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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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Union Station Metro is about 5 blocks away, and there seemed to be on-street parking.
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19 reviews
14 stars
attended Apr 03 2009

The Folger started late because of a scheduling conflict at the site. Colm Toibin was an interesting speaker & reader. I was delightfully surprised that there was a free reception afterwards. I got Colm to sign "The Blazing Heather" which is...continued

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3 stars
attended Apr 03 2009

Toibin was immensely charming and quite funny. He gave thoughtful answers to audience questions (I agree with the other poster that more q&a would have been welcome). My husband is in a wheelchair and I want to give thanks to the Folger folks...continued

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11 stars
attended Apr 03 2009

Toibin started out somewhat quiet and stumbling over his words, but soon found his way and was charming, and funny. Plenty of time was given to ask questions, but initially NO ONE raised their hands. Then slowly a few did - so I don't understand...continued

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Celebrated Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín joins PEN/Faulkner for an evening of prose and conversation. Tóibín is the author of five novels, including The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novel, The Master, a fictional interior portrait of Henry James, has been praised as a"an illumination of the very process of writing itself" and “an utterly original work of fiction” and was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A visiting writer at Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, he lives in Dublin.

About the Ticket Supplier: Folger Theatre

Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts.

The Folger’s Elizabethan Theatre, modeled after the innyard theatres popular in Shakespeare’s day, hosts more than 40,000 audience members each year. It presents a full calendar of performances and programs, from the Helen Hayes Award-winning Folger Theatre productions and Folger Poetry readings to early music concerts by the Folger Consort and family activitie.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.