The annual Ennis Book Club Festival will back from 02-04 March 2018

Ennis Book Club Festival Newsletter

We are getting nearer to our first ever Ennis Book Club Festival EXTRA event on Friday 29 September @ 8.00 pm in glór, Ennis. Tickets are still available at the glór Box office so hope to see many of you there.
We also have lots of exciting plans in the pipeline for March 2018, which we’ll unveil shortly.  To be the first in the know, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and register for our monthly newsletter on:  
This September issue contains: Look forward to seeing you in Ennis on 29th of September and in 2018!  #EBCF2018

Ennis Book Club Festival Extra Event

Join us on Friday 29th of September in glór in what promises to be a very special literary event to celebrate the publication of the captivating new novel, Smile, from Roddy Doyle.
Roddy, who has previously won the Man Booker prize, is back with a new novel containing his hallmark razor-sharp dialogue, humour and a superb evocation of childhood. But this is a novel unlike anything he has written before! When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.
A great book-club choice!

August Competition Winner

Congratulations to Heidi Veldheer who is the winner of our August competition of a meal for 2 in the Temple Gate Hotel.

Ennis Book Club Festival Discussion Forum

Check out our new discussion forum on the Ennis Book Club Facebook page where you can interact with fellow book lovers, book clubbers and readers - ask questions, seek suggestions, share your thoughts and more. If you love books and reading this is your space, whether you have attended Ennis Book Club Festival before or have yet to join us for our annual get together.

Man Booker Shortlist 2017

So the Man Booker shortlist is out and it was a surprise for many.  I was really surprised that Sebastian Barry was not included especially after winning the Costa for Days without end. I also thought Zadie Smith’s Swing Time would be included. But Baroness Young chairperson of the prize has said, ‘what we looked for in our shortlist are books which after reading made a difference to you emotionally or intellectually.  Books which made a mark.’ The shortlist certainly makes for good book club choices so!

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)

The bookies are favouring Lincoln in the Bardo and we don’t have long to wait to find out as  the winner will be announced on 17th of October.

Joining or setting up a book club

Rosita Boland’s recent article ‘Nobody wants me in their book club. What's wrong with me?’ highlighted common problems for many who want to join rather than setting up a book club.

I know many book clubs are private in that they were setup by a group of friends or acquaintances so it can be very challenging for a new person to join. They also have on average a maximum number of eight or ten members as any more would make discussing the book harder.
Book clubs in libraries are publically organised in that they are a group who do not know each other previously. But again they have limited capacity and so often have long waiting lists of people wishing to join. Perhaps the solution is to set up your own book club – what do you think?
Let us know your thoughts on joining or setting up a book club on the Discussion Forum on the Ennis Book Club Festival facebook page.

Ennis Book Club Festival Recommends

This month Ennis Book Club Festival is delighted to recommend Nadeem Aslam’s The Golden Legend

This beautifully written book tells the story of religious intolerance in modern day Pakistan. Pakistan is deeply divided along religious lines of Muslin and Christian, but is also divided from its nearby neighbour of India. Suspicion and extreme brutality are constant features of life here. Yet, Aslam writes exquisite, deeply moving stories of love and loyalty despite the visceral violence present in all segments of society. The Golden Legend is Pakistan born, but London based Aslam’s fifth novel and opens with the arresting image of the moving of books from one library to another. As Eileen Battersby writes, ‘It is a marvellous image, characteristic of the visual allure that Aslam consistently brings to his art.’

Ennis Book Club Festival Sponsorship

Ennis Book Club Festival has great support from a wide range of sponsors. This sponsorship helps to provide a wide range of events at reasonable rates, so if you or the company you work would like to help make the Ennis Book Club Festival even bigger and better then contact us by email at

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