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The Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year is... The Doll's House!

The Doll's HouseThe Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year is... 'The Doll's House' by Louise Phillips!

The winning books in each category of the Irish Book Awards were announced tonight.

This Dublin-based psychological thriller, published in August 2013, is the second novel from Phillips. It features criminal psychologist Kate Pearson and DI O’Connor.

Louise Phillips' debut novel, 'Red Ribbons', was shortlisted for the 2012 Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award. Read more »

Summer Buzz Survey

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Summer Reading Buzz posterDid your child take part in the summer reading programme in Dublin City Public Libraries this year? If so, please give us some feedback on the programme by completing this survey before the 10th January 2014. And there are only seven questions so it won't take long!

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The Summer Reading Challenge (@SummerBuzz) for children was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald in Tallaght Library on Monday, 17th June, in the presence of some 60 excited children and two bees! Read more »

3D Christmas Papercrafts in the Central Library

 3D Christmas Papercrafts at the Central Library

Come enjoy some fun festive paper crafts in the Central Library - construct cut-out paper sculpture, fold origami decorations and more! This is a free event, for children aged 7 to 10 years.

We will also have a selection of origami and papercrafts books to borrow on the day. Read more »

Lou Reed

Lou Reed passed away on the 27th of October 2013.

He was one of the most influential figures in rock music. His first band The Velvet Underground is probably solely responsible for any "Indie Music" we hear today. However he is most famous for two songs, "Walk on the Wild Side" and Perfect Day". The former was a hit in 1972. A most unusual chart song with sparse arrangment of an infectious backing vocal, two note bass line and spoken styled melody of  lyrics about transsexuals and prostitution inspired by characters of the pop artist Andy Warhol's hangout, The Factory. The song surfaced again in 1990 as it's memorable bass line was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest as the backbone of their song "Can I kick it?". The latter was "Perfect Day" (the b side to Walk on the Wild side) which had a resurgence in the film Trainspotting and was released by an all star cast as a charity single in 1997. Both songs were featured on the album Transformer. Read more »

Assassination: read all about it!

On Friday 22 November 1963 at 12.30 pm local time John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America, was shot in the streets of Dallas, Texas. Three shots rang out as he rode, with his wife Jacqueline, in an open-topped limousine. He was rushed to Parkland Hospital where he died of his wounds. The news of the assassination reverberated around the world. In Ireland the shock was numbing as only five months had passed since his official visit to Ireland, where people had given him a rapturous welcome. Read more »

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 »

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