LIT­ER­ARY DI­ARY

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Madeleine Keane

Hard to be­lieve it’s Novem­ber in a cou­ple of days, al­ways one of the busiest times in the Ir­ish lit­er­ary cal­en­dar. Thurs­day sees the launch of the Bord Gais En­ergy Ir­ish Book Awards short­lists which we’ll pub­lish on these pages next Sun­day. The awards con­tinue to grow: last year a po­etry prize was added and the 2017 lists, recog­nis­ing the en­dur­ing im­por­tance of lit­er­a­ture for young peo­ple, have ex­panded the chil­dren’s sec­tion to em­brace ju­nior, se­nior and young adult. The gala din­ner takes place on Tues­day Novem­ber 28 and will be broad­cast in a fab new prime time slot at 9.30 the fol­low­ing night on RTE 1.

This Thurs­day is also open­ing day of the Dublin Book Fes­ti­val. Now in its eleventh year, the DBF is a week-long cel­e­bra­tion of Ir­ish writ­ers and pub­lish­ing, run­ning the gamut of gen­res from lit­er­ary fic­tion, pol­i­tics and business through po­etry, chil­dren’s books and il­lus­tra­tion. Most events take place in Smock Al­ley The­atre with an­cil­lary hap­pen­ings in the Botanic Gar­dens, The Gut­ter Book­shop and the Na­tional Li­brary. Check out their re­ally vi­brant, am­bi­tious pro­gramme fea­tur­ing a stel­lar list of at­ten­dees at dublin­book­fes­ti­val.com

Fi­nally, a brace of new doc­u­men­taries for book lovers. Ex Lib­ris: New York Pub­lic Li­brary is a riv­et­ing look within the walls of this ven­er­a­ble in­sti­tu­tion. Di­rected by Fred­er­ick Wise­man, it has been col­lect­ing lau­rels on the in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val cir­cuit. And last Tues­day Net­flix re­leased Joan Did­ion: The Cen­tre Will Not Hold, an ab­sorb­ing por­trait of the cre­ator of The Year of Mag­i­cal Think­ing, made by her nephew ac­tor Grif­fin Dunne, son of that other great chron­i­cler of Amer­i­can life, Do­minick.

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