Book donations from an award-winning author who owes a debt to libraries and wishes to support community libraries

Book donations from an award-winning author who owes a debt to libraries and wishes to support community libraries

Posted by Annemarie Naylor  |  11th Aug 2014
The Transylvanian author, Zoltán Böszörményi, is now a successful businessman and award-winning author, but his early life was not easy.

The Transylvanian author, Zoltán Böszörményi, is now a successful businessman and award-winning author, but his early life was not easy.  After studying ballet for seven years, he began his writing career in the Iron Curtain days of Eastern Europe, publishing in Transylvania two books of Hungarian-language poetry, the second of which, considered politically unacceptable, resulted in his arrest and interrogation by Romanian security officers. He fled to the West and spent seven months at Traiskirchen Refugee Camp in Austria, then was admitted – penniless – to Canada, where he learned English and graduated from York University in Toronto.

Without access to the free books and services provided by Canada’s public libraries, his success would not have been possible. Now a resident of Barbados, he is an admirer of the great work underway in communities and on the part of volunteers to keep a library service available to the public in the UK.

The title he is proposing to donate at present, The Club at Eddy’s Bar, is a recently published, well-received hardback novel (rrp £19.99). It was featured in numerous BBC radio programmes, including Outlook on Radio 3, in which the author took part in a discussion chaired by Philip Dodd, on The Culture Studio, BBC Radio Scotland, on the BBC World Service, on the Irish RTÉ Radio Arts programme Arena, on Monocle Radio London, got a very good review from Booktrust, and was featured in and is available from The Sunday Times.

Zoltán Böszörményi received the Gundel Arts Award for the Hungarian version of The Club at Eddy’s Bar in 2009, and in 2012 the József Attila Award for Hungarian Literature.

Phaeton Publishing Ltd, of 28 Leeson Park, Dublin 6 [email [email protected] or [email protected] , website www.phaeton.ie ] would like to receive addresses of community/voluntary libraries to which Zoltán Böszörményi might donate copies of this hardback novel.