7 Irish novels are among 160 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 53 novels in translation with works by 44 American, 25 British, 10 Canadian, 10 Australian, 6 German and 3 South African authors.
Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2016 Award was launched today [9th November] by Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Patron of the Award, who commented “the Award, now in its 21st year, has made a fantastic contribution to the literary life of Dublin and brings significant benefits to the City. It’s right that, as the Award is now entirely a City initiative, sponsored by the City Council; it should be called the International DUBLIN Literary Award”.
The International DUBLIN Literary Award promotes Dublin internationally as a literary destination, as last year’s winner Jim Crace remarked: “Winning the Award was a surprise and a delight. What didn’t surprise me was the liveliness and the warmth… It’s what I have learned to expect from Dubliners. I was especially impressed that writing and reading never left the spotlight.”
The Irish titles nominated for 2016 are:
The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry
Academy Street by Mary Costello
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent
The Thrill of it All by Joseph O’Connor
Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
The Diary of Mary Travers by Eibhear Walshe
The International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly known as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 160 books eligible for the 2016 award were nominated by libraries in 118 cities and 44 countries worldwide; noting that 53 are titles in translation, spanning 19 languages and 49 are first novels.
The full list of 160 titles can be viewed here
Speaking of the global interest in the Award, the City Librarian remarked “reading groups worldwide each year anticipate the longlist and later the shortlist with excitement and interest. This anticipation will reach fever pitch when The Lord Mayor announces the twenty-first winner on 9th June 2016. From previous experience we know that the 21st winning title will be top of the library readers list for 2016 at home and abroad bringing readers together in an unparalleled international book club”.
The 2016 Judging Panel comprises Irish writer Carlo Gébler; Ian Sansom, British novelist, critic and academic; Iglika Vassileva, Bulgarian translator; Australian novelist, Meaghan Delahunt and Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos. The non-voting Chairperson is Eugene R. Sullivan.
Other novels nominated for the 2016 Award include A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize; All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King, winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Fiction.
Among the 53 translated authors are German author Jenny Erpenbeck, winner of the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, Javier Cercas (Spanish), Helle Helle (Danish), and Haruki Murakami (Japanese). For the second time, translated titles comprise one third of the longlist – 33%.
Two previous winners have also been nominated, 2006 winner Colm Tóibín and 2007 winner Per Petterson.
The book that received most nominations this year is Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See, chosen by 14 libraries in Canada, Germany, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands and the USA.
The shortlist will be published on 12th April 2016 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on 9th June.
All of the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public libraries. The International DUBLIN Literary Award is a Dublin City Council initiative.