If there's a better way to spend Saint Patrick's Day than listening to the wonderful Irish writer Colm Tóibín, I don't know what it is. The generous and entertaining author of Brooklyn and many other books was the guest of honor at the New Repertory Theater's "An Evening with Colm Tóibín" fundraiser last night, and, knowing that Tóibín is one of my very favorite writers, New Rep artistic director (and former high school student of mine) Jim Petosa was kind and thoughtful to invite me. It was the first time I had been in the Commander's Mansion not far from my home. The buffet included corned beef and cabbage spring rolls. I'm not kidding. They were good.