And in more prize news, the 2011 IMPAC Dublin Award shortlist has been announced. I’ve read two (the ones with links below).

  • Galore, by Michael Crummey
  • The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Vagrants, by Yiyun Li
  • Ransom, by David Malouf
  • Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
  • Little Bird of Heaven, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey
  • Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín
  • Love and Summer, by William Trevor
  • After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice, by Evie Wyld

For the first time since I started following the prize, there are no books in translation, which is a shame. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of three Irish writers and three Australian writers. However, I’m all for their inclusion. For fun, Malouf won the award in 1996 for Remembering Babylon and Tóibín won in 2006 for The Master.

Of the two I’ve read, I greatly preferred Brooklyn. I have and am looking forward to Love and Summer, and I have but am not particularly looking forward to Let the Great World Spin. I’m not particularly interested in The Lacuna, though I do like some of Kingsolver’s other work.

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