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Shortlist announced for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014

Novels by Irish author Donal Ryan and David Park from Northern Ireland have been shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, which was announced today, 9 April. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan has been described as the definitive novel of the downturn. Ryan perfectly inhabits each of a range of characters, capturing their voices and in doing so, expertly delineates life in small town rural Ireland.  In Light of Amsterdam David Park takes three pairs of characters to Amsterdam, where he gradually weaves their stories toward moments of epiphany. It is another great read from the author of The Truth Commissioner, which was longlisted for the award in 2010.

Also on the list is previous winner Gerbrand Bakker. Bakker won the award in 2010 for his beautifully understated yet moving novel, The Twin, which was also translated from Dutch by David Colmer.

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Start Off - Start Up - Start Now - Start Here

Go for it - start a businessAre you thinking of starting a business?

Once again this year, Dublin City Public Libraries in association with Dublin City Enterprise Board will run the Start Your Own Business Spring Programme 2014, from Thursday, 10 April – 15 May, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm with a different speaker delivering each workshop. This year the focus is on “Getting Started” and covers a diverse range of topics pertinent to starting a business – An Introduction to Self Employment , Ideas Generation and Market Research, Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing Strategy, Financing Your Business and Writing the winning Business Plan.

What is ideal about this programme is that each lecture is a unit within itself and covers a different aspect of starting a business - this is great as it allows you pick and chose which lectures interest you. Read more »

Two Irish Authors on Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist

Baileys Women's Prize for FictionTwo Irish authors, Eimear McBride and Audrey Magee have been shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for their debut novels, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and The Undertaking

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride is a highly original novel that navigates complicated family relationships and memories using stream of consciousness. It was recently shortlisted for the inaugural Folio Prize and won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize 2013, a literary award for fiction that "opens up new possibilities for the novel form". Audrey Magees's The Undertaking, a powerful first novel set in Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II, is an intense portrayal of ordinary people pushed to do extraordinary things, setting in motion events that will have horrific consequences.

Also on the shortlist is Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche who won the award in 2007 for Half of a Yellow Sun

Here's the full shortlist (with links to library catalogue): Read more »

Books Are Fun Junior Infants Books Project

Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin with St Louis Infant School Rathminesi studentsA rather large and cuddly dog who loves reading books visited Rathmines library today (Monday 7th April) with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, to launch the new Books Are Fun Junior Infants Books pilot project. The book dog is the mascot for the project and he enjoyed reading books with the children from St Louis Infant School in Rathmines.

The pilot Books Are Fun project will give two free picture books, a branded pencil and a library card to children in Junior Infants classes in ten primary schools in Dublin city. The project is an initiative of the Lord Mayor of Dublin and highlights the importance of books and reading for pleasure for children. This new scheme is funded and managed by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Right: Pictured at the launch: Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin with Junior Infants from St Louis Infant School, Rathmines and a book-loving dog! (see photos below) Read more »

Imagine Nations Through Stories: International Children's Book Day 2014

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International Children's Book Day posterInternational Children’s Book Day is observed annually on 2nd April, the anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen, and is celebrated all over the world. This year the International Board on Books for Young People (iBbY) Ireland is hosting this day of worldwide celebrations. The current Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey has designed a fabulous poster to commemorate the day, and award-winning author and former Laureate na nÓg Siobhan Parkinson has written a message to the children of the world.

The motto this year is Imagine Nations Through Stories and iBbY Ireland's new website imaginenations.ie is focused on bringing international books to an Irish audience through reviews of children’s books, features from academics, librarians and activists with a focus on international books for an Irish audience. Read more »

If Ever You Go This April!

Dublin: One City, One book logoIf Ever You GoToday, the 1st April, marks the start of this year's Dublin: One City, One Book. Right throughout the month of April we encourage everyone to read a book connected with the capital city. The Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2014 is 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song', and the choice for this year is something completely different yet very Dublin.

The book is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. It is arranged street by street so the reader is continually making new connections and discoveries on a virtual tour of the City of Words.

A full programme of associated events throughout the month of April will intrigue and engage and include poetry and music sessions, literary walks, poetry appreciation talks, bike tours and much more in locations all over the city and county. Several of the events are taking place in our branch libraries.  One of the highlights of the programme is a special tribute to Seamus Heaney.

Dublin: One City, One Book is an award-winning Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Be sure to visit the Dublin: One City, One Book website now and often this April!

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