Monday, November 28, 2005

Making an IMPAC

Haven't mentioned the IMPAC Dublin Award nominees at all yet, so here they are.

As you can see, it's an extremely long longlist (132 books!!), and many of the titles were nominated for, or have won other awards already. The books are nominated by librarians throughout the world, so there's a pleasing international flavour to the list, and 31 of the books are works in translation.

The Literary Saloon imples that many librarians seem not to be familiar with anything other than their local literature and notes that some libraries are clearly basing their choices on patriotic fervour rather than on literary merit. It suggests an amendment to the rules so that countries are not allowed to nominate their own authors.

Our own Rani Manicka is on the longlist for Touching Earth. Let's see if you can guess which library nominated it. Check your answer here.

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