International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Announced

April 4, 2019 | Wendy

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Dublin Shortlist

Dublin City Council has just announced the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award. This award is particularly exciting for a couple of reasons:

  1. The prize consists of 100,000 euros, or nearly 150,000 Canadian dollars, making it one of the richer literary awards in the world. To put it in perspective, it's a tenth of a Nobel, or about three Gillers. 
  2. Books are nominated for this prize by librarians from major urban library systems all over the world. In other words, it's international in scope, and it represents the collective book-recommending power of hundreds of librarians.

This year, 113 library systems in 40 countries nominated 141 books, which were then winnowed down to a shortlist of 10. A panel of international judges will announce the winner on June 12th.

One of Toronto Public Library's nominated titles, Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid, made the shortlist. Our two other nominees were Brother by David Chariandy, and The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott. 

You can place holds on the titles in the shortlist below. And if you'd like to see 141 of the world's best novels right now, you may also want to browse the longlist


Exit West

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

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Compass by Mathias Énard.

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A History of Wolves

A History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund.

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Midwinter Break

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty.


Reservoir 13

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor.

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Conversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.

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Idaho by Emily Ruskovich.

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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

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A Boy in Winter

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert.

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Home Fire

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie.

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Have you read any of these? Which do you think should win? Let us know in the comments.