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Crime and the City: Crime and History

Crime nad the City logoCrime is serious business in Dublin and we love to read about it. From novels about detectives to accounts of serial killers, from gangster biographies to analysis of social issues, we have an appetite for all of it. During October the Central Library hosted 'Crime in the City: Crime and History', a series of talks and readings looking at the broad issue of crime in Dublin through the ages. This series of events brought together writers of fiction, historians, researchers and bloggers to inform, entertain and promote discussion. 

So if you are a lover of crime fiction, historical fiction or just interested in the history of Dublin, you are sure to enjoy listening back to these fascinating talks and readings. 

If you can't get enough crime don't forget the Irish Crime Fiction Festival is on soon! Michael Russell and Kevin McCarthy will join Conor Brady, Stuart Neville and Eoin MacNamee to discuss historical crime fiction on Saturday 23rd November 10-11.15am.  Read more »

The Irish Crime Fiction Festival: A Virtual Who's Who of Irish Crime Authors

//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TrinityHof.JPGA festival devoted to Irish crime fiction, featuring some seventeen or so of the most exciting Irish and Irish-American crime novelists, takes place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November in Trinity College, Dublin. The festival concludes with the highlight event, best-selling American author Michael Connelly being interviewd by Irish crime writer John Connolly. The event marks the occasion of the Irish launch of his newest novel, 'The Gods of Guilt'. I for one have my ticket booked and I hope to get to attend most of the sessions during the festival.

Irish crime authors appearing are (with links to library catalogue entries):

Conor Brady. Probably best known as the former editor of The Irish Times and also a former member of the Garda Síochána (Police) Ombudsman Commission. Author of, amongst other works, two crime novels - 'A June of Ordinary Murders' and the just released 'The Eloquence of the Dead' (October 2013, not yet in stock). Read more »

2014 Dublin Literary Award Longlist Anouncement

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2014 Dublin Literary Award logoThe 2014 International Impac Dublin Literary Award was launched today, 11th November, by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, Patron of the Award. (see video below)

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 152 books eligible for the 2014 Award were nominated by libraries in 110 cities and 39 countries worldwide, noting that ‘41 are titles in translation, spanning 17 languages, and 47 are first novels’. The Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Read more »

Forfás Collection

Forfás Collection? What is it? Where is it?

The Business Information Centre has a large collection of Forfás Reports to hand covering many aspects of the economy, employment and unemployment profiles, management, information technology issues, wholesale and retail figures, innovation and energy industries. This collection might not catch your eye immediately if you visit the library regularly as they are not the brightest or glossiest of materials. Do not let this deceive you.  These cutting edge volumes are just what you need to get a clear perception of economic forecasts. Just ask at the desk for assistance.

Career & Development Workshops in the Central Library

Career Workshop3 exciting workshops planned for late November / December. Interested?  If so, contact the Business Information Centre ASAP.

The first talk will take place on Tuesday, 26th November at lunchtime (1.30pm – 2.30pm) and will cover the topic of “Looking for Winning Tips and Techniques to Improve Your Chances of Getting an Interview and or Job Offer?”  This free talk will be presented by HR Business Partner Trish Callanan and will take place on Tuesday, November 26th at lunchtime (1.30pm – 2.30pm). Read more »

The New and the Not So New: Yet More Crime Reads!

The new and not so new in the title refers to the fact that two of the four authors I include in this post are new to me, in fact first time authors, but not so the other two. The not so new are Denmark's Jussi Adler-Olsen and Norway's big gun, Jo Nesbo. To them in a moment. But first the debutants, France's Bernard Minier and Norway's Thomas Enger.

The Frozen Dead'The Frozen Dead' 3.5 stars, a first novel from French thriller writer Bernard Minier, is a tale of murder and revenge set amidst the harshness of a Pyrenees winter. The wilderness, the snow, the bleakness of the landscape, all in fact contribute as much to the book's atmosphere as the events taking place. The decapitated body of a horse found hanging from a frozen cliff triggers the involvement of Toulouse police Commandant Martin Servaz, but it isn't long before human bodies start turning up. The killings are taking place in close proximity to a secure institution for the criminally insane where a Swiss psychologist taking up her new post is immediately faced with suspicious happenings. A link between the killings and the asylum soon becomes apparent when one inmate’s DNA shows up at a crime scene. Throw in the involvement of one of France’s wealthiest men and the suicide of several teenagers some years before and you have here a nicely formed and intricate plotline, to which can be added some interesting and complex characters who I think will attract your interest every bit as much as the storyline. Read more »

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