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    Johnny Vegas, comedian

    Abie Philbin Bowman profiles the career of comedian Johnny Vegas, as told in his memoir 'Becoming Johnny Vegas' (published by Harper Collins).

    He will be a guest at this year's Dublin Writers Festival. Details at www.dublinwritersfestival.com        

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    Robert Crumb, animator

    Dan Nosella looks at a 6-volume collection of the animator Robert Sketchbooks, 1964-1981(published by Taschen)     

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    Tony Parsons

    the author Tony Parsons talks about his latest novel, the crime thriller "The Murder Bag" which is the first in a trilogy featuring Detective Max Wolfe (published by Century)

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    International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

    in her series reviewing novels on the shortlist for this year's International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, this week Kay Sheehy reviews "The Detour" by Gerbrand Bakker (published by Vintage) 

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    Other people's taste in music

    John Byrne reviews “Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste” by Carl Wilson (published by Bloomsbury), a book that looks at how people organise their identities around their professed love for different types of music

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    Book review

    Arlene Hunt reviews "Can Anybody Help Me?", the first novel from Sinead Crowley (the RTÉ Arts & Media Correspondent).  Published by Quercus

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    Music books review

    Tony Clayton Lea reviews some of the latest music books - "Simply Thrilled: The Presposterous Story Of Postcard Records" by Simon Goddard (published by Ebury Press),  "Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm & Blues" by Joel Selvin (published by Counterpoint Press),  "Bathed In Lightning" by Colin Harper (published by Jawbone Press) and "Rock Stars Stole My Life" by Mark Ellen (published by Coronet)     

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    International IMPAC Literary Award

    in the 4th episode of her series looking at the novels on the IMPAC 014 shortlist, Kay Sheehy reviews "Absolution" by Patrick Flanery, published by Atlantic Books

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