book awards

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.

2016 Costa Book Award Shortlists Announced

Costa logoThe 2016 Costa Book Award shortlists have been announced, and included in the novel category are Irish authors and former winners Sebastian Barry and Maggie O’Farrell. Also good to note the presence on the first novel shortlist of Kit de Waal and on the children's shortlist you will find Dublin-based author Brian Conaghan. Congrats to all four, indeed to all twenty shortlisted authors!

The shortlisted 20 authors, four in each of five categories, were selected from a total of 596 entries.  Of the 20 authors, 14 are women, and included are a former competitive ice skater (Susan Beale - first novel category), a hip-hop singer (Kate Tempest - poetry category) and a pop journalist (Sylvia Patterson - biography category). Indeed the poetry shortlist is all female, the first such occasion this has occurred,

2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award Longlist

Irish books on longlistSeven Irish novels are among 147 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the International DUBLIN Literary Award.  Nominations include 43 novels in translation with works by 43 American, 23 British, 14 Canadian, 10 Australian, 5 New Zealander and 4 Dutch authors.

The 2017 Award was launched today, 21 November by Lord Mayor, Brendan Carr, Patron of the Award, who praised the International DUBLIN Literary Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally. “Like every year”, he said, “readers will find new books and new authors through the Award, and they can pit themselves against the international panel of judges and pick their own favourite novel, before I announce the winner on 21 June next year”.