If you buy The Irish Times on Saturday in Eason’s, you can purchase The Choice by Edith Eger for €4.99, a saving of €6

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

A worker on a skyscraper in Xiamen,  China: the “Capability Triad” is  a sweet spot of economic progress where skill development, the improved production of goods and organisational change overlap.  Photograph: Reuters

Insightful and expansive study of economic growth is a little heavy on academic language

The judges for the 2018 Man Booker Prize (from left)  Val McDermid, Leanne Shapton, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Leo Robson and Jacqueline Rose. Photograph: Man Booker Prize/PA

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

Avedis Hadjian seeks out people in the villages and towns of Western Armenia, chatting to anyone who will talk to him.

Avedis Hadjian presents a genocide-scarred culture where Armenians deny their identity

Photograph: iStock/Getty

John Banville, Kathleen MacMahon, John Boyne, Joseph O’Connor and more on what they’ll be reading

Irish Times Africa Day writing competition winners Oluwasegun Seriki and Lara El-Kadi receive their prizes at The Irish Times today. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Read the work of winners Lara El-Kadi, Natasha Sutton and Oluwasegun Seriki

A  mural in Derry of Annette McGavigan, who was killed age 14 in 1971. Photograph: courtesy of McGavigan family

Duffy and co-writer Freya McClements appeal for families’ help to make book complete

 Hubert Butler in 1987: “This new essay prize is founded to recognize Butler’s achievement in intellectual history, and to encourage the kind of economical but substantial essay-writing which he perfected.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Prize commemorates great Irish writer and humanitarian and promotes essay-writing

 Desmond Elliott Prize winner Preti Taneja, author of We That Are Young. Photograph: Louise Haywood-Schiefer/ Desmond Elliott Prize/PA

A sneak preview of Saturday's books pages

Mike McCormack with the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Valerie O’Riordan, Chris Connolly and Anne Patterson on Society of Authors award shortlists

Kamila Shamsie, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Photograph: Getty Images

What’s coming up in Saturday’s books pages

 Paul Lynch.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A sneak preview of Saturday’s books pages

Paul Lynch: Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award winner. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Colette Bryce’s ‘Selected Poems’ wins Pigott Poetry Prize at Listowel Writers’ Week

Olga Tokarczuk: trained as a psychologist at the University of Warsaw, and her interest in Jung continues to influence her work. Photograph: Jacek Kolodziejski

Author of the ‘beguilingly experimental’ Flights becomes first Pole to take prize

Our conversation ranged over literary archaeology to her championing of new voices and the cultural and social context surrounding(...)

What’s coming up in Saturday’s books pages

German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s debut novel explores a Europe in a state of flux.

Readers seeking striking European voices should embrace this novel

Fergal Keane: 'A legendary journalist who is also a first-rate historian and a marvellous writer.'

Marianne Elliott awarded special £5,000 prize for advancing understanding of Irish history in Britain

 Edna O’Brien  at her home in London in 2006: “Writing isn’t elitist: it’s the deepest thing we have. It’s as essential as breathing.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Author, 88, from Co Clare has enjoyed a long and distinguished career since making her name with The Country Girls in 1962

The winner will be announced at the opening ceremony of Listowel Writers’ Week on May 30th.

'Midwinter Break' and 'Conversations With Friends' are two of five books on Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award shortlist

Manus Boyle Tobin: “This story was inspired by glimpses and snapshots of Dublin and its people. By the housing crisis, homelessness and isolation.”

Aaron Finnegan and Louise G Cole win awards and Bernard MacLaverty inducted into Hall of Fame

Mark O’Connell's debut book 'manages to be simultaneously hilarious, touching and utterly humane'. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Rivals include Granta publisher Sigrid Rausing and Nigerian novelist Ayobami Adebayo

Matt Killeen’s “Orphan Monster Spy” (Usborne, £7.99) takes us back in time to the outbreak of the second World War

New releases make the most of International Women’s Day with plenty of female stories

This is Ireland: 12 books that capture the Ireland of now

A Minister, a historian and 13 Irish writers select the modern works - from Ross O'Carroll-Kelly to Donal Ryan - that capture for (...)

Frank Wynne: jointly won the IMPAC/Dublin Literary Festival Prize in 2002 for Atomised (The Elementary Particles) by Michel Houellebecq

Frank Wynne’s translations of Javier Cercas’s The Impostor and Virginie Despentes’s Vernon Subutex 1 up for £50,000 prize

Sebastian Barry, Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, Joseph O’Connor, Mary O’Donnell, Carlo Gébler, Helena Mulkerns, Ita Daly and Dermot Bo(...)

