The shortlist of ten novels for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award has just been announced, with a slate that includes three translated foreign novels, as well as one entry from a local author and past winner, Colum McCann.

The Award materials state that: “The IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 [$107,308] to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched on 7th April 1995, making this year our 20th anniversary.”

The three translated titles on the shortlist are: Horses of God by Mahi Binebine (Moroccan), translated from French by Lulu Norman, K by Bernardo Kucinski (Brazilian), translated from Portuguese by Sue Branford, and Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andreï Makine (French, Russian-born), translated from French by Geoffrey Strachan.

“The titles on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA,” said Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, Patron of the Award, in the announcement. “This is a list of high quality literature with three novels in translation which might not otherwise be brought to the attention of readers.”

According to the release, the judging panel of Valentine Cunningham, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Daniel Hahn, Kate Pullinger and Jordi Soler, chaired by the Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, will select one winner which will be announced by the Lord Mayor on June 17th.

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Paul St John Mackintosh is a British poet, writer of dark fiction, and media pro with a love of e-reading. His gadgets range from a $50 Kindle Fire to his trusty Vodafone Smart Grand 6. Paul was educated at public school and Trinity College, Cambridge, but modern technology saved him from the Hugh Grant trap. His acclaimed first poetry collection, The Golden Age, was published in 1997, and reissued on Kindle in 2013, and his second poetry collection, The Musical Box of Wonders, was published in 2011.


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