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October 2017 Events

Dalkey Bookclub
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Dalkey
Date: Wednesday 4th October – 6pm until 7pm
Dalkey Bookclub - 'Tin Man' by Sarah Winman is the Dalkey Bookclub book for October.
Sorry, this Reading Group is currently full.

1710KielyBAMBBooks Are My Bag 2017
Venue: Bookshops across Ireland and the UK
Date: Bookshop Day - Saturday 7th October
Join us in the Gutter Bookshop to celebrate #BookshopDay as part of 'Books Are My Bag' 2017 - a campaign to remind people of the pleasures of books and bookshops! We'll have this year's Limited Edition tote bag by Irish designer Orla Kiely as well as some very special children's totes free to the first 10 customers to spend over €30 on children's books on the day. And of course, we have the ever popular orange Books Are My Bag totes too - and for the first time this year, we'll have these popular totes 'as Gaeilge' too! So do come and help celebrate bookshops by showing that 'Books Are My Bag'. See www.booksaremybag.com for more info and why not try your own #BookshopCrawl - visiting a few Irish bookshops and posting your support on social media?

000ClassicsBookclubThe Classics Reading Group
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 12th October – 6pm until 7pm
'The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer is the Classics Reading Group book for October.
Sorry, this Reading Group is currently full.

NewDalkeyBookclubThe New Dalkey Bookclub
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Dalkey
Date: Tuesday 17th October – 6pm until 7pm
'The Gustav Sonata' by Rose Tremain is the New Dalkey Bookclub pick for October.
Sorry, this Reading Group is currently full.

1710GingerWhingerLaunch for 'Gringer the Whinger' by Jane Landy & Sheena Dempsey
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Wednesday 18th October - 6.30pm until 8pm
Join us for the launch of 'Gringer the Whinger', a new Irish picturebook by writer Jane Landy and illustrator Sheena Dempsey. "When tempers fray, Gringer the Whinger, a mischieveous and annoying dragon who would turn up and refuse to leave." Free and Everyone Welcome.

0000ThirdThursdayThe Third Thursday Bookgroup
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 19th October – 6pm until 7.15pm
'Swing Time' by Zadie Smith is the Third Thursday book choice for October.
Sorry, this Reading Group is currently full.

1710StearsIrelandLaunch for 'In My Day : Ireland Then and Now' by Rob Stears
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Wednesday 18th October - 6.30pm until 8pm
"A hilarious illustrated look at the evolution of a nation, illustrator Rob Stears looks at the habits of the Irish, and portrays the ways we've changed - from when coffee drinking was a spoon of instant and 18 was seen as a reasonable time to move out of the family home. From politics to entertainment, food and drink to trends and fashions, 'In My Day' also celebrates those things that never change - such as our devotion to the magical healing qualities of 7Up." Free and Everyone Welcome.

1710RyanJimmyLaunch for 'The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice' by Ronan Ryan
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Tuesday 24th October - 6.30pm until 8pm
We're thrilled to be welcoming Ronan Ryan to the Gutter for the launch of the paperback edition of his novel 'The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice'. Described as 'compelling and compassionate' by the Irish Times, this is a great opportunity to hear a new Irish writer talking about is debut novel.
Free and Everyone Welcome.

0000GetActiveTemple Bar Cultural Trust Get Active Book Club for the Over 55s
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 26th October – 11am until Noon
'Midwinter Break' by Bernard MacLaverty is the Get Active choice for October. This bookclub is part of the TBCT Get Active initiative for the active retired over 55s.
Sorry, this Reading Group is currently full.

1710HollinghurstSparsholtWriters at Smock Alley : Alan Hollinghurst
Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange St Lower, Dublin 2
Date: Thursday 26th October -
6pm until 7pm
Join us for an evening with Man Booker prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst as he discusses his long-awaited sixth novel, ‘The Sparsholt Affair’. Evoking the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations, ‘The Sparsholt Affair’ explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, ‘The Sparsholt Affair’ is destined to be of the most talked about books of the year. Presented as part of The Gutter Bookshop’s ‘Writers at Smock Alley’ series, this is sure to be a unique and unmissable evening with one of the UK’s finest writers. Tickets cost €7 from www.smockalley.com.

0000GutterBookclubThe Gutter Bookshop Book Club
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 26th October – 6pm until 7pm
'Lincoln in the Bardo' by George Saunders is the Gutter Bookshop Book Club pick for October.
Sorry, this Reading Group is currently full.

