2023 Winner

2023

Translated by

Jo Heinrich

Nominated by Stadtbüchereien Düsseldorf

Judges

Arunava Sinha

Arunava Sinha

“I’d just like to say that even after more than four decades of reading, it is impossible not to be astonished by the books we are reading.”

Arunava Sinha translates fiction, non-fiction and poetry from Bengali to English, and from English to Bengali. Over seventy of his publications have been published so far. He has won several translation awards in India, and has been shortlisted for a number of international awards. He is the co-director of the Ashoka Centre for Translation.

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).

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

“To plunge oneself into such an ocean of literature is a joy and an education, but the process of reading so many wonderful books has also been deeply exhilarating.”

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual poet, essayist and translator. Her prose début A Ghost in the Throat went on to be described as “powerful” (New York Times) and “captivatingly original” (The Guardian). It won the James Tait Black Prize and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, while the US edition was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a New York Times Notable Book. Doireann is also the author of six critical- ly-acclaimed books of poetry.

Gabriel Gbadamosi

Gabriel Gbadamosi

“Between Newfoundland women & Egyptian Mamluk emirs I meet African American detectives and an Oklahoma boy with a glint in his brain. The winner is clearly the readers at all those libraries that nominate a book.”

Gabriel Gbadamosi is an Irish and Nigerian poet, playwright and critic. His London novel Vauxhall won the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize and Best International Novel at the Sharjah Book Fair. He was AHRC Creative and Performing Arts Fellow at the Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths in European and African performance; a Judith E. Wilson Fellow for creative writing at Cambridge University; and Writer in Residence at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

Marie Hermet

Marie Hermet

“I travel from XVth Century Constantinople to modern Japan without leaving my couch, and I emerge late, blinking…What’s for dinner? No idea, but let me tell you about the extraordinary book I’ve just read.”

Marie Hermet is a literary translator, reader and scout for French publishing houses. So far she has translated over sixty works of fiction and non-fiction from English, some by favourite Irish authors Donal Ryan, Roddy Doyle and Dermot Bolger. Marie also teaches translation and creative writing at the Université Paris Cité, where her curricula have a strong focus on Irish literature.

Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss

“I’m always telling students to read what’s interesting rather than what they know they’ll like and I thought it would be good for me to walk a path laid by others, but I hadn’t anticipated the wildness of the ride.”

Sarah Moss was born in Glasgow and grew up in northern England. She is the author of eight novels, including The Fell, Summerwater and Ghost Wall. She has BA, M. St. and D.Phil degrees in English Literature from Oxford University and taught at the universities of Kent, Exeter, Iceland and Warwick before moving to Dublin where she teaches on the MA and MFA in Creative Writing at UCD.

SHORTLIST LIBRARIES

Mexico
The collection consists of more than 625,000 book titles and brochures, and approximately 770,000 volumes.
USA
The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community..
Croatia
Central public library in Rijeka, Croatia. Library which is seen as one of the most innovative, progressive and proactive in the region. Focused on quality..
USA
Hartford Public Library provides free resources that inspire reading, guide learning, and encourage individual exploration.
Hungary
The Katona József Library launched the Bács-Kiskun County Library Supply Service (BKSZ) in 2005.
Germany
Stadtbüchereien Düsseldorf nominated the 2023 Dublin Literary Award winner, Marzahn, Mon Amour, by Katja Oskamp, translated by Jo Heinrich and published by Pereine Press