John Connell: The Cow Book tells the story of his relationship with his home-place, livestock, and father

Review: Returned emigrant John Connell’s vivid account of a year on the family farm

 Emma Hannigan at home in Bray, Co Wicklow in 2010. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Emma was the epitome of strength, love and generosity, beyond anything I have known’

Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman, not to be confused with Jo Nesbo’s one

As Storm Emma has us all under curfew, we list some great books to read by the fire

Edna O’Brien: recognised for “the absolute perfection of her prose”  which  broke down “social and sexual barriers for women in Ireland and beyond”. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Country Girls’ author on ‘our unhinged times’ as she receives $50,000 Pen award

The Kiss by Auguste Rodin. Photograph: Christophel Fine Art/UIG via Getty Images

'It was Yeats’s lessons in lovesex that hit home': poets on their favourite love poems for St Valentine’s Day

Longlisted: Bernard MacLaverty, Maggie O’Farrell and Mark O’Connell

Bernard MacLaverty, Maggie O’Farrell and Mark O’Connell on 12-strong longlist for prize celebrating books about health and medicin(...)

Philip Casey listening to  readings of his poetry at the launch of his Selected Poems at the Mansion House, Dublin, in August 2015. Photograph: Sara Freund

Author of acclaimed Bann trilogy and four poetry collections was at the heart of Irish literary world

Frank Fenn  with the six millionth box of Baileys Irish Cream. Photograph: Alan Betson

A look at the 10 most popular literary articles of the year

Roddy Doyle: Ticket readers have chosen his latest novel, Smile, as the best Irish novel  of 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ticket Awards 2017: ‘Smile’, Doyle’s powerful story of a middle-aged Dubliner dealing with memories of abuse, has topped our inaug(...)

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn stuff ... Writers name their favourite works of the year

'Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling' authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen have signed a six-figure, two-book deal with Gill Books to continue the story.

Cúirt highlights; major Seamus Heaney exhibition; book deals for Niamh Boyce and debut author from Derry

Here are our best reads of the last year

Ali Smith: will be in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson on March 21st, 2018

Irish Times Poetry Now Award judges named

Jodie Foster stars in Claude Chabrol’s The Blood of Others, based on a Brian Moore screenplay

10 bookish brain teasers

 Bernard MacLaverty: won the coveted Novel of the Year prize for Midwinter Break, his first novel in 16 years. Photograph: Camera Press/Wattie Cheung

Bernard MacLaverty, Marian Keyes and Atlas of the Irish Revolution get the big breaks

Bloomsday 1954: Patrick Kavanagh with writer Anthony Cronin, after their pilgrimage to Sandymount Strand, arriving at Davy Byrne’s pub, South Ann Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Dermot Barry

Leading poets and writers take a fresh look at the writer on the 50th anniversary of his death

Eoin McHugh: published The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan while publisher at Transworld Ireland

Eavan Boland is to receive Bob Hughes Lifetimes Achievement Award at Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Costa shortlisted: Sarah Crossan, Karl Geary, Sinéad Morrissey

Karl Geary, Sarah Crossan and Sinéad Morrissey among nominations

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney’s biographer, Goldsmith Prize winner, and who wrote ‘The Birds’

Nicola Barker: won the Impac Dublin Literary Award in 2000 for Wide Open

Prize dominated by Irish writers goes to English author for first time

Eithne Shortall: novelist and chief arts writer on the Ireland edition of the Sunday Times

Sunday Times chief arts writer’s debut also optioned for TV series by NBC Universal Studios

The late Seamus Heaney: his work “touches people so profoundly because it seems to spring from a very deep life indeed”,  says newly announced biographer Fintan O’Toole. Photograph: Pat Langan

Faber announces ‘Irish Times’ columnist to write Nobel Prize-winning poet’s authorised life

Babette’s Feast: “I spend considerably more time reading about food than I do cooking it,” admits Paula McGrath

Food Month: Henrietta McKervey, Rob Doyle, Danielle McLaughlin, Ian Duhig, Paula McGrath, Jo Spain and Martina Evans share favouri(...)