Forthcoming 2017 Events

1711DBF2017Dublin Book Festival 2017
Venues: The Smock Alley Theatre & Others
Dates: 2nd - 9th November 2017

The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006. The annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing and writers by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors – all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that reflects the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors. The Dublin Book Festival 2017 will take place from 2 – 5 November, with Smock Alley Theatre as the festival hub. See www.dublinbookfestival.com
for the programme and bookings.

DBF2017DBF2017 - The New Autobiography with Kevin Breathnach, Niamh Campbell and Sinéad Gleeson in conversation with Brendan Barrington.
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Dates: Friday 3rd November - 6.30pm until 7.30pm
Autobiography isn't what it used to be. Some of the world's most exciting writers, working in a wide range of forms – real-time memoir, personal essay, autofiction – are writing about the self in ways that feel genuinely new. The Dublin Review presents three writers at the beginnings of their careers – Kevin Breathnach, Niamh Campbell and Sinéad Gleeson – who will talk about their work, their influences, and the pleasures and difficulties of writing the self in contemporary Ireland.
Free and Everyone Welcome.

DBF2017DBF2017 Book Launch - 'The Unforeseen' By Dorothy Macardle
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Dates: Saturday 4th November - 6.30pm until 7.30pm
Join us for the launch of Dorothy Macardle's 'The Unforeseen', a classic Irish novel set in 1938 in which we meet Virgilia Wilde, an Irish writer, gifted – or cursed – with the power of precognition. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed haunted-house novel 'The Uninvited' is a sharply observed account of middle-class post-war Dublin, as well as a darkly prophetic forecast of things to come. With a new introduction by Luke Gibbons, 'The Unforeseen' reaffirms Macardle as Ireland’s answer to Shirley Jackson. Join independent Dublin publisher Tramp Press to celebrate the fourth in their critically acclaimed 'Recovered Voices' series.
Free and Everyone Welcome.


The events programme at the Gutter is always busy and full of an interesting mix of literary happenings. We're always interested in bringing new events into our bookshops so if you think you have something that might work, do drop us a line! And all of our book sales are logged with Nielsen Bookscan so your event sales will also show up in the weekly Irish Consumer Market book charts!

Our floor space happily holds between 30 and 150 people. We supply some seating but this is limited this to a maximum of 30 chairs, the remaining audience will be standing.  For events outside of normal shop hours we ask the organiser to confirm a minimum expected attendance of 30 people in order to cover our costs.

We provide the space and staff free of charge in exchange for selling books at the event. For book launches, we usually order stock via our standard wholesaler but we are happy for the organiser/publisher to supply books direct on the condition that all unsold event stock is removed after the event. If supplying direct, we require a discount of 45% on the RRP of the book. Any additional ongoing stock required will be ordered from a wholesaler.


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All events are open to our regular customers and we will advertise the event through our Mailing List, website, Facebook and Twitter.

We are happy to serve wine and refreshments but we do ask either the organiser or book publisher to cover the cost of this. We can source good quality wine at €9 a bottle or we are happy to serve other wine if they wish to source it themselves. We also supply water/sparkling water for non-drinkers. We don't source or serve food/canapes but we’re happy to provide table space if required.

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Most of our events run Mon-Weds (we have our regular bookclub events on a Thursday night and Fridays/Weekends can be difficult to get people to unless you are sure of an audience). Events usually run 6.30pm to 8pm but we are happy to discuss alternative days/times if these don't suit. If a number of guests are ‘out for the night’ it can often be useful to organize a bar or other venue to move onto after the event finishes.

Our Dalkey shop is quite small which makes large events difficult - but we're always willing to try! If you're interested in organising something for our Dalkey shop we're always eager to hear new ideas so do drop us a line!


Previous Events

1403ConnollyWolfWriters at Smock Alley: John Connolly with music from Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell
Venue: The Smock Alley Theatre
Date: Thursday 20th March – 6.30pm until 8pm

To celebrate the launch of the new Charlie Parker thriller, John Connolly will be joined by musicians Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell in what promises to be a unique and thrilling evening. This event is free but ticketed. Free tickets are available from the Smock Alley Theatre or The Gutter Bookshop. Online bookings are subject to a €1 admin fee.

