The longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is nominated by libraries worldwide, so it’s no surprise that Australian books have been put forward by Australian libraries. Nonetheless, the €100,000 prize is nothing to balk at. It’s a long longlist, but an interesting one. I like seeing the flavour of different libraries in different countries, such as the choices from Stockholm, Sweden: Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro and China Miéville’s The City and the City.
How wonderful it would be for Kalinda Ashton to take home the prize, for her absorbing debut The Danger Game. I would also be delighted if it went to one of my favourite authors, Alex Miller, for Lovesong. And I loved MJ Hyland’s This Is How. The other Australian/ex-pat books nominated are Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America, Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones, David Malouf’s beautiful novel Ransom (a favourite of the Warsaw Public Library), JM Coetzee’s Summertime, Kristina Olsson’s The China Garden, Evie Wyld’s After the Fire, a Still, Small, Voice (nominated by San Diego Public Library), Marion Halligan’s Valley of Grace, and Ilsa Evans’ The Family Tree.
There are a lot of Kiwi nominees, too, including Rachel King’s second novel Magpie Hall, which I really need to track down a copy of.
The shortlist is not announced until April 12, 2011.