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We are delighted to announce a special event with Colm Tóibín to read from and discuss his forthcoming novel, Long Island, the sequel to Brooklyn

The event will take place in Pálás cinema at 4pm on the 25th May 2024. Books will be available on the day from Kennys Bookshop, or you can order your exclusive Kennys Limited Edition of Long Island here!

Long Island is Colm Tóibín’s masterpiece: an exquisite, exhilarating novel that asks whether it is possible to truly return to the past and renew the great love that seemed gone forever.

A man with an Irish accent knocks on Eilis Fiorello’s door on Long Island and in that moment everything changes. Eilis and Tony have built a secure, happy life here since leaving Brooklyn – perhaps a little stifled by the in-laws so close, but twenty years married and with two children looking towards a good future. 

And yet this stranger will reveal something that will make Eilis question the life she has created. For the first time in years she suddenly feels very far from home and the revelation will see her turn towards Ireland once again. Back to her mother. Back to the town and the people she had chosen to leave behind. 

Did she make the wrong choice marrying Tony all those years ago? Is it too late now to take a different path? 


Praise for Long Island

‘His best yet . . . It reads like the tensest of stage plays, but with all the pleasures of interiority that the novel form allows. I haven’t wanted to hug this many characters in a while’ – Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting Times and The Happy Couple 

Praise for Brooklyn

‘With this elating and humane novel, Colm Tóibín has produced a masterwork’ – The Sunday Times

‘A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life’ – Ali Smith, TLS, Books of the Year

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of 11 novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary, Nora Webster, House of Names and The Magician. His work has been shortlisted for The Booker Prize three times, has won the Costa Novel Award and the IMPAC Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. Long Island will be published on 23rd May 2024 by Picador.

Event Location

Pálás Cinema

15 Merchants Rd Lower, Galway, H91 F6DF

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Step free venue with accessible toilet facilities located at -2 level. Each screen has wheelchair accessible seats, at the back room of each screen. A complimentary carer seat is provided
with these seats. Three accessible parking spots on Saint Augustine Street opposite Galway City Library, four minutes from the venue. There is a Loop system in every screen.