3 Irish Authors short listed for the
2011 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.
The short list will be confirmed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen at 11.00am on 12th April 2011 in the Mansion House, Dublin
10 novels have been shortlisted for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, from a total of 162 novels nominated by 166 public library systems in 126 cities worldwide. For the first time, the shortlist includes novels by three Irish authors; Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Brooklyn by Colm Toibín and Love and Summer by William Trevor. The International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 and is the world’s most prestigious literary prize nominated by public libraries world-wide.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Gerry Breen, Patron of the Award, officially confirmed the titles on this year’s shortlist, nominated by public libraries in Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland, and the USA.
The short listed titles are:
- Galore by Michael Crummey (Canadian). Doubleday Canada
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (American). Faber & Faber, HarperCollins, USA
- The Vagrants by Yiyn Li (Chinese / American) Random House, USA
- Ransom by David Malouf (Australian) Random House Australia
- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish) Bloomsbury, UK, Random House, USA
- Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates (American) Ecco Press, USA
- Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Australian) Allen & Unwin
- Brooklyn by Colm Toibín (Irish) Viking UK, Scribner, USA
- Love and Summer by William Trevor (Irish) Viking, UK
- After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Australian) Pantheon Books, USA
From this list, all I’ve read is Evie Wyld’s After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice. I’d be ecstatic if it won, but then again I have no others to compare it with, which makes that a trifle biased. Not that that’s ever stopped me.
I have a copy of Galore for review, haven’t heard of The Vagrants, Jasper Jones or Love and Summer, though of course I know of William Trevor. The others I know of but have never read.
So, once again, I’m faced with having no idea on earth who will win, only that I’ll hope it’s Evie Wyld since her book was positively brilliant.
What’s that you say? Did I hear, “Lisa, why don’t you read the shortlist, then make an informed guess?!”
Are you trying to kill me, people?! Yes, it’s a prize generated via the opinions of public librarians, and yes, I’m a public librarian. And, if you offer to fly me to Ireland for the awards ceremony I wouldn’t hesitate to read these novels while standing on my head. (Okay, maybe not standing on my head.)
The award date isn’t until June 15, but I’m already reviewing for two sites, plus for NetGalley at my own pace, and I have half a mind to apply to Kirkus, too. Oh, and the Orange Prize Longlist. I’ve been too eager to wait for the short, plus for whatever completely insane reason thought I should also guess the short…
Oh, hell. Maybe. But keep in mind a ticket to Ireland would positively seal the deal. Ireland in June? Yes, please!