Just the Right Book! Episode 35: Colm Toibin on ‘House of Names’

Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities.

In this week’s episode, Roxanne Coady hits the stage to speak with Colm Toibin, the award-winning author of seven novels, including The Master and Brooklyn. Colm Toibin joined Coady to speak with her and the audience about his newest novel, House of Names, which is a retelling of the Greek myth of Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, and their children. He shares a lot of insight on the plot of his newest story, inspiration behind it, and so much more. He also speaks about some of his most famous characters and why he chose different directions for them.

Some of the other famous novels Toibin wrote that you may be familiar with include The South, The Heather Blazing, and The Story of the Night. He is a man of many trades as a novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and poet. He has also spent his time as an Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. In 2011, he collected the Irish PEN Award, and was named as one of Britain’s Top 300 Intellectuals despite being Irish, all in the same year! With many accomplishments behind him, Toibin has a lot to share.

Later in the episode, Coady also speaks to Miriam Sontz, CEO of Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon for “What’s on the Front Table.”


Books in this episode:

House of Names by Colm Toibin

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Marie Curie by Lola M. Schaefer, Wyatt Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor)

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