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I cannot live without books

Image of Thomas Jefferson, via the monticello site.The title of this post is a famous quotation from Thomas Jefferson (left); and it’s apt for the coming week (here‘s an equivalent week earlier in the life of this blog).

The week of 2 March to 8 March is Library Ireland Week (though Cork libraries are also running a year-long focus on reading: the Year of the Constant Reader). Then, next Thursday, 5 March, is World Book Day, with lots of events in Ireland for the day. And for the weekend, from Friday 7 March until Sunday 9 March, book-lovers have a choice between the Dublin Book Festival – with strong participation from Children’s Books Ireland – and the Ennis Book Club Festival.

Chomh maith, beidh Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl idir an 2ú Márta agus an 17ú Márta; agus cé go mbeidh se ar siúl ar feadh níos mó ná coicís, beidh a lán le deánamh!

2 Responses to “I cannot live without books”

  1. Eoin says:

    An Spailpín Fánach has a beautiful post:

    World Book Day and Dublin’s Second Hand Bookstores

    Leonard Cohen hailed Dublin as “a city of writers and poets” during his series of concerts at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, last summer. How sad, then, to reflect on how Dublin’s second hand bookstores are now winking slowly out of existence, like stars in some doomed galaxy on the edge of the Milky Way. … the fact of the books being second-hand is what generates the magic in a second hand bookstore.

    … it is rather sad that Dublin, a city haled as a city of poets and writer by one of the greatest poets and writers of our age on a blessed Friday the thirteenth last year in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, is losing these second hand bookstores, these lodestars of the literary life. … Something to ponder today, World Book Day.

  2. […] have commented on this blog in the past how much I love libraries (eg here | here | here | here). I walk to my local library regularly to borrow books. Quite often, I will borrow […]

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