We are grateful to Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Productions and American Public Media for a most appropriate quotation. It is from Dublin-born writer Colum McCann, whose "Let the Great World Spin" won the National Book Award for fiction in 2009. McCann said:
"I believe in the democracy of storytelling. I love the fact that our stories can cross all sorts of borders and boundaries. I grew up in a house, in a city, in a country shaped by books. I don't know of a greater privilege than being allowed to tell a story or to listen to a story."