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Friday, November 13, 2015

2016 International Dublin Literary Award Longlist

International DUBLIN Literary AwardThe 2015 literary award season is winding down, but a 2016 list has already made an appearance.  The longlist for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award (formerly the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) was announced earlier this week.   At €100,000, this is the world’s most valuable annual literary prize.
The Award, presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English, aims to promote excellence in world literature.  Nominations are submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world; to be eligible for the 2016 prize, books must be of high literary merit and must have been first published in English or in English translation in 2014.   

Canadians on the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award Longlist
Ten Canadian novels appear on the longlist; those titles are
Sweetland by Michael Crummey
Outline by Rachel Cusk
The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
Who by Fire by Fred Stenson
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Will Starling by Ian Weir
The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner

Libraries in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Saint John, St. John’s Sydney, Toronto and Winnipeg nominated books for the 2016 award.  To see what books were nominated by which libraries, check out

Two Canadians have won the prize in the past:  Alistair MacLeod for No Great Mischief in 2002 and Rawi Hage for De Niro’s Game in 2008.

Other Nominees
For the complete longlist and information about each book, visit  It looks like a great list to peruse when looking for your next read.
I have read 15 of the titles from this list.  If I have not already posted reviews of them, I will do so in the next few weeks.
                Sweetland by Michael Crummy (reviewed on November 18)
                All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (reviewed on September 22)
                The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (reviewed on October 20)
                Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (reviewed on August 22)
                Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
                The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (reviewed on September 13)
                The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
                Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch (reviewed on September 5)
                The Children Act by Ian McEwan
                Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
                Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
                All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (reviewed on July 20)
                Nora Webster by Colm Tóibin
                Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof
                The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (reviewed on November 26)
A shortlist, up to a maximum of ten titles, chosen by judges will be announced in April, and the winner will be announced in June.

I have only 145 more books to read!!