Monday 22 April 2019

Literary Diary

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie

Madeleine Keane

The tedium of a transatlantic flight was relieved recently by Ruth Ware's gripping new psychological thriller The Death of Mrs Westaway. So I'm excited about interviewing her, along with Lisa Jewell, author of Watching You, at the inaugural Murder One festival which takes place November 2-4 at Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre. Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin and Bert Wright have curated an impressive line up which includes such maestros of the genre as Lynda La Plante, Val McDermid and Liz Nugent. Check out Murderone.ie

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Like many Dublin families, we've tramped Dun Laoghaire's East and West Piers countless times over the years, so I was delighted when a copy of People on the Pier (New Island) landed on my desk. An affectionate celebration of these much-loved Dublin landmarks, this collection of pictures, memories and stories has been thoughtfully edited by librarians Betty Stenson and Marian Therese Keyes. Definitely one to keep in mind as a present for a certain festive season hurtling towards us at breakneck speed.

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Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Vikram Seth are just some the great voices that India has produced, so it will be interesting to see who wins the JCB Prize for Literature. This new award celebrates distinguished fiction by Indian writers and the jury will be chaired by author Vivek Shanbhag. Meanwhile, among the short-listed writers just announced for the Royal Irish Academy's Michel Deon Prize are Emilie Pine - Notes to Self - and Ruth Fitzmaurice for I Found My Tribe. The winner of this prestigious award for non-fiction will take home a cheque for €10,000, along with all the kudos.

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