IMPAC shortlist 2013
How the books are nominated
Books are nominated for the Award by public libraries in cities throughout the world, making the Award truly international and making the longlist unique in its coverage of international fiction.
The shortlist of ten novels was announced on 9th April. The list includes City of Bohane by Irish author, Kevin Barry, five novels in translation (from Japan, Iceland, Norway, The Netherlands and France); one British and three American novels.
The shortlisted titles were announced by The Lord Mayor of Dublin Councillor Naoise Ó Muirí, Patron of the Award, where he stated;
‘This is a list of high quality literature that includes five novels in translation which readers might not otherwise get the opportunity to read’, says Lord Mayor Cllr. Naoise Ó Muirí, ‘and I am delighted to see an Irish author, Kevin Barry, on the list. This is a real tribute from the judges to the quality of Irish contemporary writing’.
‘This is the highest number of books in translation on the shortlist since the award began’, says Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, ‘and it is wonderful to have novels from Japan and Iceland as well as France, The Netherlands and Norway. The list also includes novels from the USA, the UK and Ireland. There is something here for everyone and I urge readers to get stuck in and enjoy the humour and sadness, history and fantasy, teenage and elderly angst on this year’s shortlist’.The ten short listed titles were nominated by public libraries in Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, and the USA. See the shortlist nominated for the 2013 award here
The longlist, which is announced in November of each year, is the full list of all eligible nominated novels submitted by the participating libraries. Titles are nominated on the basis of 'high literary merit' as determined by the nominating library. See the complete list of books nominated for the 2013 Award here
The Judging Panel
Both the shortlist and the eventual winner are selected by an international panel of judges which changes each year. The shortlist, up to a maximum of ten titles, are chosen by the judges and are announced in April of each year.