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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 »

A Scare at Halloween!

The BansheeToday is Hallowe'en, and for many that means a time to scare and be scared! So below we have some scary reads to suggest to you that hopefully will not mean sleepless nights!

Hallowe'en is sometimes thought of an American feast, with its trick-or-treating, pumpkins, fancy dress parties and scary movies, but long before this – indeed, as far back as Celtic times - our ancestors celebrated Samhain, the beginning of the dark time of the year. In that regard, our Ghost Town Image Gallery showcases the Irish, and specifically Dublin, traditions of past times, with more than a nod to the celebrated Gothic writers and the haunted places of the city. It introduces viewers to such supernatural characters as the evil Dolocher and the murderess Darkey Kelly and also to gentler spirits such as that of Archbishop Marsh. Read more »

Most Borrowed Authors and Titles in Public Libraries in 2012

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Diary of a Wimpy KidWhat was the most popular book in Irish libraries in 2012? Can you guess? Would 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' ring any bells? Well, whether it does or whether it doesn't, this children's book is the most borrowed title of 2012. In fact the various titles in the Wimpy Kid series dominate the list, largely helped no doubt by the fact that it was made into a film.  What's more, nine children’s authors make it into the top ten 'most-borrowed-from-the-library' list, which goes to prove that Irish children are great readers and very influential users of our public libraries.

In terms of books for adults, it is nice to see the influence the Dublin City Public Libraries' initiative, ‘Dublin: One City, One Book’ has on people's reading habits, with 'Dubliners' by James Joyce at number 7 on the 'Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Titles' list. Read more »

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