2021 Winner

2021

Nominated by Biblioteca Vila de Gràcia
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Judges

Chris Morash (Non Voting Chair)

Chris Morash (Non Voting Chair)

Chris Morash is the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing in Trinity College Dublin.  His most recent book, Dublin: A Writer’s City was published in 2023. He is currently editing the Cambridge History of the Irish Novel and writing a new book about Irish literary salons.  He was the 2022 Macgeorge Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and curated the Unseen Plays series for the Abbey Theatre (2021).

David James Karashima

David James Karashima

David Karashima is an author, translator and associate professor of creative writing at Waseda University in Tokyo. He has translated a range of contemporary Japanese authors into English, including Hitomi Kanehara, Hisaki Matsuura, and Shinji Ishii. He coedited (with Elmer Luke) the anthology March Was Made of Yarn: Writers Respond to the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown and is coeditor (with Michael Emmerich) of Pushkin Press’s Contemporary Japanese Novellas series. Who We’re Reading When We’re Reading Murakami, his book on Haruki Murakami’s early English translators/translations, was published by Soft Skull Press in 2020.

Dr. Martín Veiga

Dr. Martín Veiga

Martín Veiga is a Cork-based Galician poet, translator and academic. He lectures in Hispanic Studies at University College Cork and is the director of the Irish Centre for Galician Studies. His poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, and he is the author of six award-winning poetry collections, including As últimas ruínas (Espiral Maior Poetry Prize), Ollos de ámbar (Esquío Poetry Prize), Fundaxes (Fiz Vergara Vilariño Poetry Prize) and Diario de Crosses Green, translated into English by Keith Payne as Diary of Crosses Green. His most recent books are the poetry collection a ganancia e a perda and the bilingual Galician-English volume Jewels in the Mud: Selected Poems 1990-2020. In 2017 he was awarded the Pedrón de Honra Prize for his trajectory in the international promotion of Galician culture. Photo Credit –  Pedro Nilsson-Fernàndez.

Dr. Rita Sakr

Dr. Rita Sakr

Rita Sakr grew up in Lebanon reading world literature in three languages, studied and worked at British universities, and has been living in Ireland for the past ten years. She is Lecturer in Postcolonial and Global Literatures at Maynooth University. Among various other publications, she is the author of Monumental Space in the Post-Imperial Novel: An Interdisciplinary Study and of ‘Anticipating’ the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Revolutionary Literatures and Political Geographies, co-editor of  The Ethics of Representation in Literature, Art and Journalism: Transnational Responses to the Siege of Beirut, and co-director/co-producer of the RCUK-funded documentary on Beirut, White Flags. Rita currently researches literary/cultural production related to forced displacement and serves on committees and projects focused on migration and sanctuary.

Enda Wyley

Enda Wyley

Enda Wyley is an Irish poet, author and teacher. She has published six collections of poetry, from her debut Eating Baby Jesus, (1993 ), through to Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems, (2014), and her most recent, The Painter on his Bike (2019 ), all published by Dedalus Press. Awards include the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, Melbourne University and she is a recipient of a Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship for Poetry. She has been widely broadcast, translated and anthologised, including in The Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry. Her books for children include, I won’t Go to China! Boo and Bear and The Silver Notebook, O’Brien Press. With her husband Peter Sirr she co-hosts the podcast Books for Breakfast, about books and writing. Enda Wyley is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of artists.

Jan Carson

Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears and short story collection, Children’s Children, (Liberties Press), two micro-fiction collections, Postcard Stories and Postcard Stories 2 (Emma Press). Her novel The Fire Starters was published by Doubleday in April 2019. It won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland in 2019 and the Kitschies Prize for Speculative Fiction in 2020. It was shortlisted for the Dalkey Book Prize in 2020. The Last Resort, a ten part BBC Radio 4 short story series and accompanying short story collection is forthcoming from Doubleday in early 2021. In 2018 Jan was the inaugural Translink/Irish Rail Roaming Writer in Residence on the Trains of Ireland. She was the Open Book Scotland Writer in Lockdown 2020.

