News from Futa Fata
THE BEST-SELLING BOOK IN IRELAND
In what is thought to be a first for an Irish Language book, Cluasa Capaill ar an Rí was THE bestseller in Children’s and Young Adult Fiction for the week ending 19 March. The figures were compiled by Nielsen BookScan and published in The Irish Times and shows that the special World Book Day edition sold 714 copies in one week. Cluasa Capaill ar an Rí won Gradam Réics Carló 2021 and was recently shortlisted for the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland, Book of the Year Awards. Cluasa Capaill ar an Rí is “…showstopper of a picturebook.” – Sara Keating, The Irish Times, created by two powerhouses: Bridget Bhreathnach and Shona Shirley Macdonald. If the number 1 bestseller title isn’t new for Irish Language Books, it’s definitely a first for a Futa Fata title – Bridget and Shona have made history!
Galway’s literary festival, Cúirt, is back for live events from 4 – 10 April. Futa Fata imprint, Barzaz is delighted that European Union Prize for Literature nominee, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, will feature in this year’s line up. Along with Réaltán Ní Leannáin, Mac Dhonnagáin will be interviewed by poet and academic Laoighseach Ní Choisdealbha about their respective novels, Cítí na gCártaí and Madame Lazare. The event takes place on the 8 April in An Taibhdhearc and attendees can ‘pay what you can’. Full details and booking via cuirt.ie.
BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair took place in Italy last week and Futa Fata was there to reconnect with international publishing colleagues and sales agents. Already, contracts have been signed with Romanian Publisher, Ars Libri for three Futa Fata titles: Cáca don Rí, Mise agus an Dragún and Cluasa Capaill ar an Rí. Time will tell if there will be more! To date, Futa Fata books are available in 14 languages – a fair feat for a small company in the west of Ireland. The company looks forward to further developing and strengthening ties with international counterparts – work which is made possible with thanks to the support of Culture Ireland.