McCann Wins IMPAC

Colum McCann has won the 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize for his novel Let The Great World Spin. The award, the richest in the book world, carries a €100,000 prize for the winner.

McCann was born in Ireland but has lived in the United States since the mid-1990s. He defeated nine other authors including Colm Tóibín and William Trevor to gain the prize.

His book had previously won the National Book Award in the United States in 2009.

There’s an excellent feature piece with Eileen Battersby in today’s Irish Times:

Books were always at hand. His father, Seán McCann, was the features editor at the Irish Press . “He would give me a book and say ‘here, have a look at this’. I was always reading, everything, Kerouac. It was great. Then I decided I would write the great Irish novel but I couldn’t. I wasn’t messed-up enough. I was this middle class boy from the Clonkeen Road and had had a happy childhood.”

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Colum McCann. European Graduate School,, Photograph by Hendrik Speck,, Source: