2011 Shortlist International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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Logo of International IMPAC Dublin Literary AwardOn the 12 April the Shortlist of the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award will be announced. This will be chosen from the longlist of 162 titles which is uniquely based on nominations from libraries around the world. Most of these novels are available to borrow from Dublin City Public Libraries and can be found on our catalogue.

Some of this years most popular books with the nominating libraries include:

The Gate at the Stairs

A Gate at the Stairs Lorrie MooreThe Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

Twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the daughter of a gentleman farmer, has come to a university town as a student. When she takes a job as a part-time nanny for a mysterious and glamorous family, she finds herself drawn deeper into their world and forever changed. Told through the eyes of this memorable narrator, A Gate at the Stairs is a piercing novel of race, class, love, and war in America.

Nominated by:

  • Richland County Public Library, USA
  • Miami-Dade Public Library System, USA
  • Lincoln City Libraries, USA.
  • Milwaukee Public Library, USA.
  • Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek, Norway
  • Biblioteques de Barcelona, Spain.
  • Serres Central Public Library, Greece.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Colm ToibinBrooklyn by Colm Tóibín

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.

Nominated by:

  • Dublin City Public Libraries, Ireland
  • The Free State Provincial Library Service, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, USA
  • Cape Town Central Library, South Africa
  • Zentralbibliothek Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Openbare Bibliotheek Gent, Belgium.
  • Boston Public Library, USA.
  • San Francisco Public Library, USA .
  • London's Public Libraries, England.
  • Dunedin Public Libraries, New Zealand.
  • Richland County Public Library, USA.
  • San José Public Library, USA.
  • Chicago Public Library, USA.

Let the Great World Spin

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCannLet the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

New York, August 1974: a man is walking in the sky. Between the newly built Twin Towers, the man twirls through the air. Far below, the lives of complete strangers spin towards each other.

Nominated by:

  • Dublin City Public Libraries, Ireland
  • Waterford County Library, Ireland.
  • Cork City Libraries, Ireland.
  • Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek
  • Stadtbücherei Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
  • Stadtbüchereien Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • Münchner Stadtbibliothek, Germany.
  • Seattle Public Library, USA.
  • Milwaukee Public Library, USA.
  • Bibliothèques Municipales Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Boston Public Library, USA.
  • Halifax Public Libraries, Canada.
  • Municipal Library of Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Richmond Public Library, USA.

The Blind Side of the Heart

The Blind Side of the HeartThe Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck

Amid the chaos of civilians fleeing West in a provincial German railway station in 1945 Helene has brought her seven-year-old son. Having survived with him through the horrors and deprivations of the war years, she abandons him on the station platform and never returns.

Nominated by:

  • Stadtbibliothek Bremen, Germany
  • Serres Central Public Library, Greece
  • Stavanger Bibliotek og Kulturhus, Norway
  • Rijeka City Library , Iceland.
  • Bibliotheken der Stadt Mainz,Germany
  • Leipziger Stadtische Bibliotheken, Germany
  • Stadtbüchereien Düsseldorf, Germany

The Help

The Help by Kathryn StockettThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Nominated by:

  • LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library, USA.
  • The National Library of Maldives, Male.
  • San Francisco Public Library, USA.
  • Denver Public Library, USA.
  • Laramie County Library System, USA.
  • Jacksonville Public Library, USA.
  • Houston Public Library, USA.
  • Lincoln Library, USA
  • Katona József County Library, Kecskemet, Hungary
  • Seattle Public Library, USA
  • National Library Service of Barbados, Bridgetown.

The Lacuna

The Lacuna Barbara KingsolverThe Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Born in the US, reared in a series of provisional households in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is mostly a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salomé. From a coastal island jungle to the unpaved neighbourhoods of 1930s Mexico City, through a disastrous stint at a military school in Virginia and back again, his fortunes never steady as Salomé finds her rich men-friends always on the losing side of the Mexican Revolution. Sometimes she gives her son cigarettes instead of supper.

Nominated by:

  • Warsaw Public Library , Poland
  • Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, USA.
  • LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library, Tallahassee, USA
  • Denver Public Library, USA
  • National Library Service of Barbados, Bridgetown
  • Glasgow Libraries Information & Learning, Scotland.
  • Dunedin Public Libraries, New Zealand.

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall Hilary MantelWolf Hall by Hillary Mantel

England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.

Nominated by:

  • City of Johannesburg Library & Information Services, South Africa.
  • The State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  • India International Centre Library, New Delhi, India.
  • Toronto Public Library, Canada.
  • Liverpool Libraries & Information Services, England.
  • Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli, Italy.
  • The Free State Provincial Library Service, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • Lincoln Library, USA.
  • Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, USA.
  • Richmond Public Library, USA

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