The Irish Writers Centre and Women Aloud Northern Ireland were recognised for their cross-Border work with the prize for best collaborative work at the 2017 Saboteur Awards in London last weekend. WomenXBorders brought more than 100 women from the North and South together for International Women's Day to participate in a day-long readathon, panel discussions on women in literature and a literary soundscape at the Irish Writers Centre on Parnell Square, Dublin. Other Irish winners at the annual awards, run by the literary journal Sabotage Reviews, were Derry writer and regular Irish Times reviewer Freya McClements (best reviewer) and WomenAloudNI (best wildcard).
Speaking of awards, Irish Times reader Alan Pleass wrote in to point out that while the Gutter Bookshop, as reported, had been named Independent Bookshop of the Year (UK and Ireland) at the 2017 British Book Awards, this was not in fact the first time an Irish bookshop has won the award. That honour went to the late Fred Hanna in 1998, one of Ireland's finest independent booksellers.
I will be recommending and discussing my favourite books at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, at 2pm tomorrow as well as offering as behind-the-scenes look at how our book review pages are put together. The event is part of a series organised by local bookshop, The Reading Room.
Tomorrow's pages feature Paschal Donohoe on After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality; Eileen Battersby on Between Them by Richard Ford; Catriona Crowe on a biography of Helena Molony by Nell Regan; Sinead Gleeson on Megan Hunter's The End We Start From; Houman Barekat on Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann; Declan Burke on Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane; Fiona Macintosh on House of Names by Colm Toibin; John Boyne on Spoils by Brian van Reet; Kevin Gildea on Magnus Mills' The Forensic Records Society; Sarah Gilmartin on The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan; Declan Hughes on the best new crime writing; and Paul Clements on local history books.
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