Nominations For The 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

November 10, 2009

The Lord Mayor of Dublin announced that 156 titles have been nominated for the €100,000 Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. The nominations come from 163 libraries in 123 cities and 43 countries worldwide. The 156 authors come from 46 countries.  The books span 18 languages, 41 of which are translated from languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Icelandic, Serbian and Slovenian. 33 are first novels. “These are books that might not otherwise come to the attention of Irish readers”, says Deirdre Ellis-King, Dublin City Librarian.  “The spread of languages and the number of books in translation continues to grow”.  This year at 41 novels, we have the largest number of books in translation to date.”

Irish writers, Sebastian Barry (The Secret Scripture) winner of the 2009 Costa Prize and Joseph O’Neill , (Netherland) longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker prize have been nominated as well as a slew of Brits and Americans: some examples below. To see all the nominations, check out the longlist.

Dublin City Council will announce the shortlist on April 14, 2010. The Lord Mayor will reveal the winning novel on June 17, 2010.

Aravind Adiga   The White Tiger

Muriel Barbery   The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Louis Bayard   The Black Tower

David Benioff   City of Thieves

Geraldine Brooks   People of the Book

Ethan Canin   America, America

Andrew Davidson   The Gargoyle

Leif Enger   So Brave, Young and Handsome

Jeffrey Ford   The Shadow Year

Amitav Ghosh   Sea of Poppies

Andrew Sean Greer   The Story of a Marriage

Zoe Heller   The Believers

Aleksander Hemon   The Lazarus Project

Philip Hensher   The Northern Clemency

Samantha Hunt   The Invention of Everything Else

Arnaldur Indridson   Arctic Chill

Rachel Kushner   Telex from Cuba

Dennis Lehane   The Given Day

David Lodge   Deaf Sentence

Toni Morrison   A Mercy

Kate Morton   The Forgotten Garden

Richard Price   Lush Life

Marilynne Robinson   Home

Tom Rob Smith   Child 44

Garth Stein   The Art of Racing in the Rain

David Wroblewski   The Story of Edgar Sawtelle