1403DonoghueFrogDublin Writers Festival ‘Off The Page’ – Emma Donoghue at The Printworks, Dublin Castle
Venue: The Printworks, Dublin Castle
Date: Saturday 29th March – 2.30pm until 4pm

We are delighted to be supporting Dublin Writers Festival’s ‘Off The Page’ series by welcoming bestselling author of ‘Room’, Emma Donoghue back to Dublin to discuss her new novel ‘Frog Music’ the story of Blanche Beunon, a burlesque dancer living in San Francisco in the stifling summer of 1876. Tickets available from www.dublinwritersfestival.com

1404ShreveDublin Writers Festival 'Off The Page' presents Anita Shreve
Venue: The Smock Alley Theatre
Date: Wednesday 2nd April
- 7.30pm
We are delighted to be supporting Dublin Writers Festival’s ‘Off The Page’ series by welcoming bestselling author Anita Shreve to the Smock Alley Theatre.
In this special DWF 2014 preview, Shreve makes a rare appearance in Ireland to talk about her life, her work, and her latest novel, ' The Lives of Stella Bain'. Tickets available from www.dublinwritersfestival.com

1404NualaClosetBook Launch for ‘The Closet of Savage Mementos' by Nuala Ní Chonchúir
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop
Date: Tuesday 15th April - 6.30pm until 8pm
Lillis leaves behind 1990s Dublin for a summer job working at a lodge in a small lochside village in the Scottish Highlands. The Closet of Savage Mementos is drawn directly from the author's own experiences and explores heartbreak, loss, motherhood and adoption in a gripping narrative and the same expressive, emotive and exciting prose we have come to expect of Nuala Ní Chonchúir.
Free and All Welcome.

1405GruffaloDublin Book Festival 2014 Gruffalo Party
Venues: The Gutter Bookshop
Date: Sat 17th May - 11am until Noon

Join us in the Gutter Bookshop for a special celebration to mark the Gruffalo’s 15th Birthday! There will be stories and activities and all kinds of fun in this family event.
Free and suitable for children 1-5yrs who must be accompanied by an adult.

1405CBIConfChildren’s Books Ireland Conference ‘The F Word: Failure’
Venue: Lighthouse Cinema
Dates: Sat 24th May and Sun 25th May

We are thrilled to be part of the Children’s Books Ireland Conference again this year and with a stack of great author events and talks it’s bound to be a fab weekend. See www.childrensbooksireland.ie for booking information. Our pop-up Gutter Bookshop will be open to all throughout the weekend with signed books by attending authors.

1503ShadowsBook Launch for 'A Song Of Shadows' by John Connolly
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Tuesday 31st March - 6.30pm until 8pm
We are thrilled to welcome bestselling crime writer John Connolly back to the Gutter Bookshop on Cow's Lane for the launch of his new Charlie Parker thriller 'A Song of Shadows'. Free and Everyone Welcome - no need to book, just come along on the night! If you can't make it to the launch, you can reserve a Signed First Edition of 'A Song of Shadows' *here*.

1508EmilyOConnorLaunch for 'Miss Emily' by Nuala O'Connor (Nuala Ní Chonchúir)
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Friday 28th August - 6.30pm until 8pm
We are delighted to welcome Nuala Ní Chonchúir back to the Gutter Bookshop for the launch of her new novel 'Miss Emily'. "The Dickinson household is saved from domestic chaos with the arrival of Ada Concannon, fresh off the boat from Ireland. Amherst in the 1800s is a pastoral environment for the homesick young maid who finds in the gifted middle child, Emily, a fellow feeling; they were born on the same day, they share a sense of mischief and a love of baking. But the friendship that forms between the two women is tested when Ada's personal safety and reputation are violated and Emily finds herself tasked with defending her maid against her own family." Free and Everyone Welcome.

1509PhillipsGameChangerLaunch for 'The Game Changer' Louise Phillips
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Tuesday 8th September - 6.30pm until 8pm
What if you went missing but couldn't remember anything? Kate Pearson has no memory of her abduction when she was 12. Then, more than two decades later she receives an anonymous note: "I remember you, Kate". We are delighted to be launching 'The Game Changer', Louise Phillips new novel featuring psychologist Dr Kate Pearson. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1509MurrayLearningLaunch for 'The Book of Learning' by E.R. Murray
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Tuesday 15th September - 6.30pm until 8pm
Join us for the launch of the debut children's book by author, and good friend of the Gutter, E.R.Murray. Sometimes, it takes more than one lifetime to put things right. After the death of her beloved grandpa, Ebony Smart’s world is turned upside down. Sent to Dublin to live with an aunt she didn’t know existed, she soon discovers that her new home, 23 Mercury Lane, is full of secrets... Free and Everyone Welcome.

