Dublin City Council announces longlist for International DUBLIN Literary Award

The longlist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award has been announced with seven Irish novels among the 160 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide.

Nominations for the €100,000 annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English include 53 novels in translation with works by 44 American, 25 British, 10 Canadian, 10 Australian, 6 German and 3 South African authors.

Last year’s winner Jim Crace said: “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 International DUBLIN Literary Award, formerly known as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service.

They announced that the 160 books eligible for the 2016 award, spanning 19 languages with 49 being first novels, were nominated by libraries in 118 cities and 44 countries worldwide.

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City librarian said: "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 (USA).

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 a third of the longlist.

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.

All of the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from public libraries and the full list of 160 titles is available on www.dublinliteraryaward.ie. The shortlist will be published on April 12, 2016 and Dublin's Lord Mayor will announce the winner on June 9.

The Irish titles nominated for 2016 and the libraries they were nominated by:

The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry, nominated by Redbridge Libraries, London, UK.

Academy Street by Mary Costello, nominated by Dublin City Public Libraries, Galway County Library, Limerick City & County Libraries, Waterford City & County Libraries, Ireland and by Christchurch City Libraries, New Zealand.

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee, nominated by Katona József Library of Bács-Kiskun County, Kecskemét, Hungary.

Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent, nominated by Waterford City & County Libraries, Ireland.

The Thrill of it All by Joseph O’Connor, nominated by Tampere City Library, Finland

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín, nominated by Christchurch City Libraries, New Zealand, M. Rudomino State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow, Russia, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Switzerland, Milwaukee Public Library and Tulsa City & County Library, USA

The Diary of Mary Travers by Eibhear Walshe nominated by Cork City Libraries, Ireland

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