Sunday, November 28, 2010

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist

The IMPAC is the world’s richest literary award, with a prize pot of €100,000; it is open to novels published in any language as long as they have also been published in English translation. Nominations come from libraries around the world, with libraries in 126 cities in 43 countries taking part this year.

The IMPAC longlist was revealed on November 15......and it is long! 162 nominees provide a list with a veritable feast of choices for future reading.

The shortlist will be announced April 2011 and the winner will be revealed in June next year.

Because one of my projects next year is to read more NZ/Aus fiction I've separated out the 14 books by NZ/Aus authors - embarrassing to find I've only read one.......Magpie Hall - and hope to read a few of these over the holiday season.

New Zealand
  • Maurice Gee (Access Road)
  • Fiona Farrell (Limestone)
  • Laurence Fearnley (Mother’s Day)
  • Rachael King (Magpie Hall) - my review
  • Damien Wilkins (Somebody Loves Us All)
  • Alison Wong (As The Earth Turns Silver) 
  • Peter Carey (Parrot and Olivier in America)
  • J.M. Coetzee (Summertime)
  • Marion Halligan (Valley of Grace)
  • M.J. Hyland (This is How)
  • David Malouf (Ransom)
  • Alex Miller (Lovesong)
  • Kristina Olssen (The China Garden)
  • Craig Silvey (Jasper Jones)
 Overall favorites: books that were nominated by at least seven libraries.
  • Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin )
  • Colm Toibin (Brooklyn)
  • Kathryn Stockett (The Help) - read but not reviewed.
  • Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall) - my review
  • Lorrie Moore (A Gate at the Stairs)
  • Barbara Kingsolver (The Lacuna)
  • Julia Franck (The Blind Side of the Heart)

Have you read any of these books? Which of them do you recommend?

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