYRI Featured Speaker 2013

Colm Tóibín

Monday, October 7, 2013
Discussion and Q&A of Brooklyn
Hockett Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
A book signing will follow in McHenry Lobby at 8:30 p.m.


The First-Year Featured Speaker is one of the highlights of the First-Year Experience. As author of the New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the Cost Book Award, Brooklyn, the 2013 FYRI pick, we are honored to have Colm Tóibín on campus to talk with first year students. Hear how Tóibín's own painful memories of homesickness in America and Spain inform Eilis' experiences in Brooklyn and how her ambivalent relationship to the small town Ireland she's left behind also echoes Colm Toibin's own.

Please join us for what promises to be an engaging conversation with the immensely gifted and accomplished writer!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact, Shaianne Osterreich at or 607-274-3552.  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.