Photo Credit – Jess Lowe

SHORTLIST LIBRARIES

Mexico
The collection consists of more than 625,000 book titles and brochures, and approximately 770,000 volumes.
Spain
The local collection consists of all kinds of documents thematically related to the neighborhood of Vila de Gràcia and Camp d’en Grassot i Gràcia Nova..
USA
The Cleveland Public Library is a public library system in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1869, it had a circulation of 3.5 million items in 2020.
USA
The District of Columbia Public Library was created by an act of Congress in 1896 “to furnish books and other printed matter and information service..
USA
Reputedly we are the largest public library west of the Mississippi River, with a Central Library and 72 branches. We have over 6 million books..
USA
We are the oldest State Library in the United States, dating our founding to 1717.
Belgium
‘De Krook’ opened the 10th of March 2017. The complex contains the library of Gent but also offices and laboratories of the university of Gent..
Norway
Deichman consists of 22 local libraries located all over Oslo. Deichman was founded in 1785 and is Norway’s oldest and largest public library. Oslo’s new..
USA
The mission of the Richmond Public Library is to inform, enrich, and empower Richmond’s residents: to enrich lives and expand opportunities for all citizens by..
Ireland
South Dublin Libraries is proud to be a part of several national and local initiatives.
Sweden
Did you know that the library is always open? It is if you visit the library online via a computer, mobile phone or tablet PC…
Switzerland
The University Library of Bern not only provides books and journals in print and electronic format and access to subject-specific databases, but also offers courses..
Ireland
Waterford Libraries has 12 public branches spread throughout Waterford City and County, with a centrally located headquarters on the outskirts of Waterford City. Our libraries..
Canada
Visitors to the Winnipeg Public Library checked out over 4.8 million items in 2018, including e-Books. The library has both adult and children’s books in..
Germany
With a total of over 3.5 million individual media and currently 1.5 million visitors a year, the Berlin Central and Regional Library (ZLB) is Germany’s..

LONGLIST LIBRARIES

Auckland LibrariesBiblioteca Daniel Cosío VillegasBiblioteca Demonstrativa Maria da Conceição Moreira SallesBiblioteca Nazionale di Napoli “Vittorio Emanuele III”Biblioteca Pública Municipal do Porto / Porto Municipal LibrariesBiblioteca Vila de GràciaBibliotheek Den Haag (Libraries of The Hague)Bibliothèques Municipales GenèveChicago Public LibraryChristchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o ŌtautahiCleveland Public LibraryCork City LibrariesDC Public LibraryDe Bibliotheek UtrechtDunedin Public LibrariesFree Library of PhiladelphiaGradska knjižnice Rijeka (Rijeka City Library)Helsinki City LibraryJamaica Library ServiceKatona József Library of Bács-Kiskun CountyLeipziger Städtische BibliothekenLos Angeles Public LibraryMestna knjižnica Ljubljana/Ljubljana City LibraryMünchner StadtbibliothekNew Hampshire State LibraryNorfolk Library and Information ServiceOklahoma Department of LibrariesOpenbare Bibliotheek Brugge (Bruges Public Library)Openbare Bibliotheek GentOpenbare Bibliotheek, AmsterdamOpenbare Bibliotheek, EindhovenOslo Public Library (Deichman)Ottawa Public LibraryRede de Bibliotecas de LisboaRéseau des bibliothèques de ColmarRichland LibraryRichmond Public LibrarySaint John Free Public LibrarySan Diego Public LibrarySeattle Public LibrarySlemani (سلێمانی / السليمانية) Public LibrarySølvberget Library & Culture CentreSouth Dublin LibrariesStadtbibliothek BremenStadtbücherei Frankfurt am MainState Library of New South WalesState Library of QueenslandState Library of South AustraliaStockholm Public LibraryTampere City LibraryThe National Library of AustraliaThe National Library of MalaysiaThe State Library of VictoriaUniversitäts-und Landesbibliothek BonnUniversitätsbibliothek BernVancouver Public LibraryVeria Central Public LibraryWaterford City and County LibrariesWinnipeg Public LibraryWojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna im. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego w Łodzi (Jozef Pilsudski Regional and Municipal Public Library in Lodz)Zentral- und Landesbibliothek BerlinZentralbibliothek Zürich

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