Library Nominations for 2022 are now OPEN!

We are delighted to announce that the Nomination process for the 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award has officially begun and we are inviting our network of libraries to participate in the 27th year of this prestigious international literary award. The award is unique because the books are nominated by libraries throughout the world.  It is presented annually for a novel written in English, or in English translation from any language. A panel of six judges will decide on the winning book for its high literary merit.   In May, Mexican author Valeria Luiselli won the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award for her novel, Lost Children Archive, which was nominated for the Award by just one library: Biblioteca Vila de Gràcia in Barcelona, Spain. Warmest congrats to Juli and Ivan from Biblioteca Vila de Gràcia for choosing the 2021 Winner. Your library might have the honour of choosing the 27h Winner for the 2022 Award! If your library would like to get involved, please get in touch by emailing literaryaward@dublincity.ie. You can view the complete 2022 Rules and Conditions in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese by clicking on the relevant language.

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Colm Tóibín in Conversation with 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award Winner Valeria Luiselli

  You can watch back Colm Tóibín in conversation with 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award Winner Valeria Luiselli. This very special one-off event took place at the close of 2021 ILFDublin, a partner of DUBLIN Literary Award. As the event was free, you simply need to register, using the following link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/dublin-literary-award-winner-event.

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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli is the winner of the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award

Mexican author Valeria Luiselli has won the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council, for her novel Lost Children Archive  (published by 4th Estate (Harper Collins) in the UK and Vintage Books (Alfred A. Knopf) in the USA. With prize money of €100,000, the Award is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Valeria Luiselli is the first writer from Mexico and the fifth woman to claim the prestigious award in its 26 year history. Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced on Thursday the 20th May at a special online event, at the opening of the International Literature Festival Dublin, which runs until May 30th.  Lord Mayor Hazel Chu made the announcement from Dublin, with the presentation to the winner taking place at the Irish Consulate in New York City, where Valeria Luiselli resides. Consul General Ciarán Madden, and previous winner of the DUBLIN Literary Award Colm Tóibín, were delighted to present  Luiselli with her award on behalf of Dublin City Council. Irish author Colm Tóibín won the DUBLIN Literary Award in 2006 for his novel The Master. Watch Valeria Luiselli’s acceptance speech HERE. Accepting her award, winner Valeria Luiselli spoke passionately about the importance of literature now more than ever: ‘I can say, without a hint of doubt, that without books – without sharing in the company of other writers’ human experiences - we would not have made it...

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ILFDublin & DUBLIN Literary Award | Shortlist Podcast Series hosted by Jessica Traynor & Maeve Higgins

Presented in partnership with International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin), both Dublin City Council initiatives,  a special Shortlist podcast series has been produced which will be hosted by Irish writers Jessica Traynor and Maeve Higgins. Over the course of 6 episodes, Jessica and Maeve will discuss each of the shortlisted books and speak exclusively to the authors and translators in contention for the award. Episode 1: Colum McCann in conversation with Maeve Higgins International Literature Festival Dublin · ILFDublin X 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist Podcast Ep 1: Colum McCann Episode 2: Ocean Vuong in conversation with Jessica Traynor   Episode 3: Valeria Luiselli in conversation with Maeve Higgins I Episode 4: The Nickel Boys: Jessica Traynor in conversation with Jess Kav International Literature Festival Dublin · ILFDublin X 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist Podcast Ep 4: The Nickel Boys Episode 5: Hurricane Season: Fernanda Melchor & Sophie Hughes in conversation with Maeve Higgins International Literature Festival Dublin · ILFDublin X 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist Podcast Ep 5: Fernanda Melchor & Sophie Hughes Episode 6: Girl, Woman, Other: Bernardine Evaristo in conversation with Jessica Traynor You can listen to this podcast on Tuesday, 18th May 2021.   Winner Announced on Thursday the 20th May at 1pm. You can book your FREE ticket at https://bit.ly/2021Winner.    

