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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tickets are now on sale for COLM TÓIBÍN in conversation with Cara Cannella at Veronica Peoples Club on Feb 15

Hope you can join us! 

$25 Advance Ticket with Book:
$5 Advance Ticket without Book:
Limited Tickets Available at the Door

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Speak Easy Series Debuts:  A Live Conversation with NY Times Bestselling Author COLM TÓIBÍN at Veronica Peoples Club, on February 15, 2011 at 8pm

January 25, 2011 (Brooklyn, NY) - Announcing the debut event of the Speak Easy Series. SPEAK EASY is a live series that intimately connects bold artists and entrepreneurs with local audiences. Curated by Brooklyn-based journalist Cara Cannella, Speak Easy seeks to inspire curiosity and explore creativity through provocative conversation. 

On February 15, Speak Easy presents COLM TÓIBÍN (, bestselling author of Brooklyn and The Master, in conversation with Speak Easy founder and curator, Cara Cannella.

In celebration of Colm Tóibín’s newly published story collection The Empty Family, Speak Easy Series invites him for a reading and discussion of the book, followed by audience Q&A and book signing.

Books sold by independent bookstore Word (
With treats from Ovenly ( and drink specials.

Tuesday, February 15 at 8pm
(Doors open 7:30pm; early arrival encouraged due to limited capacity)

Veronica Peoples Club
105 Franklin St (between Greenpoint Ave & Milton St), Greenpoint, Brooklyn 

Colm Tóibín bio: 
Colm Tóibín was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of six novels including The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Brooklyn, winner of a Costa Book Award. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín teaches at Princeton University, and lives in Dublin and New York.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Colm Tóibín and Watercolor and Cupcakes

Last night I was lucky enough to catch the reading associated with callum innes|colm tóibín, water|colour (Dec 16—Jan 29) at the Sean Kelly Gallery at 528 West 29th Street. The exhibit focuses on a collaborative project between the Irish writer Colm Tóibín, award-winning author of novels including Brooklyn and The Master, and Scottish painter, Callum Innes. The gallery commissioned Tóibín to write a short story inspired by Innes’s ethereal square watercolors and installed his floating text along with the paintings. He read an excerpt from the story to a crowd last night.

It was wonderful to see him and hear his voice, and I'm honored to interview him for the debut of my monthly series on Tue, Feb 15 at 8pm at Veronica Peoples Club in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The independent Word bookstore (located half a block from Veronica's) will be selling Colm's books, including his new story collection, The Empty Family.

The lovely ladies of Ovenly will feed us, making this all feel a little like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, with more cupcakes and booze. Should we all wear cardigans for the big night?

Ticket info coming soon!