Thursday, June 30, 2011


I love book launches; love knowing my fellow writers are published and their work for sale in bookshops and available to booklovers to read.

Last evening I was in Longford where Anne Skelly's debut novel "Foolish Pride" was launched to great fanfare in the County Library - a wonderful facility with not only library but also Archives and a Heritage Service. Present was the newly appointed Lord Mayor of Longford; launch was by local author Brian Leydon; those attending included several local authors; the many writing and reading groups in the county, and friends of Anne's from as far afield as Germany.

"Foolish Pride" is a modern love story but with a nod to Jane Austen and a must read for the romantics among us. It is published by Book Republic ( which describes itself as "a bijou publishing press". BR is an imprint of Maverick House Publishers, but, given the current climate where getting published is so difficult, the most interesting fact about Book Republic is that it is actively seeking talented new Irish writers.

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