Swedish Crime is on the Climb! (Part One)

Map of SwedenSwedish crime writing has always had a good reputation, and its popularity is greater now than ever, largely because of the movie and TV spin-offs which have served to highlight two writers in particular, namely Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. There are several others, but I will write a second post soon where I will focus on those other fabulous writers. There is just too much material for one post! So in this post I am going to concentrate on the two biggies, introducing you (as if I need to) to the books that give us those now famous characters, Liz Salander and Kurt Wallander.

Books on the go!

portable mp3 playersToo busy to read?? Did you know that Dublin City Public Libraries now houses a large selection of books on mp3 players? These portable mp3 players come with the audio book already downloaded onto them. No need to download CD’s or cassettes…all you need to do is pop in your earphones and you’re ready to go.

These players are designed with the busy reader in mind, whether you’re sitting on the train, out running, or walking into work these portable players are perfect for readers on the go. It will even remember where you stopped. You can borrow them from any Dublin City Public Library and just like books; they can be borrowed for a period of three weeks.

Directories and Yearbooks

This is a representative sample of current Irish and International Directories, Guides and Yearbooks for reference in the Business Information Centre, with a brief description of what you can expect to find in them.

Are you a job seeker looking for work?

If so the Business Information Centre can help.  We are organising a workshop with career coach Jane Downes for the 9th June, 2011 at 6.30pm.  It promises to be a great workshop and is free of charge. It is an invaluable opportunity to assist you to find the ideal job.   Please contact me at (01) 8733996 if you wish to book a place.

'A Bit Lost' named Bisto Book of the Year 2011

A Bit Lost'A Bit Lost' by Chris Haughton was named Bisto Book of the Year 2011 yesterday (May 16th) at a ceremony in the National Library. I had tipped Kevin Waldron's 'Tiny Little Fly' as a winner - so just as well I didn't put money on the results! My tip lost out to a very worthy winner - first time picturebook author and illustrator Chris Haughton, who received his award from Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Chris, from Dublin, is flying high, having only last week heard that 'A Bit Lost' was named 'Dutch Picturebook of the Year', he was also named in March as one of the U.K.'s '10 Best New Illustrators' by Book Trust. 'A Bit Lost', was also awarded the Éilís Dillon Award for best debut book for children - apparently this is the first time in the twenty-one year history of the Bisto Awards that the same book has won both awards. Interestingly, 'A Bit Lost' was first published in Korea by Borim Press, where Chris was living at the time, and is now published in English by Walker Books.

Mr Dixon's Business Collection

G Mitchell Lower Sackville StView Mr Dixon's Business Collection Gallery.

Almost 2,000 pictures compose the collection known as the Dixon Slides. The varied contents include photographs taken by Frederick Dixon in the 1960s and 1970s, book illustrations, postcards, advertisements and older photos of events around Dublin. The main focuses of the collection are Dublin city and its buildings. An important aspect covered is Dublin’s commercial life. He looked at not just contemporary stores but also earlier developments, going back to the second half of the nineteenth century. His primary sources for business in the 1800s were Industries of Dublin, The Dublin Pictorial Guide and Directory, Strattens’ Dublin, Cork and South of Ireland and advertisements from magazines and newspapers.

David Oistrakh, Artist of the People?

David Oistrakh Artiste du PeubleDavid Oistrakh, Artiste du Peuple? is a film by Bruno Monsaingeon which traces the life of David Oistrakh,  who is recognised not only as a great violinist but also as one of music's most interesting personalities. Born in Odessa in 1908 into a Jewish family of merchants, David Oistrakh lived through the troubled years of the October Revolution. At the age of five he began studying the violin and viola and went on to perform at many concerts throughout the Soviet Union playing Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and others to packed audiences. He won several prizes along the way including the Stalin Prize in 1942.

nostalgia telly

Television in the 1970s didn’t just consist of Mart and Market, and Garda Patrol: there were some classic television series around at the time, which kept the nation entertained for months on end – this was possibly due to the lack of choice available, or maybe times were just simpler! These are all available on DVD from your local library, so hit the sofa with a tin of biccies and take a trip down memory lane....

I ClaudiusBased on the Robert Graves novels, I Claudius, was originally shown in 1976, with an all-star cast including Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, and Brian Blessed (without his beard – worth it to see that alone!). The story of the stammering Claudius, regarded as the family idiot, who eventually became emperor of Rome, is full of intrigue, plotting, counter-plotting, and some downright insanity, with Caligula and Nero being particularly memorable in the insanity stakes.

Michael Kirby became a writer at 78!

Skelligs SunsetDon’t miss an inspiring and enthralling talk about a Kerry gentleman who started writing books about his native Ballinskelligs, at the age of 78.

He wrote eight books in Irish and three in English until his death in 2005 at the age of ninety-nine.

As well as being a writer, he was a fisherman, farmer, poet, and painter.

His books are philosophical observations of life around him, of wildlife and human life. He tells of fish and birds as well as stories of local characters. He records place names and local birds names in Irish, his first language.

He reminisces about his youth in Kerry as well as his seven-day voyage across the Atlantic to the US, his work on the railroad, at the time of the Wall Street Crash.

The Boys of Summer

For many Irish men and women, the sound of summer means the stamp of studs on dry ground and the slap of leather on ash. For some counties there is always the sense that the expectation of May will lead to celebrations in September. For others a victory over nearest rivals will suffice. The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of books published on Gaelic Games. Here are a few worth packing with the sandwiches and flasks of tea. Up da Dubs!

The ClubThe Club, Christy O’Connor (2010)

Christy O’Connor is that rarest of things – a sports writer who has played at the highest level. The Club is his account of his club – St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield - during the 2009 season. It was a year of tragedy. O’Connor lost his new-born daughter and his comrade and friend Ger Hoey. Doora-Barefield raged against the dying of the light in the Clare League and Championship but there was no glory. Very few books on sport escape the narrow confines of their genre. The Club is one of those. It is no exaggeration to state that this is one of the best works of social commentary published in Ireland in the past decade. Time will only confirm its greatness.