1510JonathanFranzenILFDublin 'Off The Page' - Jonathan Franzen
Venue: RDS, Ballsbridge
Date: Monday 5th October – 8pm
We are delighted to be selling books at award-winning American novelist Jonathan Franzen's official Dublin event to celebrate publication of his new novel 'Purity' as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin's 'Off The Page' series. Tickets for this event are available from www.ilfdublin.com

1510FitzsimonsWildeBook Launch - 'Wilde's Women' by Eleanor Fitzsimons
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Tuesday 20th October – 6.30pm until 8pm
Join us for the launch of this new book by Eleanor Fitzsimons on the women that shaped the life of Oscar Wilde. Full of fascinating detail and anecdotes 'Wilde's Women' relates the untold story of how the writer played a vitally sympathetic role on behalf of many women and how they supported him in the midst of a Victorian society in the process of changing forever.
Free and Everyone Welcome.

1510JeffersColferBook Signing - Oliver Jeffers and Eoin Colfer 'Imaginary Fred'
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Sunday 25th October – Noon
Join us in the Gutter for a very special book signing by two of Ireland's leading authors - 'Imaginary Fred' is an extraordinary collaboration between Irish Children's Laureate, Eoin Colfer, and picture book superstar, Oliver Jeffers. "Fred floated like a feather in the wind until a lonely little boy wished for him and found a friendship like no other..." This is a wonderful opportunity to get this beautiful book signed by both of its authors. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1604OwensWorkingIrish Launch for ‘Not Working' by Lisa Owens
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Wednesday 27th April – 6.30pm until 8pm

We are delighted to be hosting the Irish launch of 'Not Working' - sharp, tender and funny, Lisa Owen's brilliantly observed debut is the story of a life unravelling and a novel that asks the questions we've never dared to say out loud.
Free and All Welcome.

1606McKeonMcCormackGutter Readings : Belinda McKeon 'Tender' and Mike McCormack 'Solar Bones'
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Monday 16th May 6.30pm-7.15pm
We are delighted to welcome bestselling Irish authors Belinda McKeon and Mike McCormack to the Gutter for readings from their latest novels 'Tender' and 'Solar Bones' as well as a short discussion on their writing. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1505ILFDInternational Literature Festival Dublin 2016
Venues: Smock Alley Theatre, The Ark & Others
Dates: Saturday 21st until Sunday 29th May

We are thrilled to be official booksellers for the International Literature Festival Dublin (previously Dublin Writers Festival) again this year. There's a packed programme of events including family, fiction, non-fiction and fringe events that offer something interesting for everyone. Why not pick-up a pre-festival read from the Cow's Lane bookshop and join us at the venues across Dublin City Centre for an event? All bookings available at www.ilfdublin.com

1605GlynnParadimeLaunch of 'Paradime' by Alan Glynn
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Wednesday 8th June 6.30pm-8pm
From the prize winning author of 'Limitless', Alan Glynn's new novel 'Paradime' is a novel for fans of the great '70s conspiracy thrillers, rebooted for today's ever-globalising world. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1606tempestBricksWriters at Smock Alley : Kate Tempest
Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange St Lower, Dublin 2
Date: Friday 10th June -
6pm until 7pm
*SOLD OUT* *SOLD OUT* *SOLD OUT* *SOLD OUT* *SOLD OUT* One of the biggest names in spoken word, Kate Tempest’s powerful storytelling and unique delivery has seen her cross over between the worlds of poetry and hip-hop, embraced by both the literary and music camps. In her first novel ‘The Bricks that Built the Houses’ she takes characters from her Mercury-nominated first album Everybody Down and gives us irresistible stories of hidden lives in a multi-generational tale. Presented as part of The Gutter Bookshop’s ‘Writers at Smock Alley’ series, this is sure to be a unique and unmissable evening with a bright new literary talent. Tickets cost €7 and will be available from 3rd May 2016 at www.smockalley.com.

1606IBW2016Independent Bookshops Week
Venue: Independent Bookshops across Ireland
Dates: Saturday 18th June until Saturday 25th June

Independent Bookshop Week is part of the 'Books Are My Bag' campaign, and seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland. IBW2016 is a week of events, activity and PR promoting the message that 'the best place to buy a book is a bookshop'. Keep an eye out here for more information on readings and special offers as part of IBW2016!