You know wjhen? Bryan Murray reading Ulysses at Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove during the Bloomsday celebrations. But what date? Photograph: Cyril Byrne
The weekly book quiz

Test your knowledge of Irish and international literature

Sinéad Gleeson presents ‘The Book Show’ on RTÉ Radio and reviews for ‘The Irish Times’

Anyone who has read her Granta essays, ‘Blue Hills and Chalk Bones’ and ‘Second Mother’, will be impatient to read more

British author Kazuo Ishiguro   was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature earlier this month, but what is the title of his latest novel? Photograph:   Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Test your literary knowledge

Michael Fassbender as Harry Hole in the film adapation of The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, which comes where in the series?

Also: women in translation, a literary dog’s name, and where the Dickens is Diogenes?

Giovanni Adorni Braccesi, the Italian ambassador to Ireland, John Banville and his wife Janet after the awarding of the Ordine della Stella d’Italia

Leading Irish author made Cavaliere of the Ordine della Stella d’Italia at Italian embassy ceremony

 Eimear McBride. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Also: a host of prizewinners and the only Irish-language No1 bestseller are among this week's gems

Macnas will parade Memory Song through Dublin’s Northside as part of the Bram Stoker Festival

Poets shortlisted for TS Eliot and Warwick Prizes; Dublin Book Festival highlights; Something Wicked

 Sarah Davis-Goff, right, with Tramp Press co-publisher Lisa Coen. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tinder Press buys Tramp publisher’s post-apocalyptic Irish novel. TV rights already sold for Ahern’s 30 women’s stories

Kazuo Ishiguro:. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

Author is best known for novel ‘The Remains of the Day’

Catherine Doyle: “Having grown up listening to my grandfather’s stories of daring sea rescues and adventures on Arranmore Island, it’s wonderful to be able to write a magical island story that has been inspired by them”

Ed O’Loughlin and Sara Baume shortlisted for major awards; BBC to adapt Tana French novels for Dublin Murders TV series

Adrian McKinty: “one of Britain’s great contemporary crime writers and the Sean Duffy books are his masterpiece,” according to Ian Rankin

Edgar Award-winning thriller is fifth in Sean Duffy series about a Catholic RUC man

Sinéad Morrissey: “The poems in On Balance are beautifully written, emotionally charged and filled with a wonderful complexity,” said jury chairman Andrew Marr

Armagh poet wins Best Collection prize for ‘On Balance’. Ocean Vuong and Ian Patterson also honoured

JP Donleavy in his study packing the archive of his work in 2005. Photograph: David Sleator

Tributes: John Banville, Kevin Barry, Donal Ryan, Pat McCabe, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and others assess ‘The Ginger Man’ author

Man Booker 2017 shortlist: Paul Auster, Ali Smith, Mohsin Hamid, Emily Fridlund, George Saunders, Fiona Mozley

Irish authors Mike McCormack and Sebastian Barry fail to make cut

Niall McMonagle: conferred by UCD with an honorary doctorate of literature in recognition of his outstanding work and influence in the arts and his tireless support of Irish culture

Irish literary news: Culture Night; Sounds from a Safe Harbour; Dromineer Literary Festival; Patrick Kavanagh weekend; HomePlace e(...)

Inch Levels: reclaimed land  on the shoreline of Lough Swilly

A powerful debut novel set in the landscapes of Ireland’s northern borderlands

Author Shane Connaughton talks to Martin Doyle, Books Editor of The Irish Times, in Bantry Library as part of the West Cork Literary Festival in July

The Oscar-winning screenwriter and author discusses his career including Married Quarters, his long-awaited sequel to A Border Sta(...)

Angela Nagle: “I became obsessed with online anti-feminist forums about eight years ago. It started me thinking about the relationship between countercultures, subcultures and the mainstream”

‘Literary people are much more open to complexity than political people. Political online commentary is just a cesspit for the unh(...)

“Hans Christian Andersen’s dark, original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise O’Neill her legions of devoted fans.” Photograph: Anna Groniecka

Wild Words festival; John Toomey wins award; Irish Pages at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Sebastian Barry and Mike McCormack: Man Booker 2017 longlisted

Pair have already won awards for their listed novels, ‘Days Without End’ and ‘Solar Bones’

Shane Connaughton leans against the wall outside the Garda Barracks in Redhills.

