Author Visits

New & Noted: Colm Tóibín

Main (Oakland)

Award-winning and critically acclaimed Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections. The film adaptation of Brooklyn received three Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.

In House of Names, Tóibín masterfully retells the myth of Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, and their three children. In the ancient story, Agamemnon, desperate for wind so he can sail to battle, sacrifices his oldest daughter. His wife, Clytemnestra, enraged and betrayed, plots her revenge and when Agamemnon returns triumphant from war, Clytemnestra murders him. In turn, Orestes, her only son, spurred to action by his sister Electra, murders Clytemnestra.

The story of this unblessed family gains new nuance and richness in Tóibín’s hands including an illuminating focus on Orestes. House of Names is about a fierce and ferociously dramatic family, and who is better on families, in all their complexity, than Colm Tóibín?

Tickets are required to attend this event. Tickets are $31 each and can be purchased over the phone at 412.622.8866, online, or at the door starting at 6 pm on the evening of the event. Every ticket comes with a paperback copy of Tóibín’s new book House of Names.

A book signing will follow the lecture. Tóibín’s books will be available for sale from local bookseller Classic Lines.

New & Noted is a collaborative initiative of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to bring nationally touring authors to Pittsburgh with their newly released titles.


CLP – Main (Oakland) Lecture Hall

CLP – Main (Oakland) Lecture Hall

4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15213

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