Colum McCann came to the United States from Ireland in the early 1980s, and he's spent his years since then telling stories in his unique "poetic realist" style. He's the author of two collections of short stories and five novels, including "Let the Great World Spin," about Philippe Petit's famous 1974 Twin Towers tightrope walk. McCann's fiction has been published in over 30 languages and won him the 2009 National Book Award. Colum McCann was a guest this June at the National Writers Series in downtown Traverse City. He sat down with guest host Leigh Haber to talk about his latest novel, "Transatlantic," which Goodreads.com calls a "profound meditation on identity and history in a wide world that grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year."