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Colum McCann – (Advisory Board Member) Novelist, Short Story Writer, Screenwriter. Colum McCann’s latest novel, LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2009. He is also the author of two collections of short stories and the novels ZOLI, THIS SIDE OF BRIGHTNESS, and DANCER. His fiction has appeared in THE NEW YORKER, THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, GQ and other publications. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize and other awards, McCann was also inducted into the Hennessy Hall of Fame. And his short film, EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY MUST, directed by Gary McKendry, was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. He currently teaches at Hunter College in New York.