As a fitting finale to ILFDublin 2021, we welcome the winner (or winners) of the Dublin Literary Award to the festival, for an in-depth conversation about their novel and to take questions from the audience.
Tickets will be released on Thursday 20 May at 1pm following the announcement of the winning title. The 2021 Award winner will be chosen from a diverse and international shortlist.
Will it be Bernardine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other, an intergenerational story of black British women, told through 12 voices; Valeria Luiselli for Lost Children Archive a multi-layered novel about journeys and borders in USA; Colum McCann for Apeireigon, an epic portrait of friendship and conflict in the Middle East; Fernanda Melchor (and translator Sophie Hughes) for Hurricane Season, a high-octane story of contemporary Mexico, centred on a murder; Ocean Vuong for On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, a letter from a son to a mother about their history in Vietnam; or Colson Whitehead for The Nickel Boys which casts a dark light on African-American history in 1960s Florida.
Both the award and the festival are major cultural initiatives of Dublin City Council. The prize is worth €100,000 to the winner. If the winning book is in English translation €75,000 is awarded to the author and €25,000 to the translator.
Join us to raise a glass and to put your questions to the winner at this very special one-off event!