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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.

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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').

John Boyne makes Little Rebels Children's Book Award Shortlist

John BoyneJohn Boyne's is likely a familiar name to most of you, he having gained worldwide recognition for his fourth novel, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', published in 2006 and adapted for cinema in 2008. That book won the Irish Children's Book Award in 2007 as well as the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award. Well, his name popped up again recently in the context of another award, this time the 2016 Little Rebels Children's Book Award for which he has been shortlisted for 'The Boy at the Top of the Mountain', alongside Dublin-born children's illustrator Yasmeen Ismail.

The shortlist (for books published in 2015), which include three picture books, is as follows:

Two Irish Authors on Bailey's Women Prize Shortlist

Baileys Women's Prize for FictionCongratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney who have been shortlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for The Green Road, and The Glorious Heresies respectively. "After a long and often passionate debate we are proud to present our 2016 shortlist," said Margaret Mountford, Chair of judges. "Our choices reflect a really diverse mix of brilliant writing from new and established authors around the world and we hope that everyone will find much to enjoy in them."

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.

International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Announced

Literary Award10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes Academy Street by Irish author Mary Costello, four novels in translation from Brazil, France, Germany and Spain and novels from India, Jamaica and the USA.

The shortlisted titles are:

Shortlist for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Announced

ShortlistBook award announcements are coming thick and fast right now, what with the recent announcements of the Desmond Elliott Prize longlist, the Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists and the YA Book Prize shortlist. And, lest we forget, the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist will be announced next Tuesday!

So no surprise if we update you on yet another book award, this time the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, the shortlist of which has just been revealed, the winner to be declared during Listowel Writers' Week (1-5 June 2016). The shortlist reads like a Who's Who of modern Irish writers - Banville, Barry, Enright, O'Brien, I don't envy the judges picking one of these above the others. And lets not be unfair to the fifth name on the list, that of debutant Austin Duffy, who may lay some claim to fame of his own as winner of  RTÉ’s Francis MacManus award for his short story, Orca. His is the only first novel on the shortlist, which is as follows:-

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