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Behr, Coetzee, Heese, Mda, Mgqolozana, Pauw, Schierhout Make the €100 000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist


Alert! The longlist for the 2011 edition of the world’s richest literary award for a single work, the €100 000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was announced today in Ireland – and it includes BOOK SA members Thando Mgqolozana and Jacques Pauw, along with their South African colleagues Mark Behr, JM Coetzee, Zakes Mda, Gill Schierhout and Marie Heese (the last of whom has already won a big prize this year).

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The award, judged by authors John Boyne, Susan Bassnett, Tessa Hadley, Nancy Huston and Michael Hofmann – who are overseen by thriller writer Eugene R Sullivan – is driven by dozens of public libraries around the world, which submit hundreds of titles for consideration that are first lumped into the world’s most unwieldly longlist, then whittled down to a rare few, and finally to a single, elect winner. Last year’s was Gerbrand Bakker, for his debut novel The Twin.

At the very least, then, the longlist represents support for the authors from their homelands’ libraries.

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist Titles from South Africa

From north of SA’s borders, the longlist also includes the likes of Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street, Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass and Abdourahman Waberi’s In the United States of Africa.

The shortlist will be announced in April next year, and the winner on 15 June 2011.

Good luck to our friends in SA Lit on making it through the stages!

Image courtesy International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    November 15th, 2010 @21:40 #

    Congratulations! If I was the judge, I'd give the prize to... hmmm, tough choice... Thando Mgqolozana.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    November 16th, 2010 @09:26 #

    So great to see this and yep, my vote's on Thando.


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