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Four Irish authors on longlist for international literary prize

John Spain

Published 15/11/2010 | 05:00

Author Colm Toibin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Author Colm Toibin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

FOUR Irish writers have made the longlist for the world's most valuable literary prize.

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Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, William Trevor and Peter Murphy will all feature on the longlist for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which will be announced this morning.

It also includes many of the great names of contemporary world fiction, like Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, JM Coetzee, Sebastian Faulks and Dan Brown. A total of 162 titles have been nominated for the €100,000 award next year.

The IMPAC is unique among literary prizes because the nominations come from libraries around the world, giving a voice to ordinary readers rather than just academics and critics.

The nominations this year came from libraries in 126 cities in 43 countries worldwide.

The books include 'Let The Great World Spin' by Colum McCann, which was nominated by libraries in Germany, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the US.

'Brooklyn' by Colm Toibin was put forward by Belgium, England, Ireland, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand and the US.

'Love And Summer' by William Trevor was voted for by libraries in Ireland and the US and 'John The Revelator' by Peter Murphy was nominated by Limerick City Library.

The longlist this year also includes 'Wolf Hall' by Hilary Mantel, winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize, and 'The Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver, winner of the 2010 Orange Prize.

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Previous IMPAC winners are also well represented with Colm Toibin having won the award in 2006, and novels by David Malouf (1996 winner) and Orhan Pamuk (2003 winner) among those on the 2011 list.

All of the four Irish writers on the longlist are seen as strong candidates. Two of the Irish authors were the most popular choices by libraries worldwide, with Colum McCann's novel receiving 14 nominations and Colm Toibin receiving 13 nominations. Both will be among the hot favourites.

The 2011 longlist will be launched today by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen, who is patron of the award, at a ceremony in Dublin City Libraries, the organisers of the annual competition.

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, said: "In the year when Dublin was designated as a City of Literature by UNESCO, it is wonderful that four Irish authors have been nominated for the €100,000 award next year."

A unique aspect of the IMPAC is that it is open to novels published in any language as long as they have also been published in translation in English. This year 42 of the titles on the longlist of 162 are novels that have been translated from other languages. The aim is to bring interesting novels in other languages to the attention of readers in English.

The shortlist will be announced next April and the winner will be revealed in June next year. The award, managed by Dublin City Libraries, is sponsored by IMPAC, an international management consultancy with offices in Dublin.

The full list can be viewed on the web today at www. impacdublinaward.ie.

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