LIMERICK based author Donal Ryan is among just three Irish authors in the running for the €100,000 International Impac Dublin Literary Award.
The Tipperary born author, who now lives in Castletroy, has been longlisted alongside Colm Tóibín and David Park, among 152 titles proposed by libraries worldwide for the biggest literary prize in the world.
The award was previously won by Limerick born author Kevin Barry for City of Bohane.
Ryan has just published his second work, The Thing about December, following on from the success of its first work, The Spinning Heart, which made the Booker prize longlist, following 47 rejections by publishers.
Launching the 2014 award, Dublin lord mayor Oisín Quinn said the event promotes world literature and Irish writing internationally.
“This prestigious award enhances the city’s worldwide reputation as a literary destination,” he said.
“Readers at home and abroad will find new books and new authors on the longlist, and they can pit themselves against the international panel of judges and pick their own favourite.”
The Spinning Heart by Ryan was nominated by Cork City Libraries and by Dublin City Public Libraries, while Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary was nominated by Bibliotheque Municipale de Mulhouse, France and by Winnipeg Public Library in Canada.
The shortlist will be made public on April 9 and the winner announced on June 12.