What to read?


On November 2, the longlist was announced for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - the largest prize worldwide for a single work of fiction published in English.

The prize is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality, provided the work has been published in English or as an English translation. The annual award is €100,000 and is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries. The titles are nominated by 163 libraries in 43 different countries.

The list includes 156 authors from 46 countries, written in 18 languages. 41 are translated from languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Icelandic, Serbian and Slovenian. 33 are first novels (Look for more FFF to come).

Among the nominated is the winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize - (The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga); the winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize - (The Slap by Christos Tsiolka); the winner of the 2009 Orange Prize - (Home by Marilynne Robinson); and the winner of the 2009 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize - (The Armies by Evelio Rosero).

Dublin City Council will announce the shortlist on 14th April 2010. The Lord Mayor will reveal the winning novel on 17th June 2010.

Want to share your shortlist with us?



Here is my shortlist thus far:

Kate Atkinson's When Will There Be Good News?
Louis Bayard's The Black Tower
Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book
Arnaldur Indridson's Arctic Chill (translated from Icelandic)
Joseph O'Neill's Netherland

Now I look forward to reading more of the translated titles. I am likely to change my mind...

Some of the books that were translated titles nominated, we have in the original language as well. For instane, Los ejércitos (the Armies) by Evelio Rosero is available in Spanish.

Hey thanks, lucroe. Good to know. We do have a marvelous collection of fiction titles in the World Language Collection, and not just old classics either.