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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. 

Road to the Rising Festival 2015

Learning Bus at Road to the Rising FestivalThe Road to the Rising Festival took place on Easter Monday, 6th of April 2015 as part of the Decade of Commemorations and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The Dublin City Council Libraries and Archive Learning Bus showcased their digital collection relating to the Decade of Commemorations at the festival. This Road to the Rising Festival recreated the atmosphere of Ireland before the Easter Rising with street theatre, music, and vintage attractions.

2015 Shortlist for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

2015 Baileys Women's Prize The shortlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 was announced yesterday, 13 April. The prize, which is open to any novel in English by a woman of any nationality, has selected the six finalists for this year's prize, which includes a cheque for £30,000 and a bronze statue called a "Bessie." 

County Development Plans - What are they?

map of IrelandWhat are Development Plans?  County Development Plans are written statements, including maps, that give a graphic representation of how that county will develop and improve in a sustainable way over the following 6 years.

As one Development Plan is produced the draft of the next is underway. These glossy and colourful reports contain social, economical, cultural guidelines for every county and are well worth looking at. They are pricey to purchase - up to €200 per plan but as the Business Information Centre has a full collection, 31 in total, just drop in and browse. Get on the inside track and be informed.

Libraries' Learning Bus on the Road to the Rising

Learning BusDublin City Public Libraries' Learning Bus will be showcasing the City Council digital collection relating to the Decade of Commemorations in the Road to the Rising Festival in O’Connell St on Easter Monday 6th April from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Right: Dublin Remembers! (click to view larger image)

We will be promoting Dublin City Council's plans for commemorative events in 2015 and 2016, including the 1916 community grants scheme.

Picture Book Wins 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Blown Away

Meet Penguin Blue! Meet 'Blown Away', the 11th winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the debut work of Rob Biddulph! 

It's a windy day, and Penguin Blue has a brand new kite - but where's he going on this maiden flight? In this fun and enjoyable picture book written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites. 

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize has three categories, from which the overall winner is selected. Biddulph's 'Blown Away' had won the Best Illustrated Book category; other category winners were: Sally Green, winner of the best book for teenagers with 'Half Bad', and Robin Stevens, winner of best young fiction with 'Murder Most Unladylike'.

New Adult Fiction Talking Books Recommended Reads

Born in IceThere's a great resource offered by libraries that often falls under the radar. Talking books, whether on cassette, CD, or audio book, aren't often used, but should be! They can supply hands-free entertainment in the car, on a run, or while making dinner. There are many great titles in every genre offered by the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive, and ready for use.

Below are a few titles just added to the library's collection. See if any spark your interest! 

Dublin: One City, One Book 2015 is Launched!

Roddy DoyleDublin will become Barrytown in April as the city celebrates Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy, this year’s Dublin: One City One Book choice.

Right: Author Roddy Doyle at the launch of Dublin: One City, One Book at Dublin City's Central Library this morning.

Dublin City Council’s Public Libraries have organised a packed programme featuring over 60 events which will animate the Barrytown Trilogy throughout April.

2015 Man Booker International Shortlist

The Man Booker International Prize 2015 LogoThe 2015 Man Booker International Prize Shortlist writers have just been announced today on 24 March, 2015. The ten finalists were revealed by Professor Marina Warner at a press conference hosted at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The prize recognizes a writer for his/her achievement in fiction, and bestows them with a £60,000 award. This year marks the sixth time of the Man Booker International Prize being awarded.

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