1608GreenwellBelongsGutter Readings 'What Belongs to You' by Garth Greenwell
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Tuesday 30th August - 6.30pm-7.15pm
We are delighted to welcome critically-acclaimed American author Garth Greenwell to the Gutter to read from, and talk about, 'What Belongs to You' - a stunning lyrical and intense debut novel about an American expat struggling with his own complicated inheritance while navigating a foreign culture. Free and Everyone Welcome

1409CultureNightCulture Night 2016
Venues: Across Dublin
Date: Friday 16th September - 5pm until Late
Join us in the Gutter Bookshop for the most exciting evening of the year!
We always try to do something a little bit different for Culture Night each year so join us for...

1609DahlStorytimeCulture Night 5pm until 5.45pm - Roald Dahl Storytime! Did you know that 13th September is officially Roald Dahl Day and that 13th September 2016 would have been his 100th birthday? Join us for a special Culture Night storytime in our children's department where we'll be reading some of favourite Roald Dahl stories! Suitable for children aged 5-11 and everyone welcome!

Full details of all Culture Night events can be found at www.culturenight.ie

1609CBIConf'Better Together' - The CBI Conference 2016
Venue: Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
We are thrilled to be part of the Children’s Books Ireland Conference again this year and, as usual, there's a stack of great authors lined-up! See www.childrensbooksireland.ie for booking information. Our pop-up Gutter Bookshop will be open to all throughout the weekend with signed books by attending authors.

1609BurkeTroubleLaunch - 'Trouble is Our Business' edited by Declan Burke
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Wednesday 21st September - 6.30pm until 8pm
Selected and edited by award-winning crime writer Declan Burke, 'Trouble Is Our Business' showcases the absolute best in Irish crime writing today. With many contributors there on the night, this launch is going to be a great evening for all Irish crime fiction fans!
Free and Everyone Welcome.

1609ODohertyDangerLaunch - 'Danger Really is Everywhere - School of Danger' by David O'Doherty & Chris Judge
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 29th August - 6pm until 7.30pm
A very dangerous evening awaits you! We are thrilled (but not dangerously thrilled) to be launching the third Docter Noel Zone Danger guide by David O'Doherty and Chris Judge. Do join us for this (extremely safe) book launch!
Free and Everyone Welcome.

1610HWCHHWCH & The City 2016
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 6th October at 3.30pm
- New Pope
Date: Friday 7th October at Noon
- Brian Casey
HWCH & The City is a free all ages music trail across Dublin city over the three days of HWCH 2016. Taking you on a journey through cafes and bookshops, tattoo parlours and charity shops, record stores and old factories, & The City brings live music into urban spaces with a series of fantastic unplugged shows in intimate surroundings. Featuring various artists from this year’s festival lineup, these short pop up shows also serve as a taster of the main event.
Free and Everyone Welcome. See hwch.net for full listings.

1510BAMBBooks Are My Bag 2016
Venue: Bookshops across Ireland and the UK
Date: Saturday 8th October
Join us in the Gutter Bookshop to celebrate #BookshopDay as part of 'Books Are My Bag' 2016 - a campaign to remind people of the pleasures of books and bookshops! We'll have this year's Irish Limited Edition tote bag by 'Irelandopedia' artist Fatti Burke as well as some very special children's totes free to the first 10 customers to spend over €30 on children's books on the day. And of course, we have the ever popular orange Books Are My Bag totes too. So do come and help celebrate bookshops by showing that 'Books Are My Bag'! See www.booksaremybag.com for more info.

1610BusherMagnificentLaunch 'The Ghosts of Magnificent Children' by Caroline Busher
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Tuesday 11th October - 6.30pm until 8pm
Join us for the launch of this exciting debut children's novel by Caroline Busher. "The year is 1848. It is a time when magic and ghosts exist. Four Magnificent Children are captured by Badblood’s Circus. They become stars of the circus but are unaware that Badblood has a dark and secret plan..."
Free and Everyone Welcome.

1610ODeaNakedLaunch 'The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths' by Clare O'Dea
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Tuesday 18th October - 6.30pm until 8pm

"Did the Swiss really help the Nazis? Are Swiss women stuck in the past? Are the Swiss xenophobic? Is there even such as thing as a real Swiss person? How did these people get so rich? And what’s going on with the banks?" Join us for the launch of this intriguing new book by Clare O'Dea.
Free and Everyone Welcome.

1411IrishBookAwardsThe Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016
Venue: The Double Tree by Hilton
Date: Wednesday 16th November
The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are now in their 11th year and you can vote for your pick of the best Irish writing of the past year at www.irishbookawards.ie and there's €100 of National Book Tokens to be won! The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday 16th November and the awards will be televised on RTÉ One the following week.

