Belfast's literati gathered at the Ulster Museum last night to celebrate the launch of author Lucy Caldwell's new novel, All The Beggars Riding.
The writer has been selected to lead the Arts Council's One City, One Book initiative, which is supported by the Belfast Telegraph.
The scheme aims to promote Northern Ireland's rich literary heritage by getting as many people in Belfast to read the same novel at the same time.
Ms Caldwell said: "An author's life can often be a lonely one, but being a part of One City, One Book means people are discussing what you've written and I'm excited to feel that connection to my readers.
"It's an honour to have been chosen from all the wonderful books that represent the city of Belfast."
The novel, which tells the story of an Irishman who leads a double life, is published by Faber and Faber and will be serialised on BBC Radio Four's Book At Bedtime in March.
The 31-year-old was toasted by poet Michael Longley, author David Park and singer Duke Special.
Her family, friends and former school teachers at Strathearn celebrated the launch.
"My teachers were such an inspiration to me so it's overwhelming to have their support," she said.
The event kicks off a fortnight of literary events. Lucy will speak to pupils at Methodist College this week and will appear at an arts festival in Londonderry next weekend.
Damian Smyth, head of literature at the Arts Council, said: "It's a wonderful celebration of Belfast and we are proud to have Lucy on board."