Belfast Telegraph

Writers compete for literary prize

Four Irish novels have been nominated for the world's richest literary prize.

A total of 162 writers are on the long-list for the 2011 International Impac Dublin Award - worth 100,000 euro and voted for by readers in public libraries worldwide.

The books include Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann, nominated by libraries in Germany, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the USA.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, who won in 2006, was put forward by Belgium, England, Ireland, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA.

Love And Summer by William Trevor was voted for by libraries in Ireland and the USA while John The Revelator by Peter Murphy, was nominated by Limerick City Library, Ireland.

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City librarian, announced a total of 162 titles were in the running for the award.

"In the year when Dublin was designated as a City of Literature by UNESCO, it is wonderful that four Irish authors have been nominated for the 100,000 euro award next year," she said.

"Two of the Irish authors were also the most popular choices by libraries worldwide, with Colum McCann's novel receiving 14 nominations and Colm Toibin receiving 13 nominations."

The long-list of nominations came from 126 cities and 43 countries worldwide - 42 are titles in translation spanning 14 languages and 35 are first novels.

Other novels nominated for the 2011 award include Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, winner of the 2010 Orange Prize and Brodeck's Report by Philippe Claudel, winner of the 2010 Independent Prize for Fiction.

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