Thursday, September 13, 2012


With the so called 'silly season' over, it's time for book launches again. Some publishers get in early to capture the lucrative Christmas market, others are more inclined to wait until November.

Last evening saw the launch of Marita Conlon McKenna's Love, Lucie. Despite having made her name as a children's author, this is her first children's book in a while. Judging by the attendance, enthusiasm, marketing, posters and general air of excitement at the launch which was held in the Grafton Street branch of Dubray, it will be yet another success for her.

Also in the pipeline is Emma Donoghue reading from her latest short story collection, Astray. This is taking place in Dublin's gorgeous Hugh Lane Gallery at 2 o'clock on Saturday 29 September. Her play The Talk of The Town IS about Irish writer Maeve Brennan. She took New York by literary and social storm during the 1950s. Emma's play showing in the Project Art Centre - opening night 27 September.

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