25 November 2008
The Guests

This guests for this week's books focussed show are novelist John Boyne, actress and writer Jeananne Crowley and novelist and journalist Peter Murphy.

The Christmas: Stocking Fillers & The eBook

More books are sold in the run up to Christmas than in the other 11 months of the year combined - but what are going to be the biggest sellers this festive season? We hit the bookshops to find out the most popular sellers and caught up with Ben Schott, who was in town to promote the fourth edition of Schott's Almanac, a book once again destined for many a stocking, and had our panel take a look at the eBook.

The Book: Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a best-selling author of both graphic novels and fiction for readers of all ages. A prolific writer of prose, poetry, film, journalism, song lyrics and drama, he has co-written with Terry Pratchett, wrote the screenplay for the movie version of Beowulf and is the creator and writer of the DC Comics series Sandman. His latest work 'The Graveyard Book' is about a boy called Nobody Owens - or Bod as he's known to his friends - who is growing up in a cemetery and being raised and educated by ghosts.

The Art Book: Representing Art In Ireland

'Representing Art in Ireland' is a new publication from the Fenton Gallery in Cork in which you'll find 130 artists which have shown in the gallery since it was founded back in 2000. Packed with reproductions of the work and shots of the artists themselves, it also features newly commissioned texts by 34 Irish writers and including Vera Ryan, Aidan Dunne and James Elkins.

The Panel: Books Of The Year

The panel have given us their selected books of the year [details of panel choices: John Boyne: Philip Hensher - The Northern Clemency (4th Estate), Barry McCrea - The First Verse (Brandon); Peter Murphy: George Saunders - The Braindead Megaphone (Bloomsbury), Shaun Tan - The Arrival (Hachette); Jeananne Crowley:
Sunny Jacobs - Stolen Time  (Bantam Books),
Peter Godwin - When A Crocodile Eats the Sun (Picador), Virginia Nicholson - Singled Out (Penguin)].

The Performance: One Day International

One Day International are a group of musicians who come from diverse musical backgrounds. They've been together, since 2007 and their debut album, 'Blackbird' was released last month. One Day International will be at The Button Factory on 18 December and here they play 'Miss Your Mouth'.

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