Irish novel shortlisted for €100,000 Dublin Literary Award

An Irish novel is one of six books shortlisted for this year’s Dublin Literary Award.

Now in its 27th year, the Dublin City Council-sponsored prize is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a work of fiction published in English and is worth €100,000 for the winner.

If the book has been translated, the author receives €75,000 and the translator €25,000.

Distinctive among literary awards, nominations are chosen by librarians and readers from a network of libraries around the world.

The 2022 winner will be chosen from a diverse and international shortlist that includes two novels in translation and one newbie novelist.

The shortlist includes authors from France, Ireland, Nigeria, New Zealand and Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg (Alderville First Nation, Canadian).

The Irish title nominated for the 2022 award is The art of falling by Danielle McLaughlin, which was published by John Murray and nominated by Cork City Libraries, Ireland.

The 27th winner of the Dublin Literary Award will be announced by its patron, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland, on May 19 as part of the opening day program of the Dublin International Literary Festival.

The pre-selected titles are Sympathy from a distance by Catherine Chidgey, At night all the blood is black by David Diop The death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi, The art of falling by Danielle McLaughlin Noopiming: The cure for white women by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and The art of losing by Alice Zeniter.

Dublin City Librarian Mairead Owens hailed the prize for breaking down barriers across literature by inviting readers around the world to read translated books from different languages ​​and cultures.

“Selecting six titles for this year’s Dublin Literary Award shortlist from a long list of 79 is a challenge, and I commend our jury for presenting us with stories that exemplify the breadth of human thought, endurance and response during life’s tense and difficult times,” she says.

“This year’s shortlist is moving for readers, encouraging us to experience other realities.

“Each book deserves our attention and will leave us in question. I encourage readers to delve into the list and choose their favorite for themselves before the winner of this year’s Dublin Literary Award is announced on Thursday 19 May.

The international jury that selected the shortlist and will select the winner includes Dublin-based writer Sinéad Moriarty, poet and translator Alvin Pang from Singapore, a Cork native and professor of English at Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, Clíona Ní Ríordáin, creative writer Professor Emmanuel Dandaura and writer and journalist Victoria White.

The non-voting chairman is Professor Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin.

Irene B. Bowles