4 December 2007
The Guests

Writer and columnist Nuala O'Faolain; novelist Glenn Patterson; playwright and novelist Lorcan Roche.

The Film: You Kill Me

Directed by John Dahl, 'You Kill Me' stars Ben Kingsley as Frank, an alcoholic hitman working for the Polish mob in Buffalo. So concerned are the gangsters after a drunk Frank falls asleep on the job, they send him to San Francisco to clean up his act. On the west coast the hitman joins AA, takes a job in a funeral home and finds a little love in his life.

The Book: The Almost Moon

'The Almost Moon' is the new novel from Alice Sebold, the bestselling author of 'The Lovely Bones' and 'Lucky'. In this grim tale of mother and daughter, Helen Knightly does the unthinkable - even in a work of fiction it seems - and kills her mother. And that's just for starters. With the mammy now in the freezer, Helen understandably isn't entirely sure what to do next. But even so she manages to rope in her former husband, sleep with her best friend's son and recall in dark detail all that family business which finally led her to the mother of all murders. 'The Almost Moon' is published by Picador.

The Film: Blame It on Fidel

Directed by Julie Gavras, the daughter of filmmaker Costa-Gavras, 'Blame It on Fidel' stars Nina Kervel as the nine-year-old Anna, whose life changes when her parents become political radicals and begin to devote more time to the cause than to family life. None of it makes any sense to Anna - especially the move from a charmed existence of some privilege to life in a small Paris apartment filled with men from Chile.

The Exhibition: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

Now on at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, 'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon' is an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints. Created in the 1880s by the artist Yoshitoshi, a revered master of the technique, 'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon' is a series of prints linked to the phases of the moon. 'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon' is at the Chester Beatty Library until 17 February.

The Performance: Josh Ritter

To play us out tonight, from Moscow, Idaho Josh Ritter is now pretty much eligible to play for Ireland. He's always a welcome sight and his current album, 'The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter', sees him back here on a national tour. Tonight he performs for us 'The Temptation of Adam'.

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