We invite children to delve into the world of Ebony Smart, a 12-year old girl whose world has just changed forever - a new home in Dublin that is full of secrets, a magical book that unlocks the mystery to her past and a mysterious boy called Zach who befriends her – for the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016.The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Public Libraries, in partnership with Mercier Press, and runs from January to March 2016.The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray is a story of mystery and adventure, and will appeal to both girls and boys of 9 years and older. There will be author visits to branch libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign, which encourages children to read for pleasure. The book features many well known Dublin landmarks such as Glasnevin Cemetery, the Botanic Gardens, the Natural History Museum, the National Library and Saint Stephen's Green.An t-Ardmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said: "The Book of Learning is a book that will enchant and engage boys and girls from aged 9 upwards, and I encourage children and their parents all across the city to read it and to visit their local Dublin City library to find out more about the fun events taking place. Is scéal draíochtach é a bheadh taitneamhach do éinne thar 9 mbliana d’aois.""I'm delighted The Book of Learning has been chosen for this year's Citywide Reading campaign, especially since Dublin is so central to the story." says E.R. Murray. "I wanted to capture the city's essence in an adventure story that was both magical and mysterious – so get ready for wildcats, enchanted books, underground lairs, and shark submarines! I can't wait to meet lots of young readers at events in the New Year – after all, it's the readers that bring stories to life and make writing so worthwhile."Details of the campaign will be available in early January here and at www.dublincityofliterature.ie. The project is funded by Dublin City Council's Library Service and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
We are delighted to announce that Lia Mills’ novel Fallen, published by Penguin Ireland, is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2016.We are also delighted to announce that, for the first time, Dublin will team up with Belfast for a 'Two Cities One Book' Festival. 2016 will see a partnership with Libraries NI (the library authority for Northern Ireland) so that next April readers in Dublin and Belfast will engage with the same book at the same time. The initiative was launched at noon today (14th) by an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD.Fallen, which tells the story of Dubliners against the backdrop of the dramatic events of Easter Week 1916, is a literary contribution to Dublin City Council's 1916 centenary programme.An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said "I am delighted that as part of Dublin City Council’s 1916 commemorations, the Dublin: One City One Book Festival is joining with Belfast city through Libraries NI to celebrate the wonderful novel Fallen by Lia Mills. As a fellow Dubliner, I want to congratulate Lia on this, her third novel, and wish her every success with it. Tá mé cinnte go mbeidh an-éileamh ar an leabhar agus go mbainfidh léitheoirí Bhéal Feirste agus Bhaile Átha Cliath taitneamh as an úrscéal staire fíorthráthúil seo. I congratulate Dublin City Libraries for this first time collaboration with Libraries NI."Above: View photo slideshow above of the launch. (Some photos, credit: Jason Clarke Photography (see flickr photos))The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said "There are many ways to tell the stories of 1916. Historians will provide us with the factual accounts of the events of the Rising, but novelists like Lia Mills can add layers to that narrative. By focusing on personal stories, with which we can all identify, we can discover what daily life was like for the citizens who were caught up in a series of tumultuous events which changed this country forever. I am delighted that this book has been chosen for next year as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, the moment when we as a nation will commemorate the events of 1916."Commenting on the project, Irene Knox, Chief Executive of Libraries NI, said:"This is a great opportunity to encourage people in both cities to read and discuss the same book and the project supports one of Libraries NI's core aims of promoting reading and literature. The timeframe and the chosen book is particularly relevant considering next year's planned commemorative events for the Decade of Commemorations for World War One and for the Easter Rising, both significant historical events which form the backdrop of the novel."Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes says "Dublin: One City One Book 2016 will be the eleventh year of this annual programme . Fallen is a novel which through its characters, plot and narrative tells the story of ordinary Dubliners caught up in the historic events of Easter 1916 and is a perfect choice for Dublin: One City One Book 2016. I am especially pleased that readers in Dublin and Belfast will jointly explore this book and share their reading experiences in a first time collaboration of 'Two Cities, One Book'."Lia Mills said, "I’m delighted that Fallen has been chosen for the Dublin: One City One Book festival in 2016. The festival is such a positive boost – for books and for readers. I wanted this novel to explore a fresh perspective, starting with the question: what would it be like to find your city taken over by forces you don’t recognise? The participation of Libraries NI adds a new and exciting dimension to the festival. I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do."Fallen, published by Penguin Ireland, is the third novel from Dublin author Lia Mills. Through the experiences of its central character Katie Crilly, the novel explores the challenges of day to day living in a conflict situation alongside contextual subjects such as education and votes for women. It vividly depicts the various and conflicting allegiances faced by Irish soldiers in the First World War and those supporting the cause of the rebellion.A full programme of events in both cities, offering opportunities to engage with Fallen in a range of contexts, will be announced in March 2016.Since its inception in 2006, the Dublin: One City One Book Festival has encouraged everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of April. The initiative is led by Dublin City Council's Public Library Service as part of Dublin's UNESCO City of Literature designation and is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.Today's announcement follows a highly successful Dublin: One City One Book Festival in 2015. The book choice was 'The Barrytown Trilogy' by Roddy Doyle. Events booked out quickly and the books in the trilogy were among the most borrowed books from Dublin's public libraries this year.Previous books featured in are 'At Swim Two Birds' by Flann O’ Brien (2006), 'A Long Long Way' by Sebastian Barry (2007), 'Gulliver's Travels' by Jonathan Swift (2008), 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker (2009), 'A Picture of Dorian Grey' by Oscar Wilde (2010), 'Ghost Light' by Joseph O’Connor (2011),' Dubliners' by James Joyce (2012), 'Strumpet City' by James Plunkett (2013) and 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song', edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth (2014).Visit the Dublin: One City One Book website, and on Twitter; hashtag #fallen2016.
