Thursday 4th June

"Tanglewood" by Dermot Bolger

Dermot Bolger talks about his latest novel “Tanglewood”, set in Blackrock, Dublin in 2007 it charts the relationships of two marriages during the boom and bust of Celtic Tiger Ireland (published by New Island), he also talks about the poem he was commissioned to write to celebrate 300 years of the Mansion House


Wednesday 3rd June

Review: "God Help The Child" by Toni Morrison

Yvonne Nolan reviews “God Help The Child” by Toni Morrison, which address issues of racism within the black community and the impact of childhood trauma (published by Chatto & Windus)

"Let Me Be Frank With You" by Richard Ford

Richard Ford reads an extract from the novella “The New Normal”, taken from his latest novel “Let Me Be Frank With You”

Tuesday 2nd June

IMPAC shortlist - "TransAtlantic" by Colum McCann

Kay Sheehy with the sixth review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “TransAtlantic” by Colum McCann, a fictional family of inter-generational women set against the backdrop of three historic Irish journeys (Atlantic crossing by Alcock and Brown in 1919,1845 anti slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass lectures in Cork and in 1998 George Mitchell helps broker the Good Friday Agreement) (published by Random House)

"Young Irelanders", a collection of short stories edited by Dave Lordan

Dave Lordan, editor of “Young Irelanders”, a collection of contemporary short stories from new and established Irish writers (published by New Island)

"One Life" by Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville talks about her latest book “One Life”, the story of her mother Nancy’s life (published by Canongate)

Monday 1st June

Publishers and new technology

Evelyn O’Rourke spoke to Sarah Hodgson, editor of publisher Harper Collins about how they have adapted to new technology and the e-book side of their crime/thriller publishing business - Killer Reads; she also spoke to Irish writer Sheena Lambert about how she is taking the e-book direction in getting her work published

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Review: graphic novel "La Lucha"

Dave Hendrick reviews “La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico”, a graphic novel addressing the issue of the Mexican government’s war against drug cartels; it is the first in a line of graphic novels by human rights organisation Front Line Defenders (published by Verso Books)

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Friday 29th May

IMPAC shortlist - “Horses of God” by Mahi Binebine

Kay Sheehy with the fifth review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Horses of God” by Mahi Binebine, the story of four childhood friends growing up in a shanty town in Morocco as they make the life-changing decisions that will lead them to become Islamist martyrs (published by Tin House Books)

Thursday 28th May

"World Gone By" by Dennis Lehane

American crime writer Dennis Lehane talks about his latest novel “World Gone By”, the conclusion of the Joe Coughlin trilogy and the story of the struggle for power between Boston criminal gangs and a corrupt police force (published by Little Brown)



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