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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 12, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    Lists, pics and the Irish Times arts podcast

    Laurence Mackin

    This week’s lunchtime recommendation will be familiar to most of you, but the show closes soon (on April 24th) and is well worth more than one visit. Steve McCurry’s Worlds of Colour exhibition is a terrifically evocative selection of portraits that amply demonstrate why McCurry is regarded as one of the finest portraitists in the world. You can read an interview I did with him here, along with a selection of images from the exhibition. The exhibition is in the Gallery of Photography in Dublin’s Temple Bar, which is open until 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

    If, however, you are tethered to the desk for your lunch (or desking as I hear it is called these days), you could pass 20 minutes or so listening to the latest Irish Times Arts podcast, featuring Arts Editor Shane Hegarty trying to get Donald Clarke to use the word blog as a verb, attempting to get Online Editor Hugh Linehan to admit his favourite meal is salsa nachos in the local multiplex, and failing to get sense out of me. Among the topics are the rise of Irish cinema, and what actually constitutes an Irish film these days, a discussion on the relevance of the Late Late Show, and how concerts and theatre are widening their appeal with more diverse offerings in order to get bums on stall seats. Have a click and open your ears here.

    And finally, it would be remiss of us not to mention the big news of the day – and throw in a bit of guilt when you realise how few of them you’ve read (or maybe that’s just me, ahem). the shortlist has been released for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. You can read an analysis of the shortlist by this newspaper’s Literary Correspondent Eileen Battersby over here. The shortlist then is:

    Galore by Michael Crummey (Canadian), Doubleday Canada
    The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (American), Faber & Faber, HarperCollins,
    The Vagrants by Yiyn Li (Chinese/American), Random House
    Ransom by David Malouf (Australian), Random House Australia
    Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish), Bloomsbury/Random House
    Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates (American), Ecco Press
    Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Australian), Allen & Unwin
    Brooklyn by Colm Toibín (Irish), Viking/Scribner
    Love and Summer by William Trevor (Irish) Viking
    After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Australian) Pantheon Books

    And while were at it, here is the shortlist for the Orange prize for Fiction. No overlaps here, perhaps unsurprisingly given how the lists are chosen.

    Room by Emma Donoghue (Irish) Picador
    The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (British/Sierra Leonean); Bloomsbury
    Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson (British) Sceptre
    Great House by Nicole Krauss (American) Viking
    The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Serbian/American); Weidenfeld and Nicolson
    Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Canadian), Jonathan Cape

    • I really liked Room by Emma Donoghue and it deserves every accolaide it receives. “Room” has proved terribly and horrifyingly relevent in recent years with the capture of the man in Austria who inprisioned his daughter for 24 years, JC Duggard here in the States who slept in a tent with her two daughters after being abducted at age 11 from a school bus stop, and of course the man in Brazil who fathered many children with his daughter after his wife died. Emma Donoghue captured the innocence of the little boy whose whole world was that room.

      I have not read the other books, but I will. I had to specially order “Winterland” by Alan Glynn from Barnes and Noble because they did not stock it. So, I will check out Colm Toibin, William Trevor, and Colum McCann as well.


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