books & reading

Rathmines Readers – looking back

Rathmines Library 1978Rathmines Library has been sent a poem by one of its users – it gives a real sense of the “old days” in the library, which has always had a particular ambience of its own. There will be many of us who remember the old newspaper room and the spiral staircase with great affection.  Here’s an extract from the poem, the work of the writer Berni Dwan, who has kindly given us permission to publish it:

My Saturday pilgrimage to the object of my love, to
the blushing sarcophagus of printed matter, starts early afternoon.
My destination – Rathmines Library, gifted to Dubliners by altruistic Carnegie;
opened in October 1913 in the maelstrom of the Lockout. Its classical
façade a perfect street companion for the Marrakech pink town hall across the road.

Love Leabhair Gaeilge do daoine fásta an Nollaig seo

Conaire MórTá leabhair Ghaeilge den scoth le fáil i leabharlanna áirithe Bhaile Átha Cliath an nollaig seo i gcomhar le Love Leabhair Gaeilge.

Seo rogha de leabhair Ghaeilge le daoine fásta a fháil ar iasacht (agus le daoine óga freisin!):

Conaire Mór le Diarmuid Johnson (Leabhar Breac)
Is athinsint bhríomhar bheoga atá in Conaire Mór ar an eipic Sean-Ghaeilge Togail Bruidne Da Derga — scéal a thosaíonn le rí á ghairmeadh de Chonaire agus a chríochnaíonn lena mharú brúidiúil ar bhruach na Dothra. Na hiontaisí ar fad atá i dtraidisiún na seanscéalta, tá siad ar fáil go flúirseach in imeachtaí an scéil, idir mhacghníomhartha Chonaire agus a theacht i réim, na blianta a raibh Éirinn faoi bhláth lena linn, agus an tuar báis nárbh fhéidir a shéanadh. Seo scéal nár insíodh i nGaeilge le beagnach míle bliain, ach tá Conaire Mór i réim anois arís ar deireadh. Is é an file Diarmuid Johnson a rinne an t-athscríobh ar an mbuntéacs.

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):-

10×10 Stories from Finland

Finnish BooksThe Central Library was delighted to receive a donation of Finnish books recently.  The Finnish Institute in London is celebrating the centenary of Finland's independence by highlighting the importance of literacy, literature and libraries. '10x10 Stories from Finland' campaign has collected 100 books written by Finnish authors, translated into English, in cooperation with British publishing houses. The books are being donated to 10 different libraries around the UK and Ireland during 2017.
 
The selection of the books include a wide range of literature including both modern masterpieces and beloved classics, including the Finnish national epic Kalevala. There are books by some of Finland's most celebrated contemporary authors Rosa Liksom, Ulla-Lena Lundberg, Timo Parvela, Lars Sund and Antti Tuomainen.

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.

Notes from Underground

Rathmines basement booksRathmines Library staff are digging deep to let their readers know about some of the great books hidden in the library basement! Readers may not be aware that there is a whole floor of books stored below the library – though they may have seen “Basement” marked in bright yellow letters on some of the books they have requested.

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

World Refugee Day 2017

UNHCRTuesday 20 June marks World Refugee Day and the UNHCR are asking us to read a book about refugees. Reading fiction and autobiography is an excellent way to explore human experiences and foster empathy and understanding in both children and adults.

There is a great variety of books written about refugees - including award-winning fiction – and books by refugees themselves. Why not borrow one of these for you your local library? Do you have a book club? Maybe you would consider adding one of these titles to the reading list.

Short Stories with Danielle McLaughlin and Roisín O'Donnell

Danielle McLaughlinListen back to authors Danielle McLaughlin and Roisín O'Donnell reading from their collections and discussing their creative writing process. Recorded in the Central Library on 7 April 2017 as part of their Contemporary Irish Literature Series which took place during March and April 2017.

Danielle’s debut collection of short stories Dinosaurs On Other Planets, was published in Ireland in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press and in the UK, US & Canada by John Murray and Random House in 2016. She has won various awards for her short fiction, including the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition, The Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy, and the Dromineer Literary Festival Short Story Competition.

Sara Baume reads from 'a line made by walking'

Sara BaumeListen to award-winning Irish author Sara Baume as she reads from her second novel a line made by walking, and discusses how she came to write this, and her debut novel, spill, simmer, falter, wither. Recorded at the Central Library on 9 March 2017, as part of the Contemporary Irish Literature Series.

'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.

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