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Thursday, 14 April 2016

IMPAC Literary Dublin Award Shortlist 2016

Hello Gentle Reader

The IMPAC Literary Dublin Award has announced its shortlist. It is the most lucrative award, for a single work of fiction, with a paycheque of $100, 000. This year’s list ranges from established writers, to new writers, and up and coming writers. There are books from the US, to Ireland, Jamaica, and Rwanda. The following is the shortlisted writers and their work:

Scholastique Mukasonga – Rwanda – “Our Lady of the Nile,”
Marlon James – Jamaica – “A Brief History of Seven Killings,”
Michel Laub – Brazil – “Diary of the Fall,”
Jenny Erpenbeck – Germany – “The End of Days,”
Javier Cercas – Spain – “Outlaws,”
Mary Costello – Ireland – “Academy Street,”
Marilynne Robinson – United States – “Lilia,”
Akhil Sharma – United States – “Family Life,”
Jenny Offill – United States – “Dept of Speculation,”
Dave Eggers – United States – “Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?”

Two writes on the shortlist are listed with their debuts: Scholastique Mukasonga with her debut novel “Our Lady of the Nile,” and Mary Costello with her novel “Academy Street.” Mary Costello is also the only Irish writer to have been shortlisted, while the rest are from Spain, Brazil, Rwanda, Germany and the United States. It’s not a varied list, by means in comparison with other literary awards, but it will be interesting to see who will walk away with the literary award, and its coveted paycheque.

Thank-you For Reading Gentle Reader
Take Care
And As Always
Stay Well Read

M. Mary

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