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Borrow the Costa Book Award 2017 winners

Reservoir 13Jon McGregor, who won the International Dublin Literary Award in 2012 for Even the Dogs, has won the Costa (fiction) Award for his fourth novel, 'Reservoir 13'. Also among the winners is a book that needs no introduction as everyone is either talking about, reading or trying to get their hands on it - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This book is proving immensely popular with readers in our libraries.  Rebecca Stott’s rivetting father daughter book about growing up in a fundamental Christian cult, the Exclusive Brethren won in the Biography section, while Helen Dunmore, who sadly passed away last June, is the posthumous winner of the Poetry award.  The children's book award went to The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, the story of four children's struggle to survive in the Amazon following a plane crash.  Katherine previously won acclaim (and awards) with her novel Rooftoppers (2013).

The Costa Award category winners with links to the library catalogue:

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 Winners

Eavan BolandCongratulations to the winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards! The winners were announced last night, 28 November at a ceremony at the Dublin's Clayton Hotel. Irish poet Eavan Boland was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, "for her art, for her eloquence and for her stalwart advocacy for poetry". Browse Eavan Boland's poetry collections in our catalogue.  Bestselling author David Walliams was presented with the International Recognition Award for "his significant contribution to children’s literature in the past decade".

All Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards winning books are available to borrow in our libraries now!

Costa Book Award 2017 Shortlist announced!

Costa Book AwardsCongratulations to the three Irish authors shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards! Dublin born Karl Geary's moving debut Montpelier Parade is proving very popular with reviewers and readers. This beautifully written book set in 1980s Dublin, tells the love story of sixteen year old Sonny and a beautiful older woman.  Sarah Crossan's seventh book, Moonrise has been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Awards. It's another fantastic read from this innovative author, of whom we are big fans! Northern Irish poet, and Trinity alumni Sinéad Morrissey is no stranger to awards, having won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2014 for Parallax. Her latest collection On Balance, shortlisted for the Costa Poety Award, has already won the Forward Prize for Poetry. Best of luck to all three!

The category winners will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 and the Costa Book of the Year on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Borrow the Irish Book Awards 2017 shortlists

Irish Book awardsThe Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 shortlists were announced on 2 November and they are packed full of fantastic reads! There's something for everyone whether you're into crime fiction, non-fiction, cooking, sports, history,  or are looking for something to tempt the younger readers in your family. They are all ready to borrow from our libraries now! Don't forget to vote for your favourites and you'll be in with a chance of winning National Book Tokens.  Visit the Award website to register your vote before closing date midday 23 November!

The winners will be announced on 28 November.

The Irish Book Award categories and shortlisted titles are as follows (with links to our catalogue):-

2018 International Dublin Literary Award longlist announced

Literary Award logo7 Irish novels are among 150 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.  Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.

Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2018 Award was launched today, 6 November by Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha, Patron of the Award, who commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally.  ‘Dublin – a UNESCO City of Literature - is renowned throughout the world as a city of writers. There’s no doubt that our rich literary and cultural life makes Dublin a great destination for tourists, for students, and for overseas businesses. It also makes for a better quality of life for all of us who live and work in our capital.  Is cathair litríochta í Baile Átha Cliath’ he said.

Irish author on Goldsmiths Prize 2017 shortlist

Sara BaumeCongratulations to Sara Baume whose second book 'a line made by walking' has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2017. 'A line made by walking' charts a young artist's search for meaning and healing in rural Ireland. Struggling to cope with urban life and life in general, Frankie retreats to her family's rural house on "turbine hill," vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier.

Listen back to Sara reading from and discussing 'a line made by walking' at our recent Contemporary Irish Authors series at the Central Library.

Two Irish Authors on 2017 Man Booker Longlist

Barry McCormackCongrats to Sebastian Barry and Mike McCormack, who both make the 2017 Man Booker longlist. Of the thirteen authors longlisted, probably the most notable inclusion is Indian author Arundhati Roy who won the prize 20 years ago for her debut novel 'The God of Small Things', and who is now longlisted for her second only novel, 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'.

Sebastian Barry's novel 'Days Without End' was announced the winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award back in January of this year. Mike McCormack's' Solar Bones' was awarded the Goldsmith Prize in November 2016; this award celebrates innovative fiction. 'Solar Bones' was also chosen as the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year in the same month. The last Irish winner was Anne Enright in 2007 for 'The Gathering'.

Dublin Literary Award 2017 Winners Reading and Q&A

Hahn & AgualusaOn the evening of Thursday, 22 June, literary award winners José Eduardo Agualusa and Daniel Hahn gave a reading, followed by a Q&A session, introduced and moderated by Sinéad Crowley, in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. Author José Eduardo Agualusa and translator Daniel Hahn were announced as winners of the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for Agualusa's novel A General Theory of Oblivion at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Wednesday, 21 June 2017.

Listen to the reading and interview [play time: 53:46 minutes]:

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa wins 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

José Eduardo AgualusaAngolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English.

Image: José Eduardo Agualusa. Credit: Rosa Cunha

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin's Mansion House today.

Check our catalogue for A General Theory of Oblivion

The Children's Book of 2017 is...Goodnight Everyone

Goodnight EveryoneGoodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton was announced as the winning title of the 27th Children's Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award on Tuesday (23 May) at a ceremony held in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Congratulations to Chris who also won the Honour Award for illustration for Goodnight Everyone. This is a fabulous bedtime read for little ones - just be careful if you are a tired parent reading it you may find yourself getting very sleepy too! zzzzzz

The award judges said ‘Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’

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