Wednesday, April 2, 2008

IMPAC Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the IMPAC award (one of the most lucrative book prizes - 100,000 Euros goes to the winner) has been announced from the longlist of 137 titles submitted by libraries around the world. The list has a wonderful international flair, not surprising since the six judges come from six different countries. The winner will be announced on June 12th. You can read more about this year's prize here. And here are the shortlisted titles:

The Speed of Light by Javier Cercas (Spanish, in translation)
The Sweet and Simple Kind by Yasmine Gooneratne (Sri Lankan)
de Niro's Game by Rawi Hage (Lebanese - but I think we can also count him as Canadian. This book made the Giller Shortlist in 2006)
Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones (Australian)
Let it be Morning by Sayed Kashua (Israeli)
The Attack by Yasmina Khadra (Algerian) in translation
The Woman who Waited by Andrei Makine (Russian) in translation
Winterwood by Patrick McCabe (Irish)

I loved last year's winner - Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson.

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