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Three Irish Authors on Man Booker Prize Longlist!

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Man Booker logoBooks by three Irish authors are among the thirteen on the Man Booker Prize 2013 longlist just announced (Tuesday, 23 July). They are: 'Transatlantic' by Colum McCann, 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan and 'The Testament of Mary' by Colm Tóibín.

This year's longlist, which has a very international feel to it, is as follows: Read more »

What online resources are to hand in the Business & Reference Centre

Where to go on a Summer afternoon!

Stroll into town and head for the Ilac Shopping Centre. Located within and on the first floor is the Business and Reference Centre. This Centre specialises in company and market research information and has an up-to-the-minute selection of books, newspapers, City & County Development Plans, Maps and Atlases and company, business and personality files.  A comprehensive selection of online business resources ideal for business start-ups, doing research, job interviews, project work, statistical information, profiling, company information, financial information...are to hand here. 

Included here are: Read more »

CWA Award Winners Announced!

Alex and The Ghost Riders of OrdebecLast night saw the winners announced in a number of categories in the annual CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Dagger Awards, PLUS the longlists announced in the remaining categories. The announcement that excited me most was that of the International Dagger winner, or rather winners! Yes, in a rather unusual step, the judges saw fit to share the Award between two French writers, Pierre Lemaitre for Alex, and Fred Vargas for The Ghost Riders of Ordebec. Personally I couldn't be more pleased, I have long been a fan of Fred Vargas, loving this her latest as much as any of her previous, and being equally pleased having read the first book in translation by Pierre Lemaitre. Lemaitre is a real find and I can't wait for the next in the Verhoerven series to be tranlslated - or maybe it is just the incentive I need to brush up on my french? You can read what I had to say about both titles in a recent post of mine here on the blog. Read more »

1913 Dublin Lockout Publication - Presentation to the President

President Michael D. Higgins being presented with copy of book. On Wednesday, 10th July 2013, the President, Michael D. Higgins, was presented with a copy of the publication, A Capital in Conflict: Dublin City and the 1913 Lockout".

Right: President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins being presented with a copy of the book by Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian  (on left), together with Dr. Máire Kennedy, Divisional Librarian and series editor (2nd from right), and Jane Alger, Director Office of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature (far right). Click image to view larger version. Read more »

Films From Your Local Library!

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DVD selectionYou've read the book, now you want to see the film. What to do? Well why not check the library catalogue online, you may well come up trumps!

Dublin City Public Libraries has a huge range of films and television series on DVD for you to choose from, PLUS you can can borrow several at any one time if your appetite so allows.  The loan period for a DVD is one week. Further good news is that the loan period can be extended merely by renewing the item in person, by telephone, or online, providing it is not required by someone else.

Right: Just a random selection of DVDs. Click image to view larger version. Read more »

Interview with Paul Anthony Shortt

I have been meaning to do this more often but it's a busy time for many of my author friends (thankfully) so I haven't been doing these as often as I want to. If you know a genre writer who would like to answer my questions feel free to send their email to me and I'll approach them, particularly if we have any of their books in stock.

I met Paul at Octocon and enjoyed several of the panels he was on.Picture of Paul Anthony Shortt


A child at heart who turned to writing and roleplaying games when there simply weren’t enough action figures to play out the stories he wanted, Paul Anthony Shortt has been writing all his life. Read more »

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