Boston Public Library welcomes COLUM MCCANN for a discussion of his essay collection, Letters to a Young Writer.
Letters to a Young Writer draws on the lessons MCCANN learned through nearly twenty years as a writer and a teacher of creative writing. He offers practical advice, creative inspiration, and a profound call to arms for a new generation of writers to bring truth and light to a dark world through their art. Addressing subjects such as “The Terror of the White Page,” “Embrace the Critics,” and “If You’re Done, You’ve Just Begun,” this collection is a testament to the bruises of writing as profession and as calling and a paean to the power of language.
McCann is the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two story collections. His work has been published in more than thirty languages. He currently teaches at the MFA Creative Writing program at Hunter College and lives in New York with his wife and three children.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.