TLC Book Tour – Let the Great World Spin

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
ISBN: 978-1400063734
368 pages
Published by Random House (June 2009)

I was really happy when I saw that TLC Book Tours was going to tour Let the Great World Spin which won the 2009 National Book Award. Like all well written literature, this novel touches on the larger issues of life. I loved this book which only got better and better as I turned the pages.

I am in New York City this week, taking part in the BEA and Book Blogger Convention, and my husband and I got a chance to see ground zero. McCann’s book is set on that spot before the tragedy of 9-11. It is a fitting place to set this novel about moving forward and life continuing after tragedy; a novel about the connections between people; a novel about the light in the midst of darkness.

While Kip and I walked around the area where the Twin Towers used to stand, we were very moved. There is now only a large crater and the face of a destroyed building on the site…along with cranes and debris. A flag soars high above the ground – a reminder of how our country came together in the face of tragedy.

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Hear the author reading an excerpt:

From the author’s website:

An American masterpiece from internationally bestselling novelist Colum McCann—a dazzling and hauntingly rich vision of the loveliness, pain, and mystery of New York City in the 1970s In the dawning light of the late summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. . . .

It is August, 1974, and a tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter-mile in the sky. In the streets below, ordinary lives become extraordinary as award-winning novelist Colum McCann crafts this stunningly realized portrait of a city and its people.


Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. Published in thirty languages, McCann’s work has been a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Other awards and honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Hennessy Award for Irish Literature, the Irish Independent Hughes and Hughes/Sunday Independent Novel of the Year 2003, and the 2002 Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. Let the Great World Spin won the 2009 National Book Award.

McCann’s short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005.

Born in Dublin in 1965, McCann began his career as a journalist in The Irish Press. He currently teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program and lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

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Listen to the author speak about his novel Let the Great World Spin:

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Random House for the opportunity to tour this wonderful book.

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  1. I love this man.

  2. I just bought this book, and am so excited for the chance to read it. I have been hearing such good things about it, and am really looking forward to it! I am glad you liked it so much, and I thought this post was wonderful. Loved the pictures!

    • Wendy on May 31, 2010 at 08:23

    Beth: *laughing* I do too!

    Zibilee: I hope you love the book – it is one of those books that gets better the further you get into it.

    • Serena on June 8, 2010 at 07:04

    It was very inspiring to see the new construction at Ground Zero

    • Wendy on June 10, 2010 at 06:42

    Serena: I was very moved by Ground Zero – the scope of the site made me get a sense of what it must have been like on that day.

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