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Old 17th Nov 2010, 6:17   #1
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Default 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

The longlist of 162 titles has been announced.
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Old 17th Nov 2010, 8:28   #2
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Default Re: 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

A mixed bag. Of the 19 that I have at least attempted, I would say half were excellent and half were not finished (some barely started).

I like this prize though - is it the librarian's nominations or am I mixing it up with another prize?
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Default Re: 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Yes, it's the librarians' nominations. I do think it's a bit rich to call the list of nominations 'the longlist' though - literally any book counts (inc Dan Brown) so there's no whittling down until the shortlist.
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Default Re: 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

I see the longlist of the IMPAC as being the equivalent of the submissions stage of a prize like the Booker.
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Default Re: 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

I too wish the IMPAC would come up with a different term than "longlist". To my knowledge, this is the only award that lists every book that will be considered -- as Stewart says, a version of the "submission stage" of the Booker, but hardly a "longlist" in the sense that other prizes have one. I am one of those who would love to see the complete list of books considered by Booker juries (but do understand why nervous publishers don't want that list made public). It is also the most international of English-language prizes and has at least some level of reader input in putting together the initial list.
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Default Re: 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Perhaps it is an indication of the problems that the IMPAC faces that there has not been a post since November.

Still, with the announcement due tomorrow, I thought I'd drag this thread up and see if others were willing to predict possible winners. My top three predictions in order would be:

1. Colum McCann, Let The Great World Spin
2. Yiyun Li, The Vagrant
3. William Trevor, Love and Summer

Actually, now that I think about it, I have probably underrated Trevor. Oh well.
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Default Re: 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Your choices look good to me, Kevin. I'll put Trevor at the top of mine. I wouldn't mind if TĂłibĂ*n won, either, so I'll yank your McCann and put TĂłibĂ*n in second.
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I should never have gone against you, Kevin! Or actually, when was the last time you picked the winner of one of these awards?? Nice going this time around.

For those interested, here is the IMPAC's announcement that Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin has won.
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I should never have gone against you, Kevin! Or actually, when was the last time you picked the winner of one of these awards??
I actually have a pretty good record with the Giller. As for other awards, I can't remember the last time I predicted correctly (well, Wolf Hall, but that doesn't really count). And I suspect it will be another decade or so before my next correct prediction.
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Here's a link to my review of McCann's novel.
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