A Novel from Ireland is among six books nominated for this year’s Dublin Literary Awards.
In its 27th year, the prize, sponsored by Dublin City Council, is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English and is worth €100,000 to the winner.
If the book is translated, the author receives 75,000 euros and the translator 25,000 euros.
The nominations, unique among literary awards, are selected by librarians and readers from a network of libraries around the world.
The 2022 winner will be selected from a diverse and international shortlist, which includes two novels in translation and one first-time novelist.
The shortlist includes authors who are French, Irish, Nigerian, a New Zealander and Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg (Alderville First Nation, Canada).
The Irish title nominated for the 2022 award is The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin, edited by John Murray and nominated by Cork City Libraries, Ireland.
The 27th winner of the Dublin Literary Award will be announced by its Patron Alison Gilliland, Mayor of Dublin, on 19 May during the opening program of the International Literature Festival Dublin.
The nominated titles are distant sympathy by Catherine Chidgey, At night all blood is black by David Diop, The death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi, The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin, Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and The art of losing by Alice Zeniter.
City of Dublin Librarian Mairead Owens praised the award for breaking down barriers through literature by inviting readers around the world to read books translated from different languages and cultures.
“Choosing six titles for this year’s Dublin Literary Award shortlist from a longlist of 79 is a challenge and I commend our jury for presenting us with stories that span the range of human thought, perseverance and response in tense environments and illustrate challenging moments in life. ” She said.
“This year’s shortlist is very touching for readers and encourages us to experience a sense of other realities.
“Each book deserves our attention and will challenge us. I encourage readers to dive into the list and vote for their own favorites before this year’s Dublin Literary Award winner is announced on Thursday 19 May.”
The international jury that selected the shortlist and will select the winner consists of Dublin writer Sinéad Moriarty, Singaporean poet and translator Alvin Pang, a native of Cork and Professor of English at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, Clíona Ní Ríordáin, creative writer Professor Emmanuel Dandaura and writer and journalist Victoria White.
The non-voting Chair is Professor Chris Morash, the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin.
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