Events & Book Clubs
As a cultural hub in Galway City, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop regularly hosts book launches, literary events, book signings, and readings. Over the last thirty years, Charlie Byrne’s has held hundreds of book launches and readings featuring some of Ireland’s best loved novelists, poets, photographers, and writers of non-fiction, as well as a diverse range of international literary events.
We’ve got all the ingredients for perfect book launches: our Middle Street shop lends the perfect atmosphere to events; we have facilities for serving wine and other cold beverages; we can create beautiful displays of books; our enthusiastic staff help create memorable, well-organised events; and our wonderful customers can be counted on to make the night a success! Feel free to contact us to arrange an event our launch.
Due to the current restrictions we are not in a position to facilitate bookshop events but we hope to resume live in-person launches and readings in the near future.
Up to the recent COVID-19 emergency Charlie Byrne’s ran five separate bookclubs. Two have adapted to the ‘new normal’ and are meeting mothly on Zoom.
At each meeting the bookclubs have a friendly and relaxed (but rousing!) chat about the the chosen book for that month.
Charlie Byrne’s Book Club started back in February 2013 with Old Filth by Jane Gardam. The members are a mix of men and women, ages 20-something-ish to 70-something-ish, and always welcome new members of all ages, genders, and reading tastes.
Anyone interested in joining the virtual book clubs can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with the other members.
You don’t even have to come to the meetings to read along there’s a 10% discount for everyone on the current month’s book club pick!
You can also keep up to date with the Charlie Byrne’s Book Club on our Facebook group page for book club members!
We’re currently reading:
Travels in Alaska
In the late 1800s, John Muir made several trips to the pristine, relatively unexplored territory of Alaska, irresistibly drawn to its awe-inspiring glaciers and its wild menagerie of bears, bald eagles, wolves, and whales. Half-poet and half-geologist, he recorded his experiences and reflections in Travels in Alaska, a work he was in the process of completing at the time of his death in …
Ghost in the Throat
A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ni Ghriofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem. In the present day, a young mother narrowly avoids trage…