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International DUBLIN Literary Award Names 2019 Shortlist

The International DUBLIN Literary Award—which is given to a novel written in or translated into English—announced its 10-title 2019 shortlist. In its 24th year, the award is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries, with nominations submitted by “library systems in major cities throughout the world.”

Here is the 2019 shortlist (with bonus links where applicable):

Compass by Mathias Énard and translated by Charlotte Mandell (Featured in Lydia Kiesling’s 2017 Year in Reading)

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Read our review)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Read our essay on the “world-spanning humanism” of Hamid’s work)

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (Featured in our 2018 Second-Half Preview)

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Read our review)

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Read our review of the 2017 Man Booker winner)

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Featured in numerous Year in Reading entries)

The winner will be announced on June 12th.

Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

The New York Public Library announced their eighteenth annual Young Lions Fiction Award, which is “given annually to an American writer age 35 or younger for either a novel or a collection of short stories.” The 2018 finalists are: Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Venita Blackburn’s Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, Gabe Habash’s Stephen Florida, Emily Ruskovich’s Idaho, and Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart. From our archives: Habash and Zhang‘s 2017 Year in Reading entries.

 

2018 International Dylan Thomas Shortlist

The 10th annual International Dylan Thomas Prize has announced their 2018 shortlist. Open to all nations, the prize is awarded to authors under the age of 39 who write in English. The “female dominant” shortlist includes six writers (four of which are debut authors).

The 2018 shortlist includes:

Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Our interview with Machado and our review)
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney (The Millions’ review)
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

The winner will be announced on May 10, 2018.

2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist Announced

 


The International Dylan Thomas Prize has announced their 2018 longlist. Named after Dylan Thomas, who died at 39, the prize is awarded for the best literary work published in English by an author aged 39 or under. The 12-book longlist included eight novels, two short story collections, and two volumes of poetry.

Here are the 2018 longlist nominees:

Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi
When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy
The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Our interview with Machado)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (Shortlisted for the Booker Prize)
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney (The Millions’ review)
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Attrib. and Other Stories by Eley Williams
On Trust: A Book of Lies by James Womack

The shortlist will be revealed at the end of March, and the winner will be announced on May 10, 2018.

A Year in Reading: Jamel Brinkley

2017 has been another year of transition for me. After living in Madison, Wisc., for only a year, I moved out to California. It’s been strange and a little unsettling to move farther and farther away from my family and friends in New York. I’ve also felt anxious because teaching duties in Madison and Iowa City, a fairly demanding new job I’ve taken on to pay the bills, and edits for my forthcoming debut story collection have kept me from writing any new fiction. And then, of course, there’s been the nightmarish daily assault of Donald Trump, white supremacy, toxic masculinity, gun violence… The list goes on.

Thank goodness for independent bookstores! A Room of One’s Own, Skylight Books, Eso Won Books, and The Last Bookstore helped new cities feel more like home. Greenlight Bookstore and Prairie Lights Books have been priority stops whenever I dipped back to Brooklyn or Iowa City. Thank goodness for books. Here are some that have ushered me through a challenging year:

A People on the Cover by Glenn Ligon

The Mountain by Paul Yoon

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison

A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma

Simulacra by Airea D. Matthews

The King Is Always Above the People by Daniel Alarcón

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar

New People by Danzy Senna

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li

Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey

Somebody with a Little Hammer by Mary Gaitskill

House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchinson

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Afterland by Mai Der Vang

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing by Margot Livesey

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora

Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke

Bestiary by Donika Kelly

Like a Beggar by Ellen Bass

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Play Dead by francine j. harris

Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott

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