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2021 ‘Shortlist on Film’: Dramatised Readings Performed by Well-Known Actors

We are delighted to share with you, short films featuring Irish actors performing short excerpts from the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist.  A new film will be premiered every Thursday, commencing 1st April. Special thank you to Bazar Productions for producing these beautiful films, commissioned specially for the launch of the 2021 Shortlist.   The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, performed by Kwaku Fortune   Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes & performed by Cathy Belton   Apeirogon by Colum McCann, performed by Kwaku Fortune   On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, performed by Donking Rongavilla  

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Dublin City Council announces the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist

6 novels have been shortlisted for the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council. Celebrating 26 years, this award is the world's most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000.  Distinctive among literary prizes, nominations are chosen by librarians and readers from a network of libraries around the world. The 2021 Award winner will be chosen from a diverse and international shortlist which includes a novel in translation, an English language debut and a first-time novelist. The Shortlist features three women and three men who come from Ireland, Mexico, the UK and the USA. The 26th winner of the Dublin Literary Award will be announced by its Patron, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu on Thursday 20th May, as part of the opening day programme of International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin), which is also funded by Dublin City Council. Following their partnership with ILFDublin in August 2020, the DUBLIN Literary Award has moved the winner announcement permanently to May, to coincide with the festival.   The shortlisted titles are: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (British). Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd. and Penguin Books Ltd. Nominated by libraries in Berlin, Germany and Waterford, Ireland.  Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Mexican). Published by Alfred A. Knopf and 4th Estate. Nominated by Vila de Gràcia Library, Barcelona, Spain. Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Irish). Published by Bloomsbury Publishing. Nominated by South...

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2021 DUBLIN Literary Award eZine edition is live!

DUBIN Literary Award's move from print to digital has produced its first eZine - a digital edition of the annual magazine,  available now to view or to print. The FREE magazine contains full details of the 49 longlisted books, along with author and translator biographies. The 2021 Shortlist will be announced on Thursday, 25th March 2021 and the Winner will be announced on Thursday, 20th May 2021. You can view the 2021 eZine here.  

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Prof. Chris Morash joins Seán Rocks on RTÉ Arena to discuss this year’s nominations

Professor Chris Morash, Chair of the DUBLIN Literary Award, joined Seán Rocks on RTÉ Arena to discuss this year's nominations. PROF. CHRIS MORASH (Non-Voting Chair) is the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing in Trinity College Dublin, where he served as Vice-Provost of the university from 2016-19. He has published extensively on Irish culture, including studies of Irish Famine literature, A History the Irish Theatre 1601-2000, A History of the Media in Ireland, and he is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). From 2009 to 2014, he served as the first chair of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. He was elected to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007, and to Fellowship of Trinity in 2016. He is originally from Nova Scotia. You can listen back here to the interview.  

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Dublin City Council Announces the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Longlist of Library Nominations

Four novels from Ireland are among the 49 books nominated by libraries around the world for the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award, which is sponsored by Dublin City Council. Now in its 26th year, this award is the world's most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, worth €100,000 to the winner. Nominations include 18 novels in translation with works nominated by libraries from 30 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand. If the winning book has been translated, the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000. Speaking about the longlist, Patron of the Award, Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu, commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature and the opportunity it provides to promote Irish writing internationally: ‘Readers each year anticipate the longlist and later the shortlist with keen excitement and interest. This anticipation will be rewarded when I announce the twenty-sixth winner on Thursday, 20th May 2021. As Patron of the Award, I am extremely proud of the DUBLIN Literary Award as it affirms Dublin’s commitment to international writers and translators, to literature and creativity. It’s more important than ever that Dublin City Council does its best to support the Arts in such challenging times and the DUBLIN Literary Award is a huge statement of encouragement and support.’ The DUBLIN Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 49 books eligible for the...

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Dublin City Council Announces Milkman by Anna Burns as the Winner of the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Irish author Anna Burns has won the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council, for her novel Milkman (published by Faber & Faber and Graywolf Press). With prize money of €100,000, the Award is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland and the fourth woman to claim the prestigious award in its 25-year history. Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced on the morning of Thursday the 22nd October at a special online event as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin which runs online until Oct 28th. The announcement was delivered from the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, 43 metres above ground level, as well as the Irish Embassy, London, where speakers and interviews had been filmed at an earlier date (before newly announced level 5 restrictions). The award is usually presented by Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council in the Mansion House each year, however due to the pandemic the Award organisers were unable to invite the winner to travel to Dublin from her home in England for the ceremony. On this occasion, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom, Mr Adrian O’Neill, was delighted to present Irish author Anna Burns with her award.   Commenting on her win, Anna Burns said; 'What an honour. I'm thrilled to bits and am about to break...

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