1612EastWestEast West Street: A Personal Take on the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity with Professor Phillippe Sands of University College London
Venue: Burke Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College
Date: Wednesday 30th November
We are delighted to be booksellers at this free
Holocaust Education Trust Ireland lecture. When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would take him halfway around the world in pursuit of his own secret family history, beginning and ending with the last day of the Nuremberg trial. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1412SmallBusinessSaturdaySmall Business Saturday
Venue: Across Ireland
Date: Saturday 3rd December

Small Business Saturday started in the US as a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign to highlight small business success and encourage consumers to ‘shop local’ and support the small businesses in their communities. Retail Excellence Ireland have organised this year's Small Business Saturday for Ireland and we hope that you'll visit all the small independent Irish businesses around Cow's Lane and Dalkey and offer them your support! More info at www.retailexcellence.ie


1412BookclubDrinksBookclub Christmas Drinks
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 8th December - 6pm until 8pm

Calling all bookclub members old and new! Pop down to the Cow's Lane shop to wish your fellow bookclubbers a Merry Christmas and catch-up with a few faces you haven't seen for a while! It's always a fun evening.

1412MulledWineCow's Lane Christmas Drinks - Wine and Mince Pies
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 8th December - 6pm
until 8pm
You don't have to be a bookclubber to join us! We'll have wine and mince pies for all our regular customers too and we'd delighted if you'd join us in the Cow's Lane shop to spread a bit of festive cheer and mark our 7th year in Temple Bar! Free and Everyone Welcome.

1412MulledWineDalkey Christmas Drinks - Wine and Mince Pies
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Dalkey
Date: Wednesday 14th December - 5pm
until 6.30pm
Join us in our Dalkey shop for a bit of festive cheer with a complimentary glass of wine and a mince pie to get the Christmas season underway and to celebrate our third anniversary as Dalkey's new bookshop!
Free and Everyone Welcome.

XmasBooksChristmas in the Gutter - Late Night Shopping
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thurs 8th/15th/22nd December - 6pm until 8pm
We'll be open later hours during December as we know you're all a bit busy! Check back on the website for updated opening hours for both shops or give us a call. Cow's Lane will be open until 8pm on Thursdays in December but both shops will be open a little later throughout the week in the weeks before Christmas.

1612DrewCrayonsThe Day the Crayons did Storytime with Drew Daywalt!
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: New Year's Eve - 11am until 11.45am
We are delighted to welcome the bestselling writer of 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and 'The Day the Crayons Came Home', Drew Daywalt to the Gutter Bookshop for a very special New Year's Eve Family Storytime during his very first visit to Ireland! So, do please join us for some family fun on New Year's Eve and get your favourite crayon books signed by Drew as well. Free and Everyone Welcome, ideal for children aged 3-6 and no booking is required.

1701CNYFDublin Chinese New Year Spring Festival Fair
Venue: CHQ Building, Custom House Quay
Date: Sunday 5th February Noon until 5pm
We'll have a stall of Chinese themed books at the DCNY Spring Festival Fair again this year! Try your hand at Chinese chess and calligraphy, marvel at martial arts displays and musical performances, or sample some of the delicious Chinese food and drink. Adding to the carnival atmosphere will be colourful dragon and lion dancers. See www.dublinchinesenewyear.com for full details of all the Chinese New Year celebrations and more information.

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Official Booksellers at GLDA Annual Seminar
Venue: Crown Plaza Conference Centre, Santry
Dates: Sat 11th February - 9am until 5.30pm

We are delighted to be part of the annual Garden and Landscape Designers Association's seminar taking place in the Crown Plaza Conference Centre in Santry. See
www.glda.ie for more information. Our pop-up Gutter Bookshop will be open to all throughout the day with a range of specialist garden and landscape design titles.

1702BaumeLineBookstall at Launch - 'A Line Made by Walking' by Sara Baume Venue: The Workman's Club, Wellington Quay
Date: Thursday 16th February - 6.30pm
We are delighted to be official booksellers at the launch of Tramp Press's new title 'A Line Made by Walking' by the award-winning author of 'Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither' Sara Baume.
Free and Everyone Welcome.