The Irish Crime Fiction Festival: A Virtual Who's Who of Irish Crime Authors
A festival devoted to Irish crime fiction, featuring some seventeen or so of the most exciting Irish and Irish-American crime novelists, takes place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November in Trinity College, Dublin. The festival concludes with the highlight event, best-selling American author Michael Connelly being interviewed by Irish crime writer John Connolly. The event marks the occasion of the Irish launch of his newest novel, 'The Gods of Guilt'. I for one have my ticket booked and I hope to get to attend most of the sessions during the festival.Irish crime authors appearing are (with links to library catalogue entries):Conor Brady. Probably best known as the former editor of The Irish Times and also a former member of the Garda Síochána (Police) Ombudsman Commission. Author of, amongst other works, two crime novels - 'A June of Ordinary Murders' and the just released 'The Eloquence of the Dead' (October 2013, not yet in stock).Declan Burke. Made his crime writing debut in 2003 with 'Eightball Boogie', his novel 'Slaughter's Hound' was shortlisted in the Crime Fiction category for the 2012 Irish Book Awards. He has edited an anthology about Irish crime writing in the 21st century plus (with John Connolly) 'Books to Die For', and maintains the ever useful 'Crime Always Pays' blog.Jane Casey. Shortlisted for this year's (Irish Book Awards) Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year for her novel 'The Stranger You Know'.Paul Charles. Northern Ireland's Paul Charles is the author of the Inspector Christy Kennedy novels set in Camden Town in London, and the Inspector Starrett novels set in Donegal. The Eurocrime blog described his Kennedy novel 'The Beautiful Sound of Silence' as "a good police procedural series which is slightly old fashioned... a satisfying and enjoyable read". Also a music promoter and agent!John Connolly. Bestselling author of the crime novel series starring private detective Charlie Parker, the 10th and most recent of which is 'The Wrath of Angels'. Edited (with Declan Burke) 'Books to Die For'.Conor Fitzgerald. Lives in Italy. 'Fitzgerald' is in fact a pseudonym for Conor Deane, the son of the renowned Irish poet and academic, Seamus Deane. His most recent novel 'The Memory Key' is the fourth in his Commissario Alec Blume series, featuring an American-born police detective living in Rome. Winner of the 2011 Irish Crime Fiction Award for his novel 'Bloodland'. 'Graveland', the third in a loose trilogy of conspiracy thrillers was published in May 2013.Declan Hughes. Author of a series of crime novels featuring Dublin-based private detective Ed Loy. Shortlisted for the 2007 CWA New Blood Fiction Dagger for his first novel, 'The Wrong Kind of Blood'.Arlene Hunt. She has written eight crime novels, her most recent, 'The Outsider', just published (October 2013, not yet in stock). Her novel 'Undertow' was shortlisted for Best Crime Novel at the 2009 Irish Book Awards.. Irish novelist and newspaper columnist Gene Kerrigan won the 2012 Crime Writers' Association's (CWA) Gold Dagger for crime novel of the year in the UK for his fourth novel, 'The Rage', which is set in the backstreets of Dublin. He also won the 2010 Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award with 'Dark Times in the City'.Kevin McCarthy. Author of 'Peeler', a novel featuring former RIC man Sean O’Keefe and set during the Irish War of Independence (c.1922). He has just been shortlisted for this year's (Irish Book Awards) Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year for his second O'Keefe novel 'Irregulars'.Brian McGilloway. Derry-born Brian's first novel, 'Borderlands', was shortlisted for the 2007 CWA New Blood Dagger. His second novel in the 4-novel Devlin series, 'Gallows Lane', was shortlisted for the 2009 Irish Book Awards/Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year. Also wrote 'Little Girl Lost', a stand-alone novel featuring PSNI Detective Sergeant Lucy Black.. Writes his crime novels under the pseudonym John Creed. Winner of the inaugural 2002 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for his Creed novel 'The Sirius Crossing'.Stuart Neville. Made this year's CWA Steel Dagger shortlist for best thriller with 'Ratlines'. The American edition of his 2009 novel 'The Twelve' ('The Ghosts of Belfast'), won the Mystery/Thriller category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2010.Niamh O'Connor. True crime editor for the Sunday World newspaper, she is the author of the Dublin-based DI Jo Birmingham series of crime fiction books. 'Blink' is her latest and fourth in the series. She has also written a number of true crime books.Louise Phillips. Shortlisted for this year's Irish Book Awards Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award for 'The Doll’s House' (winner soon to be announced). This Dublin-based psychological thriller is the second novel from Phillips.Michael Russell. A regular contributor to the TV crime series 'Midsomer Murders' and recently scripted the last ever episodes of 'A Touch of Frost'. His debut novel, 'The City of Shadows' is set in Dublin in 1934 and was longlisted for the CWA John Creasy New Blood Dagger Award 2013.
This week the Dublin Writer's Festival is taking place from June 4th - 10th.There's a taste of everything from philosophy and fiction to poetry, music, film,discussions and workshops. Writers from home and abroad take part in the events. There are some interesting readings and creative writing workshops for children also. It is well worth having a look!