book awards

Irish Debut Novelists as Award Contenders

A Girl is a Half-Formed ThingWith the news just out that the debut novel of Irish author Eimear McBride has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, I got thinking about how much of an impact Irish authors have been making of late, most particularly first-time novelists. Eimear's book, 'A Girl is a Half-formed Thing', had in fact been rejected by publishers for a good number of years until Galley Beggar Press took a chance on it, a book other publishers thought too experimental. And of course, appropriately enough, the new literary award that is the Goldsmiths Prize is awarded to fiction that "breaks the mould and opens up new possibilities for the novel form" (site quote).

Man Booker Shortlist Announced - Tóibín Included

The Testament of Mary

The Man Booker shortlist of six titles has just been announced and includes The Testament of Mary by Irish author Colm Tóibín. The other five titles on the shortlist are:

'The Testament of Mary' Book Description: "In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, 'The Testament of Mary' tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death."

Latest Crime Writers' Association Shortlists Announced!

Crime Writers' AssociationToday the Crime Writers’ Association announced the shortlists for the remaining three CWA 2013 Daggers. Great to see Stuart Neville make the shortlist for the steel dagger (thriller) with Ratlines, which explores the lives of Nazis who were harboured in Ireland. Doug Johnstone a book critic for the newspaper described Ratlines as a "seriously impressive piece of crime fiction, that lingers long in the memory".

The shortlisted authors are:

For the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger:
Belinda Bauer for Rubbernecker (Bantam/Transworld)
Lauren Beukes for The Shining Girls (HarperCollins)
Mick Herron for Dead Lions (Soho Crime) (not yet in stock, sorry!)
Becky Masterman for Rage Against the Dying (Orion) (not yet in stock, sorry!)

Three Irish Authors on Man Booker Prize Longlist!

Man Booker logoBooks by three Irish authors are among the thirteen on the Man Booker Prize 2013 longlist just announced (Tuesday, 23 July). They are: 'Transatlantic' by Colum McCann, 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan and 'The Testament of Mary' by Colm Tóibín.

This year's longlist, which has a very international feel to it, is as follows:

CWA Award Winners Announced!

Alex and The Ghost Riders of OrdebecLast night saw the winners announced in a number of categories in the annual CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Dagger Awards, PLUS the longlists announced in the remaining categories. The announcement that excited me most was that of the International Dagger winner, or rather winners! Yes, in a rather unusual step, the judges saw fit to share the Award between two French writers, Pierre Lemaitre for Alex, and Fred Vargas for The Ghost Riders of Ordebec. Personally I couldn't be more pleased, I have long been a fan of Fred Vargas, loving this her latest as much as any of her previous, and being equally pleased having read the first book in translation by Pierre Lemaitre. Lemaitre is a real find and I can't wait for the next in the Verhoerven series to be translated - or maybe it is just the incentive I need to brush up on my french? You can read what I had to say about both titles in a recent post of mine here on the blog.

Literary Award Winner's Acceptance Speech

On Thursday, 6th June 2013, in the Mansion House in Dublin, 'City of Bohane' by Kevin Barry was announced as the winner of the 18th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

Watch Kevin deliver his acceptance speech: 

CILIP Carnegie Greenaway 2013 Winners Announced Today

Maggot MoonThe CILIP Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenway Medal winners for 2013 have just been announced. The Carnegie Medal was won by Dyslexic author Sally Gardner with 'Maggot Moon' (published by Hot Key Books). In this tale, when his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of The Motherland.

The shortlist also included award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'A Greyhound of a Girl'. Read about the shortlist on previous blog post.

The Kate Greenway Medal was won by illustrator Levi Pinfold for only his second picture book, 'Black Dog' (published by Templar Publishing).

Bakker wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker'The winner of the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is 'The Detour' by Dutch author Gerbrand Bakker, translated by David Colmer. 'The Detour' is only his second novel.

Bakker is a previous winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2010) for his first novel 'The Twin'.

What is particularly noteworthy about this award is that, like the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and maybe too the Man Booker international Prize (the winner to be announced today in fact!), it puts the spotlight on books in translation and exposes the reader to so much fine world literature only accessible due to the marvellous work of that unsung hero, the translator.

2013 Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced

Women's Prize 2013 ShortlistThe shortlist for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction was announced this morning. Launched in 1996, and formerly the Orange Prize, the Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded to a female author who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English. The prize is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

Right: Shortlist titles. Click image to view larger version.

Women fiction writers have been getting a lot of good press these past two days, which is good to see. Today's announcement follows fast on the heels of yesterday's by literary magazine Granta of its once-in-a-decade list of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists(aged under 40), a list dominated for the first time by women. Read Granta list of top young novelists is female-dominated and international (Guardian)

The 2013 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist

10 novels have been shortlisted for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The list includes City of Bohane by Irish author, Kevin Barry, five novels in translation from Japan, Iceland, Norway, The Netherlands and France, 1 British and 3 American novels.

Literary Award shortlist