Book Clubs

BooksBook clubs are a popular way for book lovers to discuss books, both fiction and non-fiction, in an informal friendly setting. Some book clubs meet in libraries or each other's homes, some in pubs or restaurants. While there are book clubs active in most of our branch libraries, dates and times can vary, so check with the library in advance if interested in participating in one of the book clubs. Due to the popularity of some book clubs, there may unfortunately be restrictions regarding the intake of new members from time to time, so it is advisable to check on that also.

The following is a list of libraries that host book clubs:-

Contemporary Irish Literature Series at the Central Library

Contemporary literature series18 April at 1pm in the Central Library

Alan McMonagle in conversation with Elizabeth Reapy (Dublin City Writer in Residence). Alan’s debut novel Ithaca was published in 2017 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Award for first novels and shortlisted for a Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award. Alan has also written for radio and published  two collections of  short stories: Liar, Liar and Psychotic Episodes, both of which were nominated for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

The event is free. Booking is recommended. Email or phone (01) 873 4333 to reserve a place.

A Feast of Female Voices

1 city 1 book: Long Gaze BackTuesday 10 April at 6:30 pm at Pembroke Library

Authors June Caldwell, Mary Costello and Siobhán Mannion discuss their short stories in The Long Gaze Back. Chaired by Sinéad Gleeson.

June Caldwell worked for many years as a freelance journalist and now writes fiction. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. Room Little Darker, her acclaimed collection of short stories was published in 2017. Her fiction has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Moth, Winter Papers, and The Lonely Crowd. She is a prizewinner of the Moth International Short Story Prize. Her first novel, Little Town Moone, is forthcoming from John Murray.

A Feast of Female Voices

1 City 1 Book: Long Gaze BackMonday April 23 at 6:30pm in Cabra Library

Authors Susan Stairs, Nuala O’Connor and Eimear Ryan discuss their short stories in The Long Gaze Back. Chaired by Sinéad Gleeson

Nuala O’Connor's fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter was published by New Island in June 2017. Her third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015 and longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. Nuala’s fourth novel, Becoming Belle, will be published in 2018.

Recovered Voices

1 City 1 Book: Long Gaze BackThursday 19 April at 6:30 pm at Dublin City Library & Archive

Lisa Coen, Louise Kennedy and Diarmuid Peavoy discuss the forgotten writings of Charlotte Riddell, Norah Hoult and Mary Lavin, chaired by Sinéad Gleeson. With dramatised readings by actor Ger Ryan. Followed by tea/coffee and cake.

Notes of Change

1 City 1 Book: Long Gaze BackMonday 9 April at 6.30pm in Walkinstown Library

Musician Eileen Gogan responds to stories from The Long Gaze Back with readings and discussion by the book’s editor Sinéad Gleeson.

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