The Book Show

    The Book Show Saturday 24th January 2015

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    The Book Show

    Presented by Sinead Gleeson The Book Show celebrates books and the world of writing with readings, discussion, author interviews and special features

    The Book Show, presented by Sinead Gleeson, is where we get to know a bit more about the books you love and talk about what you could be reading over the next few months.

    Writers and publishers will talk stories, books and the world of writing and we’ll have readings, reports and regular items. The Book Show will bring you the best in international and Irish authors, with weekly discussions, interviews, features and literary trivia.


    If there’s anything you’d like to hear covered on the show or have any comments to make, why not get in touch bookshow@rte.ie and you’ll find us on twitter @bookshowrte and on Facebook.

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    As the UK publisher Picador announces its new imprint, Picador Classics – which includes Irish authors John Banville, Colm Toibín, Pat McCabe and Niall Williams – we ask What Makes A Classic?

    Sinead is joined by Daniel Bolger from New Island Books which has a Modern Irish Classics range, Picador publisher Paul Baggaley and Professor Margaret Kelleher from UCD. We hear how publishers decide on which titles to chose, why some books become classics and others don’t and we hear from our guests which books they consider to be lost classics.

    The Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon has just been nominated for an Academy Award and reporter Liam Geraghty visits them to hear about their film Song of the Sea. He speaks to Thomm Moor and Will Collins on folklore, myths, legends and selkies.

    U.S. writer A.M Homes wrote her first novel Jack when she was only 19. She has been busy ever since. Her novels and stories are often set in suburbia and focus on the dysfunction and catastrophes that keep families together! She writes with humour and a breathless witty pace that has become something of a trademark. Her characters suffer but with A.M. Homes redemption, hope and healing are always attainable. Sinead spoke to her in New York recently about her books, her own family life and her latest novel May We Be Forgiven (Granta 2012)

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