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Dublin Literary Award Winner Akhil Sharma Reading and Q&A

Akhil Sharma & Niall MacMonagleOn the evening of Friday, 10 June, literary award winner Akhil Sharma gave a reading, followed by a Q&A session, introduced and moderated by Niall MacMonagle,  in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. Sharma was announced the winner of the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Family Life at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House on Thursday, 9th June 2016.

Transcript

Listen to the reading and interview [play time: 48:56 minutes]:

 

Literary Award Winner's Acceptance Speech

Akhil SharmaOn Thursday, 9 June 2016, in the Mansion House in Dublin, Family Life by Akhil Sharma was announced as the winner of the 21st International DUBLIN Literary Award. Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi, India, and moved with his family to the United States when he was eight. He is also the author of An Obedient Father, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in New York City and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark.

Commenting on his win, Akhil Sharma said: “To be acknowledged by people I respect is a strange thing. I can’t say I fooled them. I feel abashed by this honor.”  

Watch Akhil deliver his acceptance speech:

Lisa does it again! Desmond Elliott Prize Winner!

Lisa McInerneyLisa McInerney just can't stay out of the news! Having just recently won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction with 'The Glorious Heresies', last evening the book was declared winner of the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Two big accolades in the space of a fortnight! Our heartiest congratulations to Lisa.

The Glorious Heresies is Lisa's first novel. It is set in post-boom Cork and her protagonists inhabit the darker edge of society; Ryan, a 15 year old drug dealer and his alcoholic father, Georgie, a prostitute; and Maureen, whose son is a gangster, has just accidentally murdered someone.  McInerney's energetic comic style and her interesting characters lift the book from its setting and make for a colourful, fresh read.

Well Done Sarah Crossan, Carnegie Medal Winner!

One by Sarah CrossanMany congratulations to Irish young adult and children's author Sarah Crossan on winning the UK's premier children's book award, the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. One, her winning novel in verse form, is the original and sensitive story of 16 year old conjoined twins Grace and Tippi.

Congratulations must also go to illustrator Chris Riddell for winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 for his wonderful illustrations in 'The Sleeper and the Spindle', written by Neil Gaiman. This is his third win.

The winners were announced today, Monday 20th June.

Congrats to Lisa McInerney on Baileys Women's Prize Win

Lisa McInerneyMany congratulations to Galway author Lisa McInerney on winning the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction with 'The Glorious Heresies'. With it she collects a cheque for £30,000.

The Glorious Heresies is Lisa McInerney's first novel, though you may have come across her writing as Sweary Lady in her witty blog The Arse End of Ireland which she wrote from 2006. McInerney's debut is set in post-boom Cork and her protagonists inhabit the darker edge of society; Ryan, a 15 year old drug dealer and his alcoholic father, Georgie, a prostitute; and Maureen, whose son is a gangster, has just accidentally murdered someone.  McInerney's energetic comic style and her interesting characters lift the book from its setting and make for a colourful, fresh read.

Family Life by Akhil Sharma Wins the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Akhil SharmaAmerican author Akhil Sharma has won the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel 'Family Life'. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin's Mansion House today.

Right: Akhil Shamra. (Photo credit: Bill Miller. View larger image)

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. Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators.

-- Check our catalogue now for 'Family Life' --

Anne Enright wins Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year

The Green Road by Anne EnrightCongratulations to Anne Enright whose novel The Green Road was awarded the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year at the opening night of Listowel Writers' Week, on Wednesday, 1 June 2016.  The Green Road was selected from a strong shortlist by judges Rachel Cusk and Gerbrand Bakker.

In The Green Road, Enright tells the story of the Madigan family, mother Rosaleen and her adult children Dan, Emmet, Constance and Hanna who have gathered at home for Christmas for the first time in years. Enright first introduces us to each character when they are younger, more innocent and less damaged: Hanna as a schoolgirl, Dan enjoying the freedom of the New York art scene of the 1990s, Constance, the only sibling to have stayed in Ireland, raising her young family; and Emmet, an aid worker in Mali. When they reunite in 2005 they are very different people and the reader must ponder what life has meant to each in the intervening years.

CBI Book of the Year Awards Announced

CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016Congratulations to Sarah Crossan, Louise O'Neill, Lauren O'Neill, Fatti (Kathi) Burke and John Burke who have just been been named winners of the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016. The awards celebrate the very best in Irish children's literature and are open to any children's book written in English or Irish by Irish born or resident authors and illustrators. The fantastic CBI Award winners, picked from a strong shortlist, were announced at Smock Alley on Monday 23 May at 1pm.

Sarah Crossan is the first author to win both the book of the year and the children's choice. One is the original and sensitive story of 16 year old conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. The judges said ‘Crossan’s signature blend of lyricism and realism addresses complicated dynamics of family, identity, sisterhood and difference. Told in verse and in the first person, this elegant, sensitive story will stimulate reflections and conversations about discrimination, diversity, difficult choices and the bonds of love.’ (from CBI Blog) The children's choice award is decided by young readers across the country through a shadowing scheme.

Here's the full list of winners:

The Man Booker International Prize 2016 Shortlist Announced

The Man Booker logoThe six book shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize has been revealed.  Similarly to our own International Dublin Literary Award, the prize recognises and rewards the finest in contemporary global fiction and its aim is to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works in translation. For the first time, the Man Booker International Prize will be on the basis of a single book, rather than a body of work and will be awarded annually rather than as previously, every two years.

Among the shortlist is The Story of the Lost Child stands, the final book in Elena Ferrante's popular 4-part Neopolitan Novels, and it seems everyone is reading and talking about these books! Orhan Pamuk is another strong contender. He is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (2006) and his novel My Name Is Red won the 2002 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, 2002 Premio Grinzane Cavour and 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


Update 16 May
The winner of the 2016 Prize is The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Translated by Deborah Smith.


Yasmeen Ismail makes Little Rebels Children's Book Award Shortlist

Yasmeen IsmailTo have one is nice, to have two might be seen as just plain greedy, but we make no apologies for highlighting yet more success for Irish authors. Having just posted about John Boyne being shortlisted for the 2016 Little Rebels Children's Book Award, with great delight we want to highlight the shortlisting also of Yasmeen Ismail for the very same award! Yasmeen is nominated for her picture book 'I'm a Girl!', which coincidentally was also shortlisted for the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards (category 'Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year – Junior').

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