Tuesday, April 12, 2011

IMPAC/Orange Nominees

The nominees for this year's International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award were announced today and included three novels by Irish writers. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Brooklyn by Colm Toibín and Love and Summer by William Trevor are all on the shortlist, the largest Irish contingent since the award was founded in 1994.

Other titles shortlisted include The Vagrants by Chinese writer Yiyun Li and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Kingsolver's novel, set in 1930s Mexico, includes depictions of seminal artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera who are subject of a new exhibition in the IMMA which opened last week.

The IMPAC award, managed by Dublin City Public Libraries, is voted for by libraries in over 100 cities across the globe. You can see the full shortlist and the libraries that nominated them here.

There was further Irish success in the nominations for the Orange Prize for Fiction announced today, with Dublin-born writer Emma Donoghue's novel Room among the shortlisted titles.