Book cover for Colum McCann's Apeirogon: A Novel

Colum McCann, Apeirogon: A Novel

Colum McCann discusses his new book, Apeirogon: A Novel, with Andrew Lapin, Editor of the Detroit Jewish News.

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Presented in loving memory of Sheri Schiff (z”l)

From Colum McCann, the National Book Award winner and best-selling author of Let the Great World Spin, comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers – Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives, but when their lives are both upended by tragedy, they recognize the loss that connects them. Together they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace – and with one small act, start to permeate what has for generations seemed an impermeable conflict.

Supporter: Commerce Township Community Library, Congregation Beth Ahm Sisterhood

Colum McCann, Apeirogon: A Novel

About the Author:
Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as three critically acclaimed story collections and the nonfiction book Letters to a Young Writer. His fiction has been published in over forty languages. He has received many international honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and an Oscar nomination for his short film Everything in This Country Must. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish association of artists Aosdána, and he has also received a Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres award from the French government. In addition, he has won awards in Italy, Germany, and China. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives with his family in New York City, where he is the co-founder of the global nonprofit story exchange organization Narrative 4.

About the Moderator: 
Andrew Lapin is the Editor of the Detroit Jewish News, where he oversees the editorial direction and digital strategy of the historic 78-year-old publication. He was also a longtime freelance film critic, journalist, podcaster and media analyst. You may have read his film reviews on, seen his “Chai Brow” column in Moment Magazine or heard him on WBUR’s Here & Now.


Dec 01 2020


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Colum McCann, Apeirogon: A Novel