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    Review: "So Sad Today" by Melissa Broder

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “So Sad Today” by the poet Melissa Broder, a selection of frank essays about intimate aspects her life (two years ago she assumed an anonymous Twitter persona in which she expressed her darkest and most negative feelings)  (published by Scribe Publications) 


    “Gods & Angels” by David Park

    Belfast author David Park chats about “Gods & Angels”, his second collection of short stories exploring themes of loneliness and the male experience (published by Bloomsbury)


    International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: "Family Life" by Akhil Sharma

    Kay Sheehy with the fifth review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award - “Family Life” by Akhil Sharma, an autobiographical novel chronicling the immigrant experience of an Indian family who relocate to America (published by Norton)

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    "The Springs of Affection" by Maeve Brennan re-issued

    Declan Meade, publisher and Maeve Brennan biographer Angela Bourke explain why The Stinging Fly are re-issuing the short story collection “The Springs of Affection” by Maeve Brennan

    Details of event at Smock Alley celebrating Maeve's life:    


    “A Country Road, A Tree” by Jo Baker

    Jo Baker talks about her novel “A Country Road, A Tree”, a fictional story about an unknown writer called Samuel Beckett who leaves neutral Ireland to join the Resistance in France in 1939 (published by Doubleday)


    "On Bowie" by Simon Critchley

    Simon Critchley explains why the music of David Bowie has had such an impact on his life in his book “On Bowie” (published by Serpents Tail)


    "Solar Bones" by Mike McCormack

    Mike McCormack chats about his novel “Solar Bones”, set in contemporary Mayo about how one man copes with caring for a sick wife, being a father and the fallout from the recent economic crash (published by Tramp Press)


    "Multitudes" by Lucy Caldwell

    Lucy Caldwell talks about her debut collection of short stories “Multitudes” which are set in and around east Belfast (published by Faber)

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