Impac winner imminent and free Peacock tickets
Today is D-Day for this year’s Impac Dublin Literary Award, and the shortlist is as follows:
Galore by Michael Crummey (Canadian). Doubleday Canada
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (American). Faber & Faber, HarperCollins, USA
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li (Chinese/American) Random House, US
Ransom by David Malouf (Australian) Random House Australia
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish) Bloomsbury, UK, Random House, US
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates (American) Ecco Press, US
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Australian) Allen & Unwin
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (Irish) Viking UK, Scribner, USA
Love and Summer by William Trevor (Irish) Viking, UK
After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Australian) Pantheon Books, USA
Given that the award is nominated by libraries, the list always has some firm public favourites, but it’s up to a team of judges to pick the winner of the €100,000. This year the panel is made up of: Susan Bassnett, writer and professor of comparative literature at the University of Warwick; author John Boyne; writer and critic Tessa Hadley; poet and translator Michael Hofmann (who also has an Impac on his mantelpiece); author Nancy Huston; and the non-voting chair is Eugene Sullivan, a former chief judge of a US Court of Appeals and novelist. The announcement is due tonight.
If you’re not one of the 10 writers listed above, fear not – you can still be a winner, but of a theatrical nature. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to Perve at 8pm on Friday night in Dublin’s Peacock Theatre. The show focuses on Gethin, a young film-maker who deliberately spreads rumours about himself online in a social-media experiment of sorts.
To win, email your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question: Who won last year’s Impac Dublin Literary Award? First in with the goods wins the tickets.