Trio of Irish authors make 2023 Dublin Literary Award longlist

Novels by three Irish authors are among the 70 books nominated by libraries around the world for the 2023 Dublin Literary Award, announced today.

Sponsored by Dublin City Council and now in its 28th year, the award is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, and is worth €100,000 to the winner.

With books nominated by 84 libraries from 31 countries, the Irish titles nominated for the 2023 Award are Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan, 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard and The Magician by Colm Tóibín – noteworthy international nominees Jonathan Franzen (Crossroads), Monica Ali (Love Marriage), Karl Ove Knausgaard (The Morning Star) and Douglas Stuart (Young Mungo).

Read the longlist in full here.

Longlisted author Claire Keegan

Nominations include 29 novels in translation, with works nominated by 84 libraries from 31 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia, the US, Canada, South America, Australia, and New Zealand, with 14 debut novels in the mix.

If the winning book has been translated, the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000. Among the 29 translated books are novels originally published in Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, Hindi, Korean, Slovene, Icelandic and Japanese.

French author Alice Zeniter and Irish translator Frank Wynne won the 2022 award for the novel The Art of Losing; other Winners in recent years include Valeria Luiselli (Lost Children Archive), Emily Ruskovich (Idaho) Anna Burns (Milkman) and Mike McCormack (Solar Bones).

The shortlist will be unveiled on March 28th, with the overall winner announced by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Caroline Conroy, on 25th May 2023, as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin.

Speaking at the launch of the longlist, Patron of the Award, Cllr. Caroline Conroy said “This year’s Dublin Literary Award longlist is a fascinating chain of stories unifying readers across cultures and countries, more relevant now than ever before. I encourage you to drop into your local library to explore the list over the next few months, it not only rewards the reader but also has the power to transform you too.”

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