Irish award might help you choose a good read for 2012

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With a prize of €100,000, the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award is the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. The Award is a result of a partnership between Dublin City Council and IMPAC, a company which operates in over 50 countries and is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries.

The unique thing about this award is that the nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities all over the world, each participating library being able to make 3 nominations on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.

Our own State Library of NSW is one of the participants.

The longlist was announced yesterday and if you click here you can read the full long list and also read a plot summary of each one. A judging panel then comes to a shortlist of 10 titles (due in April 2012) before the winner is announced in June 2012.

This year the 147 eligible nominated novels have come from 122 cities and 45 countries worldwide. Thirty-four of the nomintated titles have been translated into English from 18 different languages. Thirty-one of the nominated titles are first novels.

Australian nominees are Roger McDonald for When Colts Ran, Kim Scott for That Deadman Dance and Chris Womersley for Bereft.

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