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Finalists for £100,000 Award Announced

impaclgotemplate.gifThe shortlist for the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was just announced. Judges combed through 146 novels, picking the finalists for the £100,000–reportedly “the world’s most valuable literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.”

Last year, Rawi Hage won the award for “De Niro’s Game.” The 2009 shortlist includes:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Dominican / American) Riverhead Books
Ravel by Jean Echenoz (French) in translation. The New Press
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistani / British) Hamish Hamilton / Harcourt / Doubleday Canada
The Archivist’s Story by Travis Holland (American) Dial Press
The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen (Norwegian) in translation. John Murray Publishers
The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt (American) Bloomsbury Publishing
Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (Indian / British) Simon & Schuster
Man Gone Down by Micheal Thomas (American) Grove / Atlantic

(Via Three Percent)

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Your Booker Prize Shortlist

Darkmans, by Nicola Barker
Gathering, by Anne Enright
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid
Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones
On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan
Animal’s People, by Indra Sinha

Not surprisingly, all the news reports (like the Guardian) focus on McEwan’s “surviving the cull.” More still from the BBC.

Booker Prize Bulletpoints

Now that the longlist has been announced, reaction streams in from all over the world:

  • It’s a “giant felling” list, according to John Ezard and Martin Hodgson. [Guardian]
  • But Erica Wagner thinks the list is relatively surprise-free. [The Times]
  • Bookmakers William Hill makes Ian McEwan the favorite, but installing Lloyd Jones‘ MISTER PIP at 20/1? Tsk tsk. [Booktrade.info]
  • DJ Taylor backs MISTER PIP. [Guardian]
  • Nikita Lalwani and Indra Sinha are celebrated in India for being longlisted. [The Hindu Times]
  • Reaction in New Zealand to MISTER PIP being on the longlist. [NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz]
  • Similar reaction in Canada for Michael Redhill‘s appearance. [CBC, G&M]
  • And in Ireland, they’re happy for Anne Enright.[RTE]