Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and poet. He is currently the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Tóibín’s novels include The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, and The Blackwater Lightship (1999). His fifth novel, The Master, is a fictional account of author Henry James. Tóibín is also the author of two non-fiction books and two short story collections, one of which was shortlisted for the 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.