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Irish authors on Booker longlist
Irish authors William Trevor, Colm Tóibín and Ed O'Loughlin are among the 13 writers on the longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize.

Author Frank McCourt dies, aged 78
The Irish-American writer, Frank McCourt, has died in New York at the age of 78.
Angela's Ashes author McCourt gravely ill
Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt is gravely ill with meningitis and is unlikely to survive, the author's brother said today.

Boyne book is tops with UK readers
Irish author John Boyne's 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' has been voted the Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year in the UK.

Thomas the 2009 IMPAC Award winner
American author Michael Thomas was named the winner of the world's richest literary prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, in Dublin yesterday.

International Booker goes to Munro
Canadian author Alice Munro has been named the winner of the third Man Booker International Prize.

Bond girl in new Wuthering Heights
'Quantum of Solace' star Gemma Arterton is to play the role of Cathy in a new screen version of Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'.

Palin agrees deal to write memoirs
Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska and former Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, has signed a deal with HarperCollins to write her memoirs.

Mentalist star joins The Killer Inside Me
Simon Baker, the star of the detective drama series 'The Mentalist', has joined the cast of the film adaptation of the Jim Thompson classic 'The Killer Inside Me'.

Irish Book Awards double for Barry
'The Secret Scripture' by Sebastian Barry won two awards at the Irish Book Awards ceremony, which was held at the Mansion House in Dublin last night.

Francis MacManus winners announced RTÉ has announced the winners of the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in Memory of Francis MacManus.

Hennessy Award winners announced The winners of the Hennessy XO Literary Awards have been announced in Dublin.

Jolie to play Kay Scarpetta Angelina Jolie is to play medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta in a new film based on author Patricia Cornwell's best-selling books.
Madden among Orange Prize nominees

Irish author Deirdre Madden is among the nominees for this year's Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

Film deal for Da Vinci Code sequel The upcoming sequel to Dan Brown's bestseller 'The Da Vinci Code' is to be made into a film.