Four Irish Authors On The IMPAC 2011 Longlist

William Trevor, Colum McCann, Colm Toibin and Peter Murphy have made the longlist for the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award 2011.

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian announced that a total of 162 titles have been nominated for the €100,000 Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. ‘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 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 Tóibín receiving 13 nominations.’

The 162 eligible nominations come from 126 cities and 43 countries worldwide. 42 are titles in translation, spanning 14 languages and 35 are first novels.

The shortlist will be made public on 12th April 2011 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on 15th June.

The 2011 Judging Panel includes Irish author, John Boyne; Susan Bassnett, British writer, translator and academic; Nancy Huston, Canadian / French author; Michael Hofman, German poet and translator and Tessa Hadley, Welsh author and academic. The Non-voting Chairperson is Eugene R. Sullivan.

The complete longlist can be viewed or downloaded here.