7 Irish novels are among 147 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 43 novels in translation with works by 43 American, 23 British, 14 Canadian, 10 Australian, 5 New Zealander and 4 Dutch authors.
The Irish titles nominated for 2017 are:
• The Blue Guitar by John Banville
• Beatlebone by Kevin Barry
• Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
• The Green Road by Anne Enright
• The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
• Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
• Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
The International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly known as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 147 books eligible for the 2017 award were nominated by libraries in 109 cities and 40 countries worldwide; noting that 43 are titles in translation, spanning 19 languages and 30 are first novels. Among the 43 translated books are novels originally published in Arabic, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Kannada, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Slovene and Turkish. Translated authors include Milan Kundera, Mia Couto and Isabel Allende.
More details on the longlist are available at www.dublinliteraryaward.ie