The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is a strange but fun award. It seems to pick up on good books a few years after they have been in the spotlight, which is good and bad. Good because if you missed them the first time, you have a reminder here. Bad because if you did catch these books the first time this award offers nothing new. I think, however, that there are few of us who catch all of these books the first time through, and the IMPAC is especially great for international title that are not eligible for the Booker or any of the American awards.
The delay is on purpose. To be eligible, a work must have been published two years ago (so, for example, in 2011, all books will have been published in the calendar year 2009). This is a nice way to make sure the hype of the book has passed, and hopefully the book has shown it can stand a (minor) test of time. The book must be published in English or English translation. Interestingly, the award is given by the Dublin City Public Libraries, who get nominations from public libraries from all over the world.
If you’d like to visit their official site, click here.
For a list of past winners, click here.