Art + Culture

powerHouse Arena Brings Colum McCann to Pier 1

The third installment of this summer’s Books Beneath the Bridge brings us author Colum McCann in conversation with Bill Cheng. McCann will read from his latest offering, Transatlantic, an incomparable and sophisticated novel where fact meets fiction over the course of two centuries and two continents. McCann weaves together seemingly unrelated events through a series of women’s personal stories.

Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War.

Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.

New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion.


The reading and conversation, presented by powerHouse Arena, will take place at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, July 22 at 7pm. The event is free, but an RSVP is appreciated.

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