1703BeaufoyGingerbreadBook Launch - 'The Gingerbread House' by Kate Beaufoy
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 2nd March - 6.30pm until 8pm
We are delighted to be launching ‘The Gingerbread House’, the new novel from Irish writer Kate Beaufoy. Free and All Welcome. ‘The Gingerbread House is a deeply moving novel: a compassionate and occasionally wickedly funny tale of a family's agonising struggle with dementia. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1703WBD2017World Book Day 2017
Venue: Bookshops & Libraries across Ireland
Date: Thursday 2nd March – All Day!

It’s the 20th annual World Book Day! We’ll be running around town doing all kinds of promotional events (Bob is head of the World Book Day committee in Ireland) but do pop in and pick up your free €1.50 World Book Day book!

1703BAConfIrish Book Industry Conference 2017
Venue: The Maldron Hotel, Dublin Airport
Date: Friday 3rd March - 9am-5pm
The BA Irish Branch, and Publishing Ireland, will be hosting the annual Irish Book Industry Conference in Dublin on the 3rd March 2017. All booksellers, publishers, and those with an interest in the Irish Book Trade are welcome to attend.
See www.booksellerevents.org.uk for more info.

1704SurvivingBook Launch - 'Surviving Anne' by Gustavo Dessal
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Friday 7th April
- 6.30pm until 8pm
'Was I born with something broken, or did it break later?'This novel is an intimate exploration of the severe psychological difficulties suffered by a woman whose parents survived a Nazi concentration camp. In it, Anne meets Dr Palmer, with whom she begins a psychotherapeutic journey that will lead her to a surprising resolution. Join us for the Irish launch of 'Surviving Anne'. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1704MusicTownMusic Town - Live Music In-store
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April - Times tbc

Experience Dublin as a thriving live music city when First Music Contact Music Trails take over. The cream of our young, bright musical talent will light up the stage at numerous venues across the city including museums, coffee shops, bookshops and many more unique venues. As well as treating you to a proper day out on the town, the First Music Contact Music Trails is an initiative to support young musicians in their careers. Free and Everyone Welcome. See firstmusiccontact.com for full listings.

1704NesboILFDublin - Jo Nesbo
Venue: RDS, Dublin 4
Date: Friday 21st April at 7.30pm

We are delighted to be involved with the first of this year's International Literature Festival Dublin events. ILFDublin 2017 kicks off in style with a huge name in Scandinavian crime fiction, Jo Nesbo, who will be talking about, and signing copies of, his eleventh Harry Hole thriller 'The Thirst' at the RDS in Dublin 4. For tickets and further information see www.ilfdublin.com.

1704ArjaTrampBookstall at Launch - ' The Iron Age' by Arja Kajermo
Venue: The Workman's Club, Wellington Quay
Date: Thursday 27th April - 6.30pm
We are delighted to be official booksellers at the launch of Irish independent publisher Tramp Press's new book 'The Iron Age' by Arja Kajermo.
Free and Everyone Welcome.

 

1705RussellCityBook Launch - 'The City of Lies' by Michael Russell
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Thursday 4th May
- 6.30pm until 8pm
We are delighted to be launching the fourth novel in Michael Russell's Stefan Gillespie crime series, "Dublin 1940. An IRA attempt to capture the British diplomatic bag on its way from Ireland to England leaves two Guards dead on the streets of Dublin. On Ireland's east coast the cremated bodies of a wealthy family of five are found in their shuttered, burned-out villa. But how are the crimes related and who wants to cover-up the evidence?" Free and Everyone Welcome.

1705BookAwardsThe British Book Awards 2017
Venue: Grosvenor House, Park Lane

Date: Monday 8th May
We are delighted to have been awarded 'Independent Bookshop of the Year - Ireland' for the British Book Awards 2017. On Monday 8th May we go to London for an awards dinner to meet the 7 finalists from the UK and see who will be named overall 'Independent Bookshop of the Year - UK & Ireland' for 2017! Thank you everyone who has supported us so far and keep your fingers-crossed that we can bring the win home for Ireland! See www.thebookseller.com for more information

1705ILFDInternational Literature Festival Dublin 2017
Venues: Smock Alley Theatre & Others
Dates: Saturday 20th until Sunday 28th May

We are thrilled to be official booksellers for the International Literature Festival Dublin (previously Dublin Writers Festival) again this year. Why not pick-up a pre-festival read from the Cow's Lane bookshop and join us at the venues across Dublin City Centre for an event? Information available at www.ilfdublin.com

