“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

—  Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Friday, October 6th 2017


Ah we were so disappointed when Solar Bones didn't make the short list for the Man Booker Prize 2017 - how is that even possible??? Local Literary Hero Mike McCormack's Solar Bones is still our No. 1 Best Seller at the book shop and continues to achieve international acclaim - now making Wild Atlantic Waves Stateside.​
However, great news for another Mayo native.  Congratulations to Elizabeth Reapy on receiving The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2017 at Trinity College Dublin.  Red Dirt was our May Book of the Month and this prize is well-deserved recognition for a great debut novel.  We're so impressed with this young local writing talent.
Both amazing authors shared the stage at the Books@One Festival last August - shown here graciously signing books for very long queues of fans.


Well done and a big THANK YOU to the members of Louisburgh Tidy Towns Committee and the wonderful, hard workers from TUS and the RSS who've kept Louisburgh Tidy Towns going in the past year.   
Louisburgh may have been marked down in some areas but a great number of positives for our beautiful town were highlighted .  The appearance of many of the towns' buildings received top comments and, we're particularly proud that Books@One got a lovely mention - 

  "...excellent work since last entry on the unoccupied and derelict buildings...One such redevelopment is Books@One. This is indeed a fabulous renovation and one of the most interesting innovations seen.  The adjudicator was warmly welcomed and it was great to see this community space being so well used.  You indeed should be very proud of this facility, well done to everyone involved.  The "Wee Bookshop"  (pictured) at Scott's Island too was admired and is suitably stocked from Books@One."

The full adjudication report can be viewed on tidytowns.ie.  Louisburgh Tidy Towns need support and if you'd like to become involved in any way (even just to take part in a monthly litter pick - huge "feel good" factor guaranteed) contact them on tidytownslouisburgh1@gmail.com or call Kate on 087 236 4593. Let's keep Louisburgh Lovely.


Books@One Saturday 4th November from 1 to 4 p.m.

Book Love goes hand-in-paw with Pup Love and this Friday is the first ever Dogs Trust Pupcake Day. So  here at Books@One we're dusting off our aprons to help them out by holding a bake sale at Books@One! Please NOTE THE DATE and we hope you'll join us to bake a difference to the lives of stray and abandoned dogs all over Ireland.  

More details from shop.


Books@One Tuesday 31st October from 4 to 6 p.m.

Last Halloween, Shelley provided great Halloween Scares (see clip) and in celebration of 20 years of Harry Potter Magic, this year's Halloween Party has a distinct air of Hocus Pocus with Shelley's popular Harry Potter Storytime. 

So will it be a TRICK or a TREAT at Books@One?  There'll be a prize for best Fancy Dress Costume. Why not come along as your favourite Harry Potter Character?

Contact the shop for more details.

The Pantry Book Club, Louisburgh, is pleased to announce the launch of a short story competition in conjunction with Books@One!

The competition is open to Pupils of Coláiste Sancta Maria in Transition, 5th and 6th year inviting short stories (1000 to 2000 words) on any topic, where the entry must be the person's original work.

Submissions can be hand written, typed and printed, or submitted by e-mail in electronic format.

Prizes: First prize: Book token for €100.  Second prize: Book token for €50


Closing date for receipt of entries:  November 30th, 2017.  Handwritten or printed entries should be delivered to Books@One in a sealed envelope, indicating clearly the author's name and address.  

Submissions by e-mail should be sent to The Pantry Book Club Secretary (john.bradley@iol.ie).

Awards will be made at an event to be held at Books@One on a date to be arranged between December 15th-20th, 2017

Good Grazing are a drop off point for Baby/Toddler clothing & Supplies for Elena Lydon in aid of the Refugee Support and Health Care of Ireland Group. Please contact them direct for more details.

Books@One will be a drop off point for the Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal, going to street children, orphans, children in hospital, poor families, victims of war or other needy situations in Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union and Africa. Contact the shop for more details.


We're taking a little break from flying the flag for Irish writing talent this month simply because we've come across this gem which appeals greatly to A Little Louisburgh Bookshop...


Translated from German, this bestseller by Nina George tells the story of Parisian bookseller, Jean Perdu, who has lived in a time capsule of his own grief due to a misunderstanding. It's a story of heartbreak, romance, mystery, adventure and hope set in Southern France.

Guaranteed to bring some sunshine to those winter months ahead.

This Tumult by Caroline Preston

Have a great weekend (and month) from all here at Books@One!

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P.S. Want to keep up to date with local news? Don't forget, the Louisburgh Parish Newsletter is updated weekly online - just go to louisburghparish.ie to download the pdf.  Hard copies always available at the Church. And be sure to check out Louisburgh Lines in the Local Notes section of the Mayo News.



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