Dublin City Council announces the 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist

6 novels have been shortlisted for the 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council. Celebrating 27 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 2022 Award winner will be chosen from a diverse and international shortlist which includes two novels in translation and a first-time novelist. The shortlist features authors who are French, Irish, Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg (Alderville First Nation, Canadian), New Zealander, and Nigerian. The 27th winner of the Dublin Literary Award will be announced on Monday 23rd May, as part of the opening day programme of International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin), which is also funded by Dublin City Council. The shortlisted titles are: Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey (New Zealander). Published by Europa Editions. Nominated by Auckland Libraries, New Zealand and Dunedin Public Libraries, New Zealand. At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop (French). Translated from the French by Anna Moschovakis. Published by Pushkin Press. Nominated by Bibliothèque de Reims, France. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (Nigerian). Published by Faber & Faber. Nominated by Helsinki City Library, Finland. The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin (Irish). Published by John Murray. Nominated by Cork City Libraries, Ireland. Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg). Published by House of...

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Dublin City Council Announces the 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award Longlist of Library Nominations

  Four novels from Ireland are among the 79 books nominated by libraries around the world for the 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award, which is sponsored by Dublin City Council. Now in its 27th 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 30 novels in translation, spanning 19 languages, with works nominated by 94 libraries from 40 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand. 16 are debut novels. If the winning book has been translated, the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000. The Irish titles nominated for the 2022 Award are: Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan, published by Bloomsbury Circus and nominated by Tartu Public Library, Estonia The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin, published by John Murray and nominated by Cork City Libraries, Ireland Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan, published by Jonathan Cape and nominated by Waterford City and County Libraries, Ireland and Chicago Public Library, USA Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan, published by Doubleday and nominated by Limerick Libraries, Ireland The shortlist will be unveiled on 22nd March and the winner will be announced by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland, on 19th May 2022, as part of the opening day of International Literature Festival Dublin, which is also funded by Dublin City Council. Many of the novels nominated will be available for readers to borrow from Dublin City Libraries and from...

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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 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Winner Valeria Luiselli

  You can watch back Colm Tóibín in conversation with 2021 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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