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Whole city's to be a book club

Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 4:47pm


The One City One Book project is an initiative to get book loving Corkonians to read and discuss the same book.

Cork is to hold an event which will see the city turned into a single, city-wide book club. Individuals, groups, book clubs, and organisations are encouraged to take part in building a sense of community throughout the city, promoting literacy and encouraging everyone to engage in reading.

The One City One Book programme takes the idea of a localized book discussion club and expands it to cover the whole city.

This year’s chosen book is 'Darkest Truth', the debut novel by Catherine Kirwan, which was published in January of this year. Catherine was awarded the Frank O’Connor Mentorship Bursary by the Munster Literature Centre in 2018. Born in county Waterford, she is a solicitor based in Cork city. The fast-paced, page-turning crime novel takes the reader through the streets of Cork, from Ballyphehane to Shandon visiting many well-known cafes, restaurants and pubs along the way.

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr John Sheehan will launch One City One Book on Thursday 5 September at 6.30pm in The City Library, Grand Parade. The book will be on sale at the event and a limited number of free copies will also be available.

Catherine will read from the novel which she will also discuss with fellow legal eagle and award winning author Danielle McLaughlin.

This year One City One Book is supported by Waterstone’s. The concluding event will take place there with Deirdre O'Shaughnessy, Editor and sometimes presenter of the Cork's 96FM's Opinion Line. On the night, Deirdre will lead a discussion between the public and the author. Watch out for a fringe event at the beginning of October!

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