Tertulia, A Bookshop Like No Other, is living up to its name. Not only is it more than a bookshop – given its amazing collection of Harry Potter and other film memorabilia – it is fast becoming the talking shop it was always meant to be. ‘Tertulia’ is an old Spanish word meaning a social circle or forum, a place where people come to discuss literature, books, art and the issues of the day. And so it has come to pass, with the bookshop set to host three interesting talks next month.
This Saturday at 4pm, Tertulia will host the Westport launch of novelist and journalist Eithne Shorthall’s new novel ‘Three Little Truths’. Chief arts correspondent for the Sunday Times Ireland, Shorthall studied journalism at Dublin City University. She has lived in London, France and America, and is now based in Dublin.
Her first novel, ‘Love in Row 27’, published in 2017, was a major Irish bestseller, and her second novel, ‘Grace after Henry’, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and Best Page Turner at the UK’s Big Book Awards. ‘Three Little Truths’, focuses on the lives and secrets of three women, neighbours who live on a picturesque Dublin suburban street.
Friday, November 8, will see another book launch, with multi-award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Brian O’Connell launching his latest book, ‘Personals’. Originally from County Clare, but living in Cork, O’Connell is known to many for his work on Today with Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1.
O’Connell is drawn to social issues and human-interest stories, and has earned a reputation for tackling often difficult and diverse subjects. His previous book, ‘Wasted’ looked at Ireland’s relationship with alcohol. ‘Personals’, is a collection of stories gleaned from trawling the classified ads in newspapers and online, showing how they can yield a wealth of fascinating human narratives – tales of love, loss, loneliness, redemption and hope. The launch starts at 7.30pm.
On Sunday, November 10, at 4pm, Tertulia will host a discussion on Direct Democracy and the workings of the Citizens Assembly, introduced by Jane Suiter. Suiter is Director of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (www.fujomedia.eu) at DCU and an Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Dublin City University. Her expertise lies mainly in the area of the public sphere, with a particular interest in participation and political engagement, including direct democracy and other modes of engaging the public in decision-making processes, such as citizens’ assemblies and journalism.
A founder member of We the Citizens (2011), Ireland’s first deliberative experiment, Suiter has also been co-principal investigator on the Irish Citizen Assembly (2016-18) and the Irish Constitutional Convention (2012-14).
Tertulia, A Bookshop Like No Other is located at Westport Quay.