July 23, 2011 By

Three Irish authors long listed for world’s most lucrative literary prize

images (1)_0Three biggest names in Irish literature Donal Ryan, Colm Toibin and David Park have been nominated for the largest literary prize in the world, the 100,000 Euro International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Launching the 2014 award, Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, said the event promotes world literature and Irish writing internationally.

The shortlist will be announced publicly on April 9. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges which includes Irish novelist John Boyne, German poet and translator Michael Hofmann and Welsh author Tessa Hadley, with an announcement on  June 15. The Spinning Heart by Ryan was nominated by Cork City Libraries and by Dublin City Public Libraries, while Toibin’s The Testament of Mary was nominated by Bibliotheque Municipale de Mulhouse, France and by Winnipeg Public Library in Canada. The Light of Amsterdam, by Northern Irish writer Park, was nominated by Tampere City Library, Finland. Other nominations by libraries in hundred and ten cities and thirty nine countries include fifty one American works, twenty three British and eleven Canadian novels and forty one novels in translation.

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