Book Clubs

BooksBook clubs are a popular way for book lovers to discuss books, both fiction and non-fiction, in an informal friendly setting. Some book clubs meet in libraries or each other's homes, some in pubs or restaurants. While there are book clubs active in most of our branch libraries, dates and times can vary, so check with the library in advance if interested in participating in one of the book clubs. Due to the popularity of some book clubs, there may unfortunately be restrictions regarding the intake of new members from time to time, so it is advisable to check on that also.

The following is a list of libraries that host book clubs:-

Joanna Trollope in Conversation

Pearse Street Library, Thursday 27 February at 6pm ***Apologies, this event is now fully booked***

Dublin City Libraries, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Mantle Books present Joanna Trollope in conversation with Madeleine Keane, Sunday Independent Literary Editor. They will discuss Joanna's writing career and in particular her new book Mum and Dad.  In her new novel, Sunday Times number one bestseller Joanna Trollope explores the issues at the heart of a modern family with her trademark wit and warmth. Followed by book signing.

Karl MacDermott Author Visit

Terenure Library, Wednesday 13 November at 6.30pm  

Karl MacDermott, author and comedian will read from his short stories collection Juggling with Turnips. He will bring to life some of the characters from selected stories. Karl will also read some poems from his book, including his meditation on how life in Ireland over the decades never seems to change.  

Dracula after Dark

Charleville Mall Library, Friday 25 October 7pm-9.30pm 

An evening of suitably spooky seasonal entertainment and wonder at Dublin'd oldest working public library. Dacre Stoker (great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker) launches Bram Stoker in the North Inner City  written by local historian Hugo McGuinness. Followed by a public interview with Dacre Stoker, hosted by Patrick Bergin.  This will be followed by three talks, starting with Dracula in the Movies by Joe Mooney. Historian in Residence Mary Muldowney  presents Vampires from the East!, lookinng at vampires, myths and ghoulish medical practices.  Hugo McGuinness will close the evening with a talk on Buckingham Street - Gateway to a Gothic Wonderland.  

Karl MacDermott author reading

Pearse Street Library, Thursday 4 July at 6.30pm 

Comedian and author Karl MacDermott will read selected stories from his humorous short story collection Juggling with Turnips. With Q & A from the audience.  

Michael Carroll Author Visit

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Join Michael as he talks about his career as a writer and where he finds the inspiration for the characters in his stories.

Central Library Thursday 18 April at 1.00pm

Admission Free. Booking Required.

T. 01 873 4333


Ian McDonald Author Visit

Luna: Moon Rising

Join Ian as he talks about his career as a writer and the story behind his latest novel.

Tuesday 9 April at 1pm

Admission Free. Booking Required.

Central Library

T. 01 873 4333


Ballyfermot and Ballymun Library Writers book launch

Mustang Bally 2019 book coverWednesday 22 May from 6pm to 7.50pm at Pearse Street Library

Coming to Pearse Street Library on 22 May, during the International Literary Festival, we are proud to announce the launch of “Mustang Bally”, a collaborative anthology between the writing groups of Ballyfermot and Ballymun Library. Featuring a mixture of short stories and poetry from 28 authors, there will be refreshments and readings from their work on the night.