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Books Ireland Trade News—a monthly catch up on what’s happening in the industry

This month’s Trade News is supported by Westchester Education UK & International

Eriu acquires We Need to Talk, a memoir by Dr Tony Holohan

Eriu, the Dublin-based imprint of Bonnier Books UK, has acquired We Need to Talk, a memoir from former Irish Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan.

Publishing Director Deirdre Nolan acquired world all language rights from Marianne Gunn O’Connor.

Deirdre Nolan, Publishing Director at Eriu

Dr Tony Holohan served as Chief Medical Officer in Ireland for 14 years, but only really became known to the public during the Covid 19 pandemic. During this time he became the public face of the pandemic, helping to steer the nation through the biggest public health crisis in Ireland’s modern history.
He was also enduring challenges at home: Emer, his beloved wife of 25 years had cancer, and died in February 2021.

Holohan said that the responsibility of leading Ireland’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic coincided with the most challenging time of his personal life.  

“Writing this book has given me the time to reflect on this and the many difficult, sometimes painful, personal and professional conversations that I had to have.”

We Need to Talk will be published in the UK and Ireland on 21 September 2023

Pan Macmillan publishing mentorship programme is open for applications

Are you a bookseller who would like to know more about the publishing industry? Pan Macmillan Publishing Mentorship Programme is now open for applications. 

The opportunity is open to booksellers in Ireland and the UK with applicants from all backgrounds and communities being encouraged to apply, with a deadline of April 11, 2023.

This mentorship will cover all departments: editorial, art, finance, marketing/publicity, production and sales.

The application form along with more information can be found here.

New Island Books wins Small Press of the Year for the island of Ireland

A fitting accolade for a publisher celebrating its thirty year birthday, New Island took away the top prize for Small Press of the Year on the island of Ireland at The British Books Awards.

The independent publisher has gone from strength to strength, recording a staggering 94% year-on-year increase in sales value as measured by Nielsen.

Recent books include Instant Fires by Andrew Meehan, and Perpetual Comedown, by Declan Toohey.

Little Island is first Irish publisher to make Carnegie Medal shortlist

Louise Finch talks all things bookish for our Burning Books Q and A, the companion series to our popular podcast.

The Eternal Return of Clara Hart by Louise Finch (Little Island) has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, making Little Island Books the first Irish publisher to be shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

The Eternal Return of Clara Hart, the debut by Louise Finch, made the seven-strong shortlist, which is the most prestigious children’s book prize in the English-speaking world.

The winner will be announced in June 2023.

Selling Rights, and Book Fairs 101—virtual event with Ivan O’Brien

The London Book Fair (18-20 April) and The Frankfurt Book Fair are exceptional opportunities to form great publishing relationships internationally, and an enjoyable way to bring Irish books onto the world stage. 

With dozens of book fairs under his belt, Ivan O’Brien, Managing Director of O’Brien Press, gives some valuable insight and the inside track on what to expect, and how to prepare in a two-hour online course organised by Publishing Ireland, on Wednesday April 05, 10.00am – 12:00pm.

Tickets are available here.

The Coroner’s Daughter, by Andrew Hughes is this year’s One Dublin One Book

One Dublin One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. This year’s book is The Coroner’s Daughter, by Andrew Hughes (Transworld).

Books selected in previous years include Nora, by Nuala O’Connor, Leonard and Hungry Paul, by Rónán Hession, and Tatty, by Christine Dwyer Hickey.