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Tuesday 26th April

Granta Magazine showcases new Irish writing

Marking the latest edition of Granta Magazine which is dedicated to showcasing new Irish writing, poetry and photography, in the company of acting deputy editor of Granta Magazine Luke Brown, authors Sally Rooney, Colin Barrett, Sara Baume, John Connell and poet Stephen Sexton

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Monday 25th April

International Dublin Literary Award shortlist: "The End of Days" by Jenny Erpenbeck

Kay Sheehy with the first review of the 10 novels on shortlist for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award – “The End of Days” by Jenny Erpenbeck, a story that spans the 20th century and follows one woman through five lives and each time she dies the question is posed –what might her life have been like? (published by Granta Books)

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Monday 18th April

Essay: Lisa McInerney, author of "The Glorious Heresies"

Lisa McInerney reads her essay about how her debut novel “The Glorious Heresies” (which has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016) was automatically assigned a female gender

Thursday 14th April

"Twisted River" by Siobhan MacDonald

Siobhan MacDonald reads an extract from her forthcoming debut novel “Twisted River” (published by Canelo Books)

Tuesday 12th April

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - 2016 shortlist

Kay Sheehy reviews the novels on the shortlist for the 2016 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award -

'Academy Street' by Mary Costello

'Our Lady of the Nile' by Scolastique Mukasonga

'The End of Days' by Jenny Erpenbeck

'Outlaws' by Javier Cercas’

'Diary of the Fall' by Michel Laub

'A Short History of Seven Killings' by Marlon James

'Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?' by David Eggers

'Dept. of Speculation' by Jenny Offill

'Family Life' by Akhil Sharma

'Lila' by Marilynne Robertson

Monday 11th April

Review: “When I Was Old” by Georges Simenon

Anthony Thuillier reviews “When I Was Old” by Georges Simenon, a collection of autobiographical notebooks by the creator of Detective Inspector Maigret (published by Penguin)

Thursday 7th April

"Mexican Hooker #1" by Carmen Aguirre

Chilean writer Carmen Aguirre talks about her memoir “Mexican Hooker #1”, the harrowing and honest story of her life as a victim of child rape, an actress, playwright and author (published by Portobello Books)

Review: “Kill 'Em & Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown” by James McBride

Róisín Dwyer reviews a new biography of the godfather of soul James Brown – “Kill 'Em & Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown” by James McBride (published by Wiedenfeld and Nicolson)

Wednesday 6th April

Review: "Maestra" by L.S. Hilton

Declan Burke and Arlene Hunt review “Maestra” by L.S. Hilton, an erotic thriller about a young art worker travelling across Europe searching for the truth about a fraud at her London auction house, combined with lots of murder and graphic sex (published by Zaffre)

Tuesday 5th April

"Colours Other Than Blue" by Anthony Glavin

Anthony Glavin talks about his latest novel "Colours Other Than Blue", the story of a woman writing her diaries which helps her come to terms with the difficult relationship with her mother (published by Ward River Press)



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