During the dinner gala at The Ireland Funds 2011 Worldwide Conference, the internationally acclaimed professor and novelist, Colum McCann, received the 39th annual AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund (AIF) Literary Award. Mr. McCann was presented with the award, including a bursary of $25,000, by AIF chairman, Loretta Brennan Glucksman.
Colum McCann was born in Dublin, in 1965. He lives in New York City with his wife, Alison, and their three children.
He is a Professor of Contemporary Literature at European Graduate School and Professor of Fiction at CUNY Hunter College's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. In addition to the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award, McCann was the 2009 National Book Award Winner, and his most recent novel, Let the Great World Spin, has been optioned for film production by J.J. Abrams. His fiction has been translated into over 30 languages.
- Fishing the Sloe-Black River (1994)
- Songdogs (1995)
- This Side of Brightness (1998)
- Everything in this Country Must (2000)
- Dancer (2003)
- Zoli (2006)
- Let the Great World Spin (2009)