Irish Book Week 2021 celebration


Bookselling Ireland President Aoife Roantree presents Irish Book Week 2021, the annual celebration of Irish authors, publishers and bookstores who help keep the industry alive, which runs October 16-23.

‘The Land of Saints and Scholars’: Ireland’s reputation for literary excellence dates back over a thousand years, and we have not rested on our laurels: this small island has produced Booker Prize winners, Nobel Prize winners and worldwide bestsellers of several million copies. The DUBLIN Literary Prize is one of the most prestigious (and among the twenty richest) literary prizes in the world.

To better recognize and support Irish books, writers, illustrators, publishers and bookstores, in 2018 Ireland Bookstore and Ireland Edition collaborated on the launch of Irish Book Week – a campaign to remind Irish readers of the wealth of local talent, as well as the importance of supporting great Irish writing, publishing and wonderful Irish bookstores.

Never has it been more important to support local creators and local businesses (bookstores and publishers). 2021 has been a difficult year for all, as Brexit has caused a major disruption to Ireland’s pound supply. Almost four out of five books stored in Irish bookstores are shipped from the UK (and many more considering that books published in Ireland are generally not printed in Ireland, but in Europe and the Far East before d ‘to be transported across the UK land bridge).

Irish publishers and bookstores rose to the challenge heroically, successfully hooking or crooks getting books into the hands of Irish readers. It resulted in tremendous stress and long hours (and a lot of paperwork), but it was worth seeing the pleasure and appreciation of Irish readers young and old when they got their hands on some really great books. expected.

Lisa McInerney to read at Waterstones Cork for Irish Book Week

While the past year has been good for book sales overall, as tired, stressed and overwhelmed readers around the world have turned to books for comfort and enjoyment under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, this advantage has not always been perceived by bookstores, or at least not in the same way. Degree.

Part of the aim of Irish Book Week this year is to remind Irish readers of their wonderful local bookstores and the great mutual benefits involved in supporting them. Booksellers are more than salespeople scanning books from a crate, they are usually avid readers and bibliophiles who enjoy the opportunity to connect readers to books.

If you liked Sally Rooney’s books and are wondering what to read next, your friendly local bookseller might suggest you give it a try. Hold one’s breath by Eimear Ryan or Topeka school by Ben Lerner. If your child doesn’t like reading yet but you try to encourage them, a bookseller might recommend a non-fiction book on a topic they’re interested in, or a graphic novel like the Hilda Luke Pearson series (favorites!) or classics like Asterix.

With the prospect of new book supply issues this fall and winter due to global pulp shortages, truck driver shortages and customs issues, Irish Book Week is time to step out in your doorstep. local bookstore and start shopping early, remembering that every euro you spend in an Irish bookstore (and even more if you spend on books published in Ireland) means around € 2.30 generated in the Irish economy within the meaning large. Irish bookstores are strongholds – they encourage and support Irish creativity and engage with their local communities.

As Sebastian Barry, Irish Book Week 2020 Ambassador, said: “Our bookstores are the beacons of every writers’ boat on the ocean. Without them we cannot go to sea. These are the little churches and heroic temples of our efforts.

Irish Book Week 2021 runs October 16-23 – find out more here.


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