Atlantic Canadian authors on 2015 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award longlist

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Three Atlantic Canadian authors found themselves nominated for the 2015 IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Awards today, along with 8 other Canadians.

Moncton’s France Daigle was longlisted for For Sure, a maze of a novel reflecting on minority cultures and their obsession with language. The book was nominated by the Saint John free Public Library, which wrote of the novel: 

For Sure is epic in length, complicated in structure and charming in tone. An intrusive author and a quirky cornucopia of facts surround, and support this story of an engaging, believable family and their community. For Sure is about language and words, and reflects a unique Canadian minority culture. The translation from the French is a tour de force, as Robert Majzels conveys the nuances of the Chiac dialect and its relationship to French, entirely in English. The original French novel won the Governor General’s Award for French Fiction and the Prix Antoine-Maillet Acadie Vie and the English translation was short listed for the Governer General’s Award for French to English Translation.

Alisa Kay’s first novel, Under Budapest, published by Goose Lane Editions, was also featured on the list. It was nominated by the Winnipeg Public Library, which wrote: 

Flawed, painfully human, yet somehow engaging characters from the core of this absorbing account of the lives of two Hungarian families.

And C. Hunter Provincial Resource Library, St. John’s, NL nominated Paul Bowdring’s novel The Strangers Gallery, published by Nimbus/Vagrant Press. Wrote the library: 

This is our choice as the very best of Newfoundland and Labrador fiction published in 2013. Winner of the Winterset Award, a provincial literary award.  A brilliant, rambling novel that takes on Newfoundland’s checkered past and present through the passions and wit of a wonderfully observant archivist. A fine read indeed.

These and 6 other Canadian novels are among 142 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 49 novels in translation with works by 37 American, 19 British, 9 Australian and 7 Italian authors. Organised by Dublin City Public Libraries, the 2015 Award was launched today, by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, Patron of the Award, at a ceremony in The Dublin City Library & Archive.

Libraries in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, St. John, St. John’s, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg were among the libraries in 39 countries worldwide who nominated books for the 2015 longlist. 

Two Canadian novels have won the Award to date, with Lebanese Canadian author Rawi Hage winning in 2008 for his novel De Niro’s Game, and the late, great Nova Scotian Alistair MacLeod winning the prize in 2001 for No Great Mischief.


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Kim Hart Macneill is a journalist and magazine editor whose work has appeared in This Magazine, Canadian Business, and East Coast Living. She divides her time between Halifax and Moncton.

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