Cork World Book Fest
An annual celebration of international books, reading and writing that takes place each year in late April. This year's festival featured Kit De Waal, Salley Vickers, John Boyne, Dr. Anatoly Kudrayavitsky, Zhu Wenying, and more. Please visit the website for full information at https://www.corkworldbookfest.com/
One City, One Book
One City, One Book brings the city together as a community through reading and discussion of a common book. As well as building a sense of community the project aims to promote individual and social wellbeing through literature, local and international culture, discussion and creative writing.
The book chosen for the 2017 project (The things we lose, the things we leave behind by Billy O’Callaghan) was the most borrowed adult book in Cork City Libraries during that year. Chinese-American author and Princeton professor Yiyun Li was the featured writer in 2018 for her collection of short stories Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. The book presents insights into Chinese culture, politics, folklore and suspense, ‘it reveals worlds strange and familiar, and cultures both traditional and modern, to create a mesmerizing and vibrant landscape of life.’
The featured writer for 2019 will be announced in June.
The project is supported by Cork City Council’s Creative Ireland Team.
“The city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.”
-Mary McGrory, The Washington Post
Children's Book Festival
Our Children’s Book Festival is a month long celebration and promotion of children’s books and stories. It takes place across all our libraries during the month of October. Events include author visits, workshops, performances, crafts - all free of charge. Check back in October for details of this year's exciting festival.
Children's Summer Programme
Annual programme of events including our very popular summer reading challenge. Check back in July for details.