The sequel to his acclaimed 1989 debut is set in a Garda station in Cavan in late 1950s

Some of Ireland’s best-known writers and readers share the books that will be in their suitcases

If you’re heading off the beaten track, you might welcome  book recommendations from local experts

From Bulgaria to Zambia and from China to Palestine, the books you should be reading

Jennifer Johnston talks to Eileen Battersby at the Irish Writers Centre in Dulbin this month

Irish Times Book Club: The distinguished author discusses her life and work

Sebastian Barry at the Gutter Bookshop Dalkey after winning the Independent Bookshop Award. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Maeve Binchy walk; TCD archives conference; Words Ireland initiatives

Share your local knowledge with Irish visitors this summer

 Sinead Morrissey: shorltisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Photograph: Eric Luke

The latest literary news and listings

There’s a celebration of Bloomsday co-founder, the late Anthony Cronin, on June 16th

To mark WB Yeats’s birthday and Bloomsday the National Library will show newly acquired letters to Yeats from James Joyce

The Power by Naomi Alderman, reviewed by Danny Wallace, is the bookies’ favourite to win the Baileys Prize tomorrow

Grace Dent, Bettany Hughes, Stephen Mangan, Anthony Horowitz, Anita Rani and Danny Wallace on tomorrow’s potential winners

“There are very few outlets for people writing for children, whether it’s poetry or short fiction”

‘You can sense the twinkle in the author’s eye,’ says editor of Janet Turner’s winner

 Kit de Waal: Irish Novel of the Year winner. Photograph: Justine Stoddart

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Michael Longley: “Harold Pinter encouraged me in my youth. So, for personal as well as literary and political reasons I am moved and honoured by this award.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Judges praise poet’s ‘effortlessly lyric and fluent poetry… wholly suffused with humanity, humility and compassion’

Irish Times Africa Day writing competition winners. Pictured with Books Editor Martin Doyle are Boitumelo Ntsimane (Portlaoise); Matthew Price (Rathfarnham) and Florence Olufemi-Ojo (Tallaght). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The African-themed short story and poetry competition is designed to showcase emerging talent and established writers

Yanis Varoufakis’s appearance will be one of the highlights of the International Literature Festival Dublin. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Actor Lisa Dwan will be sharing her unique perspective on reading and acting Beckett, at the  2017 Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Bookmarks: a round-up of the latest Irish literary news and listings

Elizabeth (EM) Reapy, a writer and tutor from Mayo,  was featured in The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers and shortlisted for the 2017 Hennessy Award in Emerging Fiction

Debut novel about three young Irish economic migrants in Australia won Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards

Edna O’Brien will receive her prize of €1,500 at a ceremony in the Swiss embassy in Dublin in May. Photograph: Alan Betson

International Literature Festival Dublin highlights; Pigott Poetry Prize shortlist; Irish Writers in London Summer School; Dublin (...)

Out of the Marvellous, an Atelier Pinton tapestry designed by Peter Sis in memory of Seamus Heaney is to be unveiled on April 20th at 6.30pm at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin

French translation prize; AE anniversary lecture; love songs in Limerick; Seamus Heaney tapestry

The Man Booker shortlisted author discusses his career, his Rustbelt Trilogy and the rise of Donald Trump, and his month-long mara(...)

Kit de Waal: “It would be very easy to have given the book a happy ending but I know from my personal experience that that wouldn’t happen.” Photograph:  Justine Stoddart

Eimear McBride on Encore Award shortlist; Gutter Bookshop shortlisted; Cork World Book Festival; Karl Whitney working on a hit; Co(...)

 Michael Collins  at the 37th US Film Festival, in Deauville,  France, in  2011, where he received the Deauville literary award for his book, Midnight in a Perfect Life. Photograph: Getty Images

Martin Doyle interviews the Booker-nominated author, extreme runner and stabbing survivor about Midnight in a Perfect Life

Joe Joyce: The city is an integral part of the book, not just the backdrop to a spy story. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Kerry Group Novel of the Year shortlist; Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist; Poetry Ireland quiz

Michael Collins: I write of crimes that go unacknowledged, unpunished, crimes which barely register. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I saw, within the crime genre’s scope, a way to metaphorically and literally uncover who or what had killed American greatness’

Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends will be published by Faber in June Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends will be published by Faber in June

American writers dominate 2017 Sunday Times EFG short story award shortlist

Shane Hegarty: “This is the kind of news a writer dreams of, to be honest.” Photograph: Andres Poveda

Penguin Ireland and Gutter Bookshop up for British Book Awards

Wellcome Book Prize judges Di Speirs, Simon Baron-Cohen, Val McDermid, Tim Lewens and Gemma Cairney

Paul Kalanithi’s memoir could become first posthumous work to win the prize

 Kate Kerrigan: the Co Mayo author, who also writes as Morag Prunty, received her trophy from  cookery writer Prue Leith at the awards ceremony in London

Sophia Bennett’s Love Song wins Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year 2017

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