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The Luminaries wins the Man Booker Prize

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The LuminariesEleanor Catton, a 28-year old New Zealander born in Canada, has become the youngest ever winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize with her novel 'The Luminaries'. And The Luminaries, at some 832 pages, has become the longest ever novel to win the Award. Catton becomes only the second ever New Zealander to win the prize (following Keri Hulme with 'The Bone People' in 1985).

The Luminaries is a murder mystery set in a New Zealand gold mining town in 1866. Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.  Read more »

Cult Movies on DVD - New Arrivals

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DVD logoThe film buff has been doing well of late with the range of new DVDs that have been added to our existing extensive collection. Most recently we highlighted movie DVDs with an Irish connection and films based on books for our younger visitors. Now too the cult movie fan is being catered for with a range of titles either already added or on their way to our various branches. So be sure to visit your local Dublin City branch library and browse through our extensive collection of DVDs. You can also check the online catalogue (enter title and select DVD in the 'Media' field) before you visit to check availability of individual titles. Here is our most recent list of added titles for you to check out:- Read more »

Living History: politics of the USA from the 1950s to the 1970s

VincentVincent Lavery is a retired secondary school teacher who taught U.S. Government and Economics in the States. He is an active member of the United States of America Democratic Party. He worked with Senator Robert F Kennedy's campaign for president in 1968.  He was a County Chairman in Central Calafornia and a delegate to the 1968 Convention in Chicago. He worked for Senator Kennedy for sixteen months. He promoted concerts in Calafornia during the 1960s and he turned down the opportunity to manage The Doors and Jim Morrison. He has coedited four books on soccer and football and coached soccer at several levels ranging from under 16 to adult. 

Vincent Lavery

Vincent Lavery emigrated from Ireland to America as a young man. His experiences of racial segregation and a strong hope for change compelled him towards politics. Here he remembers a turbulent era in American history in which the various strands of the Left and the conservative Right often clashed. He talks about marching to protest the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King and the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike (1968), Robert F Kennedy's campaign for president and assassination in 1968, the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and how the music of the sixties reflected the politics of the time and gave voice to the fight for change.

The lecture "Living History: politics of the USA from the 1950s to the 1970s" was given by Vincent Lavery in the Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin, Ireland, on Wednesday, 2nd October, at 1.00pm. The lecture formed part of the Dublin Festival of History programme, Autumn 2013.

Listen to Vincent Lavery talking about the politics and society of the USA from the 1950s to the 1970s.

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Anne Frank [+ You} - An Exhibition

Anne Frank + You ExhibitionThe Anne Frank Trust UK and the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, in association with Dublin City Public Libraries, proudly present the touring exhibition "Anne Frank [+ You}".

The exhibition, based on the ‘The Diary of a Young Girl' tells the story of a young Jewish girl and her family hiding in occupied Amsterdam during World War II. It will be on display in the Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, from 23rd October until 11th December 2013.

This exhibition is free and is suitable for adults and children from 6th class and up.

Public Viewing Times (no booking required):

Monday – Thursday: 2.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday: 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Closed Bank Holiday 26 – 28 October

Note re. Class and Group Bookings:

Due to demand, we have made available a limited number of late afternoon time slots (16:00hrs) for class and group tours. Visit the class and group booking page on Eventbrite. Morning and early afternoon slots have all been booked out. Read more »

What is Read in Germany?

Post by Fabienne Sauberlich.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryYes, of course there are some German authors whose works only appear in German, so unfortunately most of you won't be able to read them. But there are too a lot of international authors we Germans also like to read. And sometimes looking at what is read in other countries can give you ideas as to what books you shouldn’t miss out on.

If you want to know what books are read most in Germany you should have a look at the so called "Spiegel Bestsellerliste".  This list comes out weekly so you may also want to look at earlier ones. Below is the list for this week, and if you find something interesting watch out for it, you might even get it in your local Library. Read more »

Bridges of Dublin - New Website!

Today sees the launch of a wonderful new website on the bridges spanning the River Liffey from Lucan to the sea. Bridges of Dublin is a Dublin City Council project and was developed as a comprehensive digital archive of information about the bridges which span the Liffey in Dublin county. The project was led by the specialist web unit within Culture, Recreation and Amenity assisted by the Roads and Traffic Department.

Mellows Bridge, Dublin Read more »

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