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Conversation: Novelist Colum McCann, Author of ‘TransAtlantic’

Frederick Douglass traveling through Ireland in 1845 to stir up support for his abolitionist cause. The first non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1919. Sen. George Mitchell in 1998 trying to forge a peace treaty in Northern Ireland.

Those actual people and events are at the heart of a fictional story in the new novel “TransAtlantic.” Author Colum McCann has himself crossed that ocean: born in Ireland, living in New York. His previous novel, “Let the Great World Spin,” won the National Book Award.

Watch an excerpt of “TransAtlantic” read by Colum McCann.

A transcript will be added soon.