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2015 UNESCO World Book Day

UNESCO LogoToday (23 April, 2015) is a very special day for libraries everywhere: UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. According to UNESCO's website, World Book and Copyright Day is "an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them. This is the 18th year of the celebration.

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Their mission "to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information." They aim to achieve this mission by promoting knowledge of science, fostering cultures of diversity and peace, and increasing the rates of literacy across the globe.

Remembering Gallipoli - Books and Exhibitions

Memorial Book CollectionTwo complementary exhibitions were launched yesterday in the Dublin City Library and Archive. These are the 'Çanakkale: Road to Peace out of War' and the 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915' displays which will appear in the Dublin City Public Library and Archive from Wednesday, 22 April, 2015 until Friday, 29 May, 2015.

The 'Fragments: Stories from Gallipoli 1915' exhibition, curated by Dublin City Archives, draws mainly on sources from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive which is held at Dublin City Library and Archive. It gives an overview of the failed 1915 Campaign by the Allies and highlights the personal experiences of a number of Irish-born World War I soldiers who fought in Gallipoli by utilising diaries, photographs and correspondences.

'All the Light We Cannot See' is the 2015 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See coverThe Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to an American author of distinguished fiction, preferably writing about American life. Each year the winner is bestowed $10,000 (£6,700) as part of the honour. This year's winner is Anthony Doerr, for his World War II novel titled All the Light We Cannot See.

Anthony Doerr tells the story of a girl and a boy that are living during World War II, and whose paths are destined to cross in beautiful and almost melodic prose in All the Light We Cannot See. The girl, Marie-Laure, goes blind at the age of six, and to help her learn her way around the city, her father builds her scaled and extremely intricate wooden models of her neighbourhood in Paris, so that using her sense of touch she can memorize landmarks and navigate her way around outside on her own. He works at the Museum of Natural History in Paris, as a lockmaster, and Marie-Laure often accompanies him to the museum.

New! Naxos Online Music Library

Naxos Music Library

What type of music do you like... classical, folk jazz, world? At the click of a mouse, you can now listen to your favourite pieces on demand or find out about your favourite composer. Naxos Online Music Library will allow you to do just that.

The Year of Design 2015

ID2015

2015 is a special year which celebrates all aspects of Design, Fashion, Architecture under the umbrella of the Year of ID2015 with conferences, exhibitions, lectures, tours and workshops taking place across the country.

To coincide with this, The Business Information Centre are delighted to host a free workshop on Monday, 27th April focusing directly on the practical business advice of Lye Ogunsanya, a Designer, Social Entrepreneur and founder & CEO of AKI-NA with a workshop entitled Think Ethics, Think Success. The centre also hopes to run a further 3 workshops throughout the year on the theme of creativity in planning and design.

Irish Writer Donal Ryan Awarded with EU Literary Prize

the spinning heartDonal Ryan, author of Spinning Heart, was one of the 12 recipients of the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature at the London Book Fair. The prize is intended to recognise up-and-coming talent in literature, and rewards each of the 12 winners with €5,000. It was established in 2009. The winners are also encouraged to apply for funding from the EU in order to have their books translated into other languages. 

The award receives funding from Creative Europe, an initiative that has the goal of adding fire to the competition and passion in the fields of creativity and culture in the European Union. 

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Titles Wander the World

IMPAC Award Book TitlesThe 20th Anniversary of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, managed by the Dublin City Public Libraries, does not bring a disappointing selection for the 2015 shortlist. Briefly browsing the selected titles, each one promises a unique world that the reader can disappear into. Timeless subjects such as love, loss of innocence and isolation make appearances. Each novel's prose will speak to the reader in an unforgettable and haunting voice.

Spring Awakening

Learning BusSpring Awakening on Thursday 16th April is the inaugural event for Culture Dublin 1 - an organisation dedicated to promoting awareness and engagement with cultural institutions in the Dublin 1 postcode.

Spring Awakening will be a day of open culture, where you can step inside some of Dublin's most venerated buildings or partake in a free walking tour to celebrate this area of the city centre. Take an Argentine tango lesson, learn about Georgian architecture, get re-acquainted with Joyce or learn how to write a novel.

Drop in to the Dublin City Public Libraries' Learning Bus, parked outside the Hugh Lane Gallery from 6pm - 8pm to talk about plans for the new City Library at Parnell Square North. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Shortlist Announced - 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

2015 ShortlistWednesday 15th April 2015: 10 novels have been shortlisted for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Public Libraries. The list includes TransAtlantic by Irish author and former winner, Colum McCann, three novels in translation from Brazil, France and Morocco and novels from Australia, Nigeria, the UK and the USA.

Right: The ten shortlisted titles (view photo slideshow below)

The IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched on 7th April 1995, making this year our 20th anniversary.

The shortlisted titles are:

The Loss of Novelist Günter Grass

The Tin Drum Book Cover

The world lost Günter Grass yesterday, 13 April, 2015, and so also lost a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was most well-known for his novels, especially The Tin Drum, and also for being a social critic who was adamant in his anti-war and anti-Nazi rhetoric. He passed away due to a lung infection in Luebeck, Germany according to a release by his publisher. 

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