Dublin Literary Award 2024: Irish and international authors shortlisted

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Six outstanding novels have been announced as finalists for the prestigious Dublin Literary Award 2024 version, presented by the Dublin City Council. Now in its 29th year, this esteemed award stands as the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, offering €100,000 to the winner. In the event of translation, the author receives €75,000, while the translator is awarded €25,000.

Distinguished by its unique selection process, nominations for this award are curated by librarians and readers from a global network of libraries, highlighting the diverse voices and perspectives shaping contemporary literature.

The 29th recipient of the prestigious Dublin Literary Award will soon be unveiled, chosen from a diverse array of authors representing a global spectrum of talent. Among the shortlisted novels is one translated from Romanian to English, showcasing the richness of linguistic and cultural diversity in contemporary literature.

The shortlist comprises authors from various backgrounds, including American, Canadian, Australian, Romanian, and Irish, reflecting the literary world’s global reach and inclusivity.

The award winner will be announced by its Patron, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste, on Thursday, May 23rd, as part of the esteemed International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD), generously supported by the Dublin City Council.

Shortlisted titles for the Dublin Literary Award

2024

“Old God’s Time” by Sebastian Barry (Irish). Published by Faber & Faber. Nominated by Stadtbücherei Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

“Solenoid” by Mircea Cărtărescu (Romanian), translated from Romanian by Sean Cotter, was published by Deep Vellum and nominated by “Octavian Goga” Cluj County Library, Romania.

“Haven” is by Emma Donoghue (Irish-Canadian). It was published by Picador / Pan Macmillan and nominated by the Toronto Public Library, Canada.

“If I Survive You” by Jonathan Escoffery (American) was published by MCD (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Penguin Random House Canada / McClelland & Stewart. It was nominated by the Jamaican Library Service, Jamaica.

“The Sleeping Car Porter” by Suzette Mayr (Canadian) was published by Coach House Books and nominated by the Vancouver Public Library, Canada.

“Praiseworthy” by Alexis Wright (Waanyi—Australian) was published by Giramondo Publishing and nominated by the National Library of Australia, Australia.

This Award is notable for highlighting authors from around the world while simultaneously celebrating excellence in contemporary literature. The 2024 winner will be chosen from this fascinating shortlist, which includes one novel in translation, and explores themes of race, discrimination, trauma, solitude and communism.

Daithí de Róiste, The Lord Mayor of Dublin

Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian, expressed gratitude to the nominating libraries worldwide for offering readers a diverse glimpse into various cultures and worlds through this immersive literary journey.

Global Judges to Select Winner

The esteemed panel of international judges responsible for selecting the shortlist and ultimately determining the winner includes Daniel Medin, Professor of Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris; Ingunn Snædal, an Icelandic poet, translator, literary editor, and educator; Anton Hur, an author and translator based in Korea.

it also includes Irenosen Okojie, a Nigerian-British author acclaimed for her role in judging numerous literary prizes and honoured with an MBE for Services to Literature in 2021; and Lucy Collins, an Associate Professor at University College Dublin specializing in modern and contemporary literature.

Professor Chris Morash, the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin, serves as the non-voting Chairperson of the Dublin Literary Award.

Under the guidance of Prof. Chris Morash, the six-member international judging panel will deliberate and select the esteemed winner. The Award’s Patron, Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste, will announce the winner on Thursday, May 23rd, during the International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD), held from May 17th to May 26th, 2024, in Merrion Square Park.

Copies of the nominated and shortlisted novels for the Award will be readily accessible for readers through Dublin City Libraries and public libraries across Ireland, including availability as eBooks.

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