Novelist Colm Tóibín is the new laureate for Irish fiction, the Irish post reports

The Arts Council of Ireland announced that Tóibín will serve as the new laureate for a period of three years. The position was previously held by novelist Sebastian Barry (Days Without End

Tóibín made his literary debut in 1990 with the novel Southand has since published several novels, including: The story of the nightNora Websterand, most recently, The magician

He has been nominated three times for the Booker Prize, for: The Blackwater LightshipThe teacherand Mary’s willand won the Costa Novel Prize for Brooklynthe book that was adapted into a 2015 Oscar-nominated film directed by John Crowley.

“I am honored to be named a laureate,” Tóibín said in a statement. “I am proud to follow Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry in establishing a public role for a fiction writer in Ireland. I will do what I can to work with a community of readers so that fiction continues to enrich our lives, enable us to see the world more clearly, or with a deeper sense of mystery. I will also work with fellow writers and aspiring writers to amplify the role novels and stories play in Irish life.”

Tóibín will host a reading series this year highlighting Irish authors, kicking off next month with novelist Claire Keegan (Little things like this

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