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First Ever Young Adult Book Prize Shortlist Announced

YA Book Prize 2015It's so nice to see books written specifically for young adults getting due acknowledgement. Here, in the inaugural Bookseller YA Book Prize, ten such titles by ten different authors have been so acknowledged by their inclusion on the shortlist, with the winner to be announced on the 19th March 2015.

The ten shortlisted titles (with links to the library catalogue where we have them) are:

Goose – Dawn O'Porter (Hot Key Books)
Salvage – Keren David (Atom/Little,Brown)
Only Ever Yours – Louise O'Neill (Quercus)
Ghosts of Heaven – Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
Trouble – Non Pratt (Walker)
Lobsters – Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen (Chicken House)
Finding a Voice – Kim Hood (O'Brien Press)
Say Her Name - James Dawson (Hot Key Books)
A Song for Ella Grey - David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)
Half Bad – Sally Green (Penguin)

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Winners

Bookcover: Dubliners 100The winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards were announced last night, 26 November.

Irish poet Paul Durcan was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 by Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry, and bestselling author Jeffrey Archer was presented with the inaugural International Recognition Award by broadcaster George Hook.

All winning books are available to borrow in our libraries.

Five Irish authors on Longlist for 2015 International IMPAC Dublin

2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award LonglistThe Longlist for the 2015 International IMPAC Literary award has been announced at Dublin City Library and Archive today, Monday, 24th November. The 142 books on the longlist were nominated by libraries in 114 cities and 39 countries worldwide. 49 titles on the longlist are books in translation, spanning 16 languages and 29 are first novels. In this, the 20th year of the award we are delighted that five Irish books have made the longlist.

The five Irish titles nominated are:

2014 CWA Award Winners

CWA logoThe winners in the various categories of the 2014 CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Dagger Awards have (nearly) all been revealed following the recent announcement of the winners in the final categories. Most of the category winners were announced in July, with the Gold, Steel and John Creasey Awards revealed in late October. The winner of the Dagger in the Library Award is. I understand, to be announced in November.
And no, your eyes are not deceiving you, the winners in two categories do share the same title!

I can now reveal (nearly) all of the category winners (each title links to the book's library catalogue entry):

Man Booker Winner is... The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthAustralian Richard Flanagan was last night announced as the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his sixth novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. His was selected from the six shortlisted titles, the other authors of which came from Britain (3), and the US (2). He becomes only the third-ever Australian to win this coveted prize in its 46-year history, previous Australian winners being Thomas Kenneally and Peter Carey, who won it twice.

The storyline follows an Australian surgeon in a Japanese POW camp in 1943. "In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever." (book description)

Whilst otherwise considering the longlist when announced as "uninspiring", Irish Times columnist Eileen Battersby described the book as "one of the finest novels published in English this year", and picked it as the title that "could and should emerge as winner".

2014 Man Booker Shortlist is Announced

Man Booker PrizeThe six shortlisted titles for this year's Man Booker Prize include three by British authors, two by US authors and one by an Australian. So no Irish representative this year, sorry to say, despite the presence of two on the longlist of thirteen ('History of the Rain' by Niall Williams, and 'The Dog' by Joseph O'Neill). You might recall that last year 'The Testament of Mary' by Colm Tóibín was shortlisted.

Young Skins by Colin Barrett Scoops Major Short Story Award

Young SkinsThe Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award has been won by Irish author Colin Barrett, for his debut collection 'Young Skins'.

The Mayo-born writer held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the Award. He becomes only the second Irish-born writer to win the Award, following in the footsteps of Edna O’Brien, who won in 2011 with 'Saints and Sinners'. Previous winners have also included Haruki Murakami, Ron Rash and Yiyun Li, who won the inaugural Award in 2005 with 'A Thousand Years of Good Prayers'.

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez wins International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

The Sound of Things FallingThe Sound of Things Falling by Colombian author, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated from Spanish by Canadian Anne McLean, is the winner of the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

Right: Bloomsbury paperback edition, 2012

The Award is organised by the Public Library service of Dublin City Council. The €100,000 prize is the world's largest prize for a single novel published in English. Uniquely, the IMPAC DUBLIN receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators.

A Good Day to be an Irish Author!

John BanvilleEimear McBrideWednesday, 4th June, proved a good day for Irish fiction writing, as two authors were recipients of Awards on the international literary stage. First up was the announcement that John Banville had been conferred with Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. In so doing, he picks up a cash prize of €50,000. This award was established in 1981 by the soon to be King of Spain, Prince Felipe. The jury gave the award to John Banville (left, image source) "for his intelligent, insightful and original work as a novelist, and on his alter ego, Benjamin Black, author of disturbing, critical crime novels" (quote).

Next came the news that Eimear McBride had won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel 'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing'. The Award brings with it a cash prize of £30,000. Helen Fraser, chair of judges, says of McBride’s startling debut: "An amazing and ambitious first novel that impressed the judges with its inventiveness and energy. This is an extraordinary new voice – this novel will move and astonish the reader." In so doing, she beat off some stiff competition from the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Donna Tartt, and fellow Irish shortlisted nominee Audrey Magee.

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Have you picked your winner?

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner will be announced next Thursday, 12 June. Have you had the chance to read many of the books on the shortlist? And if so, have you picked your winner yet? Kay Sheehy has been reviewing the shortlist on RTÉ Radio 1's Arena and you can listen back on Arena's Books podcasts.

Books shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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