Bernardine Evaristo, Colson Whitehead and Ocean Vuong are among six authors shortlisted for the €100,000 Dublin Literary Award.
Novels from Britain, Mexico, Ireland and the US have been nominated for the award by public libraries across the world.
Evaristo's Booker Prize-winning novel Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton) has made the list, alongside Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Fourth Estate) and Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Bloomsbury Publishing).
Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, translated from Spanish by Sophie Hughes (Fitzcarraldo Editions), On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Vuong (Jonathan Cape) and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Fleet) were also nominated.
The prize, sponsored by Dublin City Council, is the most valuable annual award for for a single work of fiction published in English, and grants the winner €100,000. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000.
The international panel of judges features Jan Carson, a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast; David James Karashima, an author, translator, and associate professor of creative writing at Waseda University in Tokyo; Lebanese-born Dr Rita Sakr who lectures in Postcolonial and Global Literatures at Maynooth University; Dr Martín Veiga, a Cork-based Galician poet, translator, and academic who lectures in Hispanic Studies at University College Cork; and Enda Wyley, an Irish poet, author, and teacher who has published six collections of poetry.
The 26th winner of the award will be announced by its patron, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu, on Thursday 20th May, as part of the opening day programme of the International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin), which is also funded by Dublin City Council. Following its partnership with ILFDublin in August 2020, the award has moved the winner announcement permanently to May, to coincide with the festival.
Commenting on the shortlist, Chu said: "I am so excited about our literary award again this year. Literature time and again has one objective, and that is to explore the human condition, teaching us something new about others and ourselves. These are powerful and timely stories set in both familiar and unfamiliar countries and cultures. I urge everyone to read as many of these thought-provoking books as you can. Readers have plenty of time to pick their own favourite between now and 20th May."
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