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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 15, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    Impac winner imminent and free Peacock tickets

    Laurence Mackin

    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 lmackin@irishtimes.com with the answer to this question: Who won last year’s Impac Dublin Literary Award? First in with the goods wins the tickets.

    • Liz McCullough says:

      I’m feeling a little disloyal to the Irish authors, all of whose books I enjoyed, but I think Evie Wylde’s book was superior. I have yet to read some of the others though.

    • Laurence Mackin says:

      Unfortunately I was stuck in a screening and couldn’t update the post until now to say that Colum McCann had won – but sure you all knew that already.

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