IMPAC Unveils Eclectic Shortlist

April 12, 2010 | 8 books mentioned 2

The IMPAC Award shortlist was announced last night. The IMPAC sets itself apart with its unique approach. Its massive longlist is compiled by libraries all over the world before being whittled down by judges. This makes for a more egalitarian selection. It’s also got a long lead time. Books up for the current prize (to be named June 17th) were all published in 2008, putting the IMPAC more than a year behind other big literary awards. There’s a distinct upside in this. By now, all the shortlisted books are available in paperback. We’ve also always found the IMPAC interesting for the breadth of books it considers.

This year’s shortlist is typically eclectic, representing six countries and ranging from bestsellers, to relative unknowns.

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2 comments:

  1. Snakes alive. What a disappointing list. My money’s on the bland HOME winning on name recognition alone.

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