Colum McCann (Photo Credit: Brendan Bourke)
Colum McCann is an Irish-American author of literary fiction. After studying journalism at College of Commerce, Rathmines, Colum began writing for various newspapers in Ireland; this gave him an excellent platform to start his fiction-writing career. Since then, he has been a recipient of such honours as the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. Colum lives in New York with his wife, Alison, and their three children.

Colum McCann made his debut as a published author in 1994 with the short story collection Fishing the Sloe-Black River. His first novel, entitled Songdogs, was published in 1995. Below is a list of Colum McCann’s books in order of when they were originally released:

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Fishing the Sloe-Black River (1984)Description / Buy at
Everything in This Country Must (2000)Description / Buy at
Thirteen Ways of Looking (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

365 Days in Ireland Calendar 2010 (2009)Description / Buy at
Letters to a Young Writer (2017)Description / Buy at
American Mother (With: Diane Foley) (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

From the Republic of Conscience(2010)Description / Buy at
Best European Fiction 2011(2010)Description / Buy at
Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times In Today's New York(2014)Description / Buy at
The Best American Short Stories 2015(2015)Description / Buy at
Freeman's: Arrival(2015)Description / Buy at
Eat Joy(2019)Description / Buy at

Note: From the Republic of Conscience also has contributions by Maeve Binchy, John Boyne, John Connolly, Roddy Doyle, Seamus Heaney, Jennifer Johnston, Neil Jordan, Frank McCourt and Colm Toibin.

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Colum McCann Synopsis: Songdogs is a standalone title by Colum McCann. With his only clues being unreliable memories and scraps of photographs, Conor Lyons follows in the tracks of his father, a rootless photographer, as he moved from war-torn Spain, to the barren plains of Mexico, where he met and married Conor’s mother, to the American West, and finally back to Ireland.

The non-fiction book Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice by Colum McCann is a call to look outward rather than inward. McCann asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear. A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. It charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them. These fifty-two essays are ultimately a profound challenge to a new generation to bring truth and light to a dark world through their art.

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