LONGLIST LIBRARIES

Serbia
Since October 1986, the Belgrade City Library has been located in the former building of the hotel Srpska kruna. The hotel was constructed around 1867..
Mexico
The collection consists of more than 625,000 book titles and brochures, and approximately 770,000 volumes.
Spain
The Library of Andalusia is the central library of the Andalusian System of Libraries and Documentation Centres.
Brazil
The Maria da Conceição Moreira Salles Demonstration Library, also known as BDB, a reference to its previous name, is a federal public library created in..
Italy
The Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III (Victor Emmanuel III National Library) is a national library of Italy. It occupies the eastern wing of the 18th-century..
Portugal
The Municipal Public Library of Porto is a library located at the beginning of Rua de D. João IV, in front of the Jardim de..
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..
Egypt
The unique role of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina focuses on four main aspects, which seek to recapture the spirit of the original ancient Library of Alexandria…
Canada
The Bibliothèque de Québec is a network of twenty-six libraries in the six boroughs of Quebec City. The Gabrielle-Roy Library is the network’s main library…
France
The Carnegie Library is a notable monument in Reims renowned for its Art Deco architecture. The Library houses an important collection of ancient manuscripts, crime..
Switzerland
The BMs are a service of the Department of Culture and Sport of the City of Geneva and operate as a network. This network makes..
USA
The Boston Public Library is a municipal public library system in Boston, Massachusetts, founded in 1848. The Boston Public Library is also the Library for..
Republic of Korea
Bucheon City is famous for having numerous libraries.
USA
The Main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was Andrew Carnegie’s original library gift to the City of Pittsburgh, and it shared space with..
USA
Since first opening our doors in 1873, we’ve served all Chicagoans with free and open places to gather, learn, connect, read and be transformed.
New Zealand
Christchurch City Libraries has grown from a single room opened at the city’s Mechanics Institute in 1859 to today’s network of 20 libraries, a mobile..
South Africa
Our department consists of 102 service points, including 101 libraries and 1 satellite library. These service points not only loan out books, CDs and DVDs,..
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.
Ireland
Cork City Libraries is a service of Cork City Council. Cork City Libraries provides a range of library and information services to the people of..
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..
Netherlands
Utrecht Public Library is a place where you can read, borrow items and acquire knowledge.
Ireland
The mission of the library service is to connect and empower people, inspire ideas and support community potential.
New Zealand
Dunedin Public Libraries is a network of six libraries and two bookbuses in Dunedin, New Zealand, owned and operated by the Dunedin City Council. The..
USA
The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community..
Ireland
The Galway Library Service consists of 29 libraries in total across the City and County. The 3 libraries in the City are purpose built, full time..
Scotland
We inspire people to become engaged and active in a city globally renowned for culture and sport.
Croatia
Central public library in Rijeka, Croatia. Library which is seen as one of the most innovative, progressive and proactive in the region. Focused on quality..
USA
Hartford Public Library provides free resources that inspire reading, guide learning, and encourage individual exploration.
Finland
Oodi is one of 37 branches of Helsinki City Library and part of the Helmet library network. Oodi’s lending collection is mostly located on the..
India
The Library of the India International Centre established in 1962 is the magnet that draws writers, readers, researchers to its quality collection and beautiful ambience…
USA
The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of..
USA
The Kansas City Public Library is a doorway to knowledge for all people in our community.
Hungary
The Katona József Library launched the Bács-Kiskun County Library Supply Service (BKSZ) in 2005.
USA
https://lclsonline.org/
Germany
The Leipziger Städtische Bibliotheken (LSB) are an important part of the city’s cultural and educational landscape and provide centres for communication and information, reading promotion..
Australia
Tasmania opened one of Australia’s first libraries in 1825 and was the first state in Australia to provide library and archive services.
Ireland
The City Library was originally a Carnegie library set up in 1893 and soon became the Limerick Free library.
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..
Slovenia
Ljubljana City Library, with 35 libraries and 47 bibliobus stops, is the largest general library in Slovenia and the most networked cultural institution in the..
USA
Serves a population of over 2.5 million; Welcomes over 6.7 million visitors per year; Has 50 branches, 2 bookmobiles and 1 technobus. Plus, 2 YOUMake..
USA
The Milwaukee Public Library’s historic downtown Central Library is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The building is evolving; in 2010 a 30,000 sq. ft. green roof..
USA
What is now Multnomah County Library dates its existence from 1864, a time when Portland was a frontier town with frame buildings, muddy streets and..
Singapore
The National Library Board (NLB) nurtures Readers for Life, Learning Communities and a Knowledgeable Nation by promoting reading, learning and history through our network of..
USA
We are the oldest State Library in the United States, dating our founding to 1717.
United Kingdom
Norfolk Library and Information Service is nationally recognised as being one of the best library services in the country.
USA
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) is a department of the state of Oklahoma and serves as the official state library for the state of..
Belgium
The Bruges Public Library comprises the main library “De Biekorf (Beehives)” situated in the medieval heart of the city of Bruges, as well as a..
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..
Canada
OPL’s vision is to build community and transform lives; our mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people; our core values are Community,..
England
Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure is a registered charity and as a non-profit organisation any surplus we make will be reinvested for community benefit, to..
Portugal
The Lisbon Libraries, or BLX – Lisbon Libraries, are a set of libraries created and active in the municipality of Lisbon, the first being created..
France
The City of Colmar has a network of libraries to best satisfy the inhabitants of each neighborhood. Pôle média-culture (PMC) Edmond Gerrer – 1 place..
Iceland
The Reykjavík City Library is where you can browse books, join activities, have a coffee, catch an art exhibit, use the Makerspace facilities, enjoy a..
USA
Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and..
Russia
The library was founded by Margarita Ivanovna Rudomino in 1921. It is a unique world famous cultural instituion. Library collection holds 4.5 million volumes in..
USA
The City of San Diego Public Library serves the informational, educational and recreational interests of San Diego through 35 branches, Central Library, the READ/San Diego..
Bulgaria
With the proclamation of Sofia as capital of the new independent Bulgaria in 1879 starts the collection of literature in city organization, economy, book keeping,..
Norway
Sølvberget Library and Culture Centre is the main library in Stavanger and a hub for cultural activities in the Rogaland Region.
Germany
We actively secure and mediate access to the cultural heritage of humanity as well as the wide range of knowledge and up-to-date information. We are..
Germany
Frankfurt am Main is situated in the middle of Europe. A lot of newcomers from all over the world come to live here every year…
Germany
The Heidelberg Public Library is a meeting place for young and old. This is where people learn and read, people exchange ideas. Whether it’s the..
Germany
Stadtbüchereien Düsseldorf nominated the 2023 Dublin Literary Award winner, Marzahn, Mon Amour, by Katja Oskamp, translated by Jo Heinrich and published by Pereine Press
Australia
Founded in 1896, State Library of Queensland is the leading reference and research library in Queensland. State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving a..
Australia
The State Library of South Australia, or SLSA, formerly known as the Public Library of South Australia, located on North Terrace, Adelaide, is the official..
Finland
Tampere City Library offers spaces and collections for information, education and refreshment. At the library you can read and borrow, visit events, meet friends or..
Australia
The Library’s role, as defined by the National Library Act 1960, is to ensure that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the..
Malaysia
The National Library is responsible for providing a collection of knowledge at national level for the present and future generations. In its effort to strengthen..
Australia
Established in 1854 as the Melbourne Public Library, State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public library and one of the first free public libraries in..
Canada
Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban public library system in the world. Every year, we have millions of users visiting our branches and taking..
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..
Canada
Vancouver Public Library has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years.
Greece
The Central Public Library of Veria provides services for education, information and entertainment which contribute to the improvement of the quality of living. We develop..
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..
New Zealand
Our libraries are community focal points, providing knowledge facilities and resources in a welcoming environment. At the moment our main central Library is undergoing a..
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..
Switzerland
With over six million media and more than half a million visitors a year, the Zentralbibliothek Zürich – Zurich’s central library – is one of..

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