Colum McCann was born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland on February 28, 1965. Colum McCann is an Irish writer best known for his works of fiction published as novels and short stories. His novels include This Side of Brightness, which he researched by living with the homeless in the subway tunnels of Manhattan, and Dancer, a fictional portrait of world-famous dancer Rudolf Nureyev, which received the Irish Novel of the Year Award in 2003. Colum McCann is an award-winning author of literary fiction. McCann has written many books including Zoli, Let the Great World Spin, TransAtlantic and This side of brightness. His work has been published in 35 language. Esquire Magazine’s named him “Best and Brightest” young novelist. A Pushcart Prize, Rooney Prize, Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award have also come his way.