book awards

Three Irish Authors on 2018 Man Booker Longlist!

Man Booker logoThirteen may be considered unlucky for some, but not to the thirteen on the Man Booker Prize longlist which includes three Irish authors this year. Donal Ryan’s "From a Low and Quiet Sea" is his second nomination for the prize after "Spinning Heart" in 2013. Anna Burns and Sally Rooney both receive their first nominations for "Milkman" and "Normal People" respectively.

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack wins the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Literary Award logoIrish author Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Solar Bones. 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. Mike McCormack is the fourth Irish author to win the prize in its 23-year history.

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was nominated by Galway Libraries and by Nottingham Libraries

Two Irish Novelists Make the International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Literary Award 2018Two novels by Irish authors and six novels in translation are among the 10 shortlisted for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award.  The two novels by Irish authors are The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack; the six novels in translation hail from France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Mexico and South Korea, while the remaining two come  from South Africa and the USA.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator received €25,000. The award, sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by the City Library Service. was launched on 7th April 1995 and is now in its 23rd year.

CBI Book Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced!

CBI Book AwardsAs big fans of children's books we are always excited when the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards shortlist is announced. As usual they reflect the quality of Irish writing, illustration and publishing for children.  Many of these are already firm favourites with Dublin City Public Libraries readers - young and old.  Congratulations to the writers and illustrators whose ten books who will now compete for the prestigious awards. These awards include the Children's Choice Award, which is voted for by youth readers from all over the country.

The CBI Book of the Year Awards celebrate excellent literature and illustration for children, and were established in 1990. CBI, which administers the awards, will again be working closely with reading groups from schools, libraries and bookshops across the island of Ireland. These young readers will choose the winner of the Children’s Choice Award. Reading groups nationwide are invited to sign up for the shadowing scheme via www.childrensbooksireland.ie.

Irish author Kit de Waal on Women's Prize Longlist

The Trick to TimeThe 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was announced on International Women's Day, 8 March. We were delighted to see Kit de Waal's second novel The Trick to Time featured on the 16 strong longlist. Her debut novel, the excellent My Name is Leon proved popular amongst readers and The Trick to Time is definitely one on our must read shelf! Set in Birmingham in the 1970s, a young Irish couple, Mona and William meet, fall in love and marry but tragedy soon forces them apart. Years later Mona pieces together her memories of this time in an effort to come to terms with her grief.

The longlist also features one of last year's most talked about novels, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and the highly (and long) anticipated second novel from Arundhati Roy, author of much-loved God of Small Things.  Six debut novelists sit alongside established names such as Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennfier Egan, who won many fans for her 2010 novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. Nicola Barker's H(a)ppy has already been award the Goldsmith's Prize 2017 and will surely be in the running.

New Laureate for Irish Fiction - Sebastian Barry.

Sebastian BarryCongratulations to Sebastian Barry, son of Dublin and well regarded around here this long time as he embarks on his three year stint as Laureate for Irish Fiction.

As who for what?

The Laureateship is an initiative of the Arts Council which has the following aims:

  • honouring an established Irish writer of fiction;
  • encouraging a new generation of writers;
  • promoting Irish literature nationally and internationally;
  • encouraging the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction.

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):-

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