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2018 International Dublin Literary Award longlist announced

Literary Award logo7 Irish novels are among 150 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.  Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.

Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2018 Award was launched today, 6 November by Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha, Patron of the Award, who commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally.  ‘Dublin – a UNESCO City of Literature - is renowned throughout the world as a city of writers. There’s no doubt that our rich literary and cultural life makes Dublin a great destination for tourists, for students, and for overseas businesses. It also makes for a better quality of life for all of us who live and work in our capital.  Is cathair litríochta í Baile Átha Cliath’ he said.

Irish author on Goldsmiths Prize 2017 shortlist

Sara BaumeCongratulations to Sara Baume whose second book 'a line made by walking' has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2017. 'A line made by walking' charts a young artist's search for meaning and healing in rural Ireland. Struggling to cope with urban life and life in general, Frankie retreats to her family's rural house on "turbine hill," vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier.

Listen back to Sara reading from and discussing 'a line made by walking' at our recent Contemporary Irish Authors series at the Central Library.

Two Irish Authors on 2017 Man Booker Longlist

Barry McCormackCongrats to Sebastian Barry and Mike McCormack, who both make the 2017 Man Booker longlist. Of the thirteen authors longlisted, probably the most notable inclusion is Indian author Arundhati Roy who won the prize 20 years ago for her debut novel 'The God of Small Things', and who is now longlisted for her second only novel, 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'.

Sebastian Barry's novel 'Days Without End' was announced the winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award back in January of this year. Mike McCormack's' Solar Bones' was awarded the Goldsmith Prize in November 2016; this award celebrates innovative fiction. 'Solar Bones' was also chosen as the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year in the same month. The last Irish winner was Anne Enright in 2007 for 'The Gathering'.

Dublin Literary Award 2017 Winners Reading and Q&A

Hahn & AgualusaOn the evening of Thursday, 22 June, literary award winners José Eduardo Agualusa and Daniel Hahn gave a reading, followed by a Q&A session, introduced and moderated by Sinéad Crowley, in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. Author José Eduardo Agualusa and translator Daniel Hahn were announced as winners of the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for Agualusa's novel A General Theory of Oblivion at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Wednesday, 21 June 2017.

Listen to the reading and interview [play time: 53:46 minutes]:

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa wins 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

José Eduardo AgualusaAngolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English.

Image: José Eduardo Agualusa. Credit: Rosa Cunha

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin's Mansion House today.

Check our catalogue for A General Theory of Oblivion

The Children's Book of 2017 is...Goodnight Everyone

Goodnight EveryoneGoodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton was announced as the winning title of the 27th Children's Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award on Tuesday (23 May) at a ceremony held in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Congratulations to Chris who also won the Honour Award for illustration for Goodnight Everyone. This is a fabulous bedtime read for little ones - just be careful if you are a tired parent reading it you may find yourself getting very sleepy too! zzzzzz

The award judges said ‘Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’

International Dublin Literary Award 2017 Shortlist

2017 Award10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award, proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes The Green Road by Irish author Anne Enright, debut novel Under the Udala Trees, and six novels in translation from Angola, Austria, Denmark/Norway, Mexico, Mozambique and Turkey, and novels from Nigeria, Vietnam and the USA.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English.
The award was launched on 7th April 1995 and is now in its 22nd year.

The shortlisted titles are:

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announced

The Lesser BohemiansCongratulations to Irish author Eimear McBride whose second novel The Lesser Bohemians has been longlisted for the Baileys Prize for Fiction.  The Lesser Bohemians is about Eily, a young drama student who moves from rural Ireland to London in the mid nineties, and relishes the freedom, new experiences and temptations of this new life.

The longlist also features literary legends Margaret Atwood and Annie Proulx, as well as some new names, debut novelists Ayobami Adebayo, Emma Flint and Fiona Melrose.  Authors on the longlist who have previously won the prize are Linda Grant (2000) Rose Tremain (2008) and Eimear McBride (2014).

Here's the full longlist with links to the library catalogue:

Sebastian Barry wins Costa Novel Award for the second time

Days Without EndWe're delighted to hear that Sebastian Barry's novel Days Without End has won the Costa Novel Award 2016. It's Barry's second time to win the award, his novel The Secret Scripture was awarded both the Costa Novel Award and the overall Costa Book of the Year 2008. A Long, Long Way (2005) was the book choice for Dublin: One City, One Book 2007.

Two other winners have Irish connections: Scottish writer Brian Conaghan now lives in Dublin and the subject of Keggie Carew's winning biography, Dadland is her Irish father Tom Carew.

The overall Costa Book of the Year, chosen from the category winners will be announced on 31 January.

2016 category winners with links to the library catalogue:

 

CWA Dagger Winners for 2016 Announced

CWA logoA little behind on this one, as the winners were announced in London on the 11th October last. But never too late to bring your attention to the books making the news and winning the accolades. Should you be wondering, the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) Daggers, awarded annually, celebrate the best in crime and thriller writing.

DodgersProbably the standout winner this year is first-time American novelist Bill Beverly who has won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger for the best crime novel of the year as well as the John Creasey New Blood Dagger for the best debut crime novel. One award is good, two is better! Well done him.

The Diamond Dagger, which some might deem the Crime Writers' Association's highest honour, and awarded for "a career's outstanding contribution to crime fiction", was actually announced last January and went to Peter James. James has written 28 novels and sold over 18 million books worldwide, and is best known for his series of crime books featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.

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