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Canadians make strong showing on IMPAC Dublin longlist

The longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced, and among the 162 titles “ chosen by librarians from 43 countries around the world “ is a healthy selection of Canadian-authored works. The 16 Canadian nominees include previous prize-winners (The Bishop’s Man, The Mistress of Nothing) as well as reader favourites (February, Galore) and even an entry from crime writer Giles Blunt (Breaking Lorca). Interestingly, the only Canadian title on the list that wasn’t nominated by a Canadian library is Anne Michaels’ The Winter Vault, which was chosen by a library in Waterford County, Ireland.

The IMPAC Dublin shortlist will be announced on April 12, with the winner following on June 15. This year’s jury consists of Paris-based Canadian author Nancy Huston; author John Boyne; British writer, translator, and academic Susan Bassnett; German poet and translator Michael Hofman; and Welsh author Tessa Hadley.

Here are the Canadian nominees for the 2011 IMPAC Dublin award:

  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Rebecca, Born in the Maelstrom by Marie-Claire Blais
  • Breaking Lorca by Giles Blunt
  • No Place Strange by Diana Fitzgerald Bryden
  • Galore by Michael Crummey
  • The Disappeared by Kim Echlin
  • Half World by Hiromi Goto
  • Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
  • The Colour of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
  • The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon
  • The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre
  • The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
  • Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell
  • February by Lisa Moore
  • The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger
  • Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk