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Impac Longlist Announced with Record Number of Irish Nominees

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The longlist for the €100,000 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English, is published today.

The longlist of books nominated for the 2013 Award includes 154 books, nominated by libraries in 120 cities, in 44 countries, in 19 languages. The judging panel is truly international too, consisting of Algerian Salim Bachi, Estonian Krista Kaer, our own Patrick McCabe, and Kamila Shamsie who grew up in Karachi and now lives in London. Judge Clive Sinclair also lives in London. The panel is chaired by non-voting member Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, who is a former Chief Judge of a US Court of Appeals.

As the Irish Times say, the award is “Invariably dominated by international bestsellers and familiar novels that have already won major awards and preoccupied many book clubs, the strength of Impac rests in its showcasing of international fiction, in particular works in translation.”

You can view all the nominees here http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/nominees/ but writing.ie a delighted that Irish fiction has its largest representation to date, with eight nominated writers including Kevin Barry for City of Bohane, Christine Dwyer-Hickey Cold Eye of Heaven, former Impac contender Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s Side, John Boyne The Absolutist, Dermot Healy Long Time, No See, Paul Callan for The Dulang Washer and Margaret Mazzantini for Twice Born. You can read writing.ie’s interview with John Boyne on The Absolutist here.

Also among this year’s titles is Patrick de Witt’s The Sisters Brothers, Julian Barnes’s Man Booker winner The Sense of an Ending and Andrew Miller’s Costa victor, Pure. There are a further 22 British nominations such as Alan Hollinghurst with The Stranger’s Child and PD James with Death Comes to Pemberley  Belfast-born Jane Harris is included with Gillespie and I.

Nominations also include 43 American and 12 Canadian novels.  Organised by Dublin City Public Libraries, the 2013 Award was launched today, by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Naoise Ó Muirí, Patron of the Award, at a ceremony in The Dublin City Library & Archive.

“This is the highest number of Irish authors ever to be nominated in any one year by libraries around the world for the IMPAC DUBLIN Award” says Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. “It says a lot for the high quality of writing coming from Irish writers currently and it reinforces Dublin’s status as UNESCO City of Literature.”

Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí noted that Belfast born, Jane Gillespie was also nominated for her debut novel, The Map of Time and he commended the IMPAC DUBLIN Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally.

The shortlist, up to a maximum of ten titles chosen by the judges, is announced in April of each year and will be keenly awaited!


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