Colm Toibin wins the 2006 International Impac Dublin Literary Award

Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin, Irish author extraordinaire, won the world's largest literary purse yesterday for his novel, The Master, which came close to winning the 2004 Man Booker Prize.

Toibin, 51, the first Irish author to win The International Impac Dublin Literary Award, is in great company. Previous winners are Edward P. Jones (2005), Tahar Ben Jelloun (2004), Orhan Pamuk (2003), and Michel Houellebecq (2002).

The IIDLA, worth 100,000 Euros ($125,767), receives nominations from 180 libraries from 43 countries.


I think the largest literary purse is the Nobel Prize for Literature: $1.3 million.

This probably feels like splitting hairs but the Nobel Prize for literature is awarded to the author for his/her whole body of work, while this award is for one particular fiction title.

Either way, it's a nice chunk of change, don't you think?