- Thursday, 22 Oct
- Free, booking required
Two of Ireland’s most acclaimed celebrations of the written word have launched an exciting new partnership. From 2020 on, the recipient of the International Dublin Literary Award will be announced during ILFDublin. The International Dublin Literary Award, now in its twenty-fifth year, is the world's most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, with the winner receiving €100,000. It is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality, provided the book has been published in English or English translation. Uniquely, books are nominated by libraries in major cities throughout the world. It is sponsored solely by Dublin City Council, as is ILFDublin.
Before you join us for the award announcement at 11am coming to you from the Guinness Storehouse, Thursday 22nd October, check out International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist 2020, a new podcast series in which hosts Caelainn Hogan and Jessica Traynor interview the shortlisted writers.
156 novels were nominated for the 2020 Award, with 119 libraries taking part from 40 countries worldwide. The shortlist includes one Irish author – Anna Burns, author of Milkman, winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction – and three novels in translation. The shortlist is:
All the nominated novels are available for readers to borrow from public libraries. Most of the shortlisted titles are available for digital loan on BorrowBox.
The Gutter Bookshop is sad they can’t be at the festival in person this year but you can browse (and purchase!) books by the featured authors at the special ILFDublin festival shop - CLICK HERE. And remember that there’s no postage to pay in Ireland if you spend over €30 or if you choose to collect your books from either of our bookshops. Just choose the ‘Free Shipping’ or ‘Click & Collect’ options at checkout!