Ryerson’s English department recently hosted the eminent Irish author Colm Tóibín in one of its flagship first-year English courses, Introduction to Fiction (ENG 108). Students in Dr. Laura Fisher’s ENG 108 course welcomed Tóibín to their class on October 23, 2014. Dr. Fisher’s students study Tóibín’s award-winning 2009 novel Brooklyn as the key text in their unit on fiction, and were lucky enough to spend one and a half hours conversing with the author. Tóibín answered student questions about his writing process, artistic and intellectual influences, and the novel itself, which chronicles a young woman’s immigration from rural Ireland to Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s. As part of the event, Tóibín was also gracious enough to sign copies of Brooklyn, which are now emblazoned not only with students’ thoughtful margin notes but also with the signature of one of the most important and celebrated contemporary English-language authors.
Celebrated Author Colm Tóibín visited an "Introduction to Fiction" class in Fall 2014.