1706OConnorJoyrideBook Launch - 'Joyride to Jupiter' by Nuala O'Connor
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Wednesday 14th June
- 6.30pm until 8pm
Join us for the launch of this stunning new short story collection by one of Ireland's finest writers, Nuala Ní Chonchúir / Nuala O'Connor. In these urgent, humane stories of ill-advised couplings, loneliness and burgeoning hope, we find O’Connor’s trademark humour and sensuality, and the quest for longed-for truths. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1706DalkeyBookFestDalkey Book Festival 2017
Venues: Across Dalkey
Dates: Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th June

We are delighted to be official booksellers for the Dalkey Book Festival again this year. It's always a great weekend, packed with fantastic writers, so pick-up a pre-festival read from our Dalkey bookshop and join us at the venues across Dalkey for an event! Information and tickets are available at www.dalkeybookfest.org

1707HoeyLastBook Launch - 'The Last Lost Girl' by Maria Hoey
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Tuesday 11th July
- 6.30pm until 8pm
We are delighted to be launching the debut novel from Maria Hoey. Previously shortlisted for the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award, 'The Last Lost Girl' will be published by Irish publisher Poolbeg. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1707CrossingThresholdBook Launch - 'Crossing The Threshold' Ed. by Gráinne Healy
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Friday 21st July
- 6.30pm until 8pm
Join us for the official launch of 'Crossing the Threshold: The Story of the Marriage Equality Movement' published by Merrion Press. Featuring contributions from the lead campaigners, it gives their personal perspectives on the move towards marriage equality in Ireland over the past decade and examines the strategies they adopted that helped change Irish hearts and minds to say 'Yes' to marriage equality in the 2015 Referendum. Free and Everyone Welcome.

1707TolhurstCuredBook Stall - 'Cured' by Lol Tolhurst
Venue: Whelan's, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Date: Tuesday 25th July 8pm

We are excited (Bob's a big Cure head!) to be providing books at this talk by The Cure drummer, keyboardist, songwriter and founding member Lol Tolhurst at Whelan's. 'Cured' is Tolhurst's memoir of how The Cure became one of the most influential, successful and critically acclaimed bands of its generation. The talk will be followed by a signing and DJ set. For tickets and information see www.whelanslive.com

1709ForsterGoBetweensRobert Forster - Grant & I : Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Date: Friday 8th September - 6.30pm until 7.30pm

Grant & I is the story of the friendship and collaboration of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, who gave Australia The Go-Betweens, one of their best and most influential bands. Join us in the Gutter as Robert Forster talks about his memoir of The Go-Betweens and also treats us to a few of their best songs. This Event is Free - Just Come Along on the Night.

1709FringeDublin Fringe Festival - 'End Of.' by Sugar Coat Theatre
Venue: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane
Dates: Friday 16th September until Sunday 24th September

We are delighted to be involved with Dublin Fringe Festival this year and to be hosting our very first play in the bookshop! As two booksellers go about their daily tasks, strange things begin to occur around them - a normal work day in the bookshop is set to be turned upside-down as they reach the 'End Of...'
Join us in the Gutter for this exciting and enthralling new play by Sugar Coat Theatre. Tickets and information from www.fringefest.com

1409CultureNightCulture Night 5pm until 5.45pm - Kids Storytime!
Get your Culture Night off to a great start in our children's book department where we'll be reading some of our favourite stories aloud. This is a family event and suitable for children aged 4-10 and everyone is welcome!

1409CultureNightCulture Night 7.30pm-8pm - The Gospel According to Blindboy Boatclub from the Rubberbandits
In his first foray into fiction the funny man with the plastic bag on his head reveals an astounding literary talent. The Gospel According to Blindboy is a surreal and genre-defying collection of short stories and visual art exploring the myths, complacencies and contradictions at the heart of modern Ireland. Covering everything from love and death to sex and politics, it's pitched halfway between the Angelus and Oculus Rift, globalisation and gombeenism. Join us as Blindboy reads from, and talks about his new book. Not suitable for children, but everyone is welcome!

1709CBIConference'Movement and Migration' - The CBI Conference 2017
Venue: Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Date: Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September
We are thrilled to be part of the Children’s Books Ireland Conference again this year and, as usual, there's a stack of great authors lined-up! See www.childrensbooksireland.ie for booking information. Our pop-up Gutter Bookshop will be open to all throughout the weekend with signed books by attending authors.

1709HistoryFestDublin Festival of History 2017
Venue: The Printworks, Dublin Castle
Date: Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October
We are delighted to once again be the official booksellers at this year's Dublin Festival of History. Our bookstall for the Printworks events in Dublin Castle will be open throughout the weekend with signed copies of books by the appearing authors. Full details and bookings can be found at
www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie