147 titles have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the International DUBLIN Literary Award. Nominations include 43 novels in translation with works by 43 American, 23 British, 14 Canadian, 10 Australian, 7 Irish, 5 New Zealander and 4 Dutch authors.
The 2017 Award was launched on the 21 November 2016 by Lord Mayor, Brendan Carr, Patron of the Award, who praised the International DUBLIN Literary Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally. “Like every year”, he said, “readers will find new books and new authors through the Award, and they can pit themselves against the international panel of judges and pick their own favourite novel, before I announce the winner on 21 June next year”.
The award promotes Dublin internationally as a literary destination, as Juan Pablo Villalobos (2016 judging panel) remarked “Dublin is a very literary city and for me as a Mexican writer I was very, very happy to be invited to be a judge because it’s the city of Samuel Beckett, one of my literary heroes, and of James Joyce of course. Obviously world wide Dublin is known as a literary city and I think that this prize is becoming every year more and more important.”
The International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly known as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. The 147 books eligible for the 2017 award were nominated by libraries in 109 cities and 40 countries worldwide, 43 are titles in translation, spanning 19 languages and 30 are first novels.