Limerick author in line for €100k literary prize

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Limerick author in line for €100k literary prize
LIMERICK born author Kevin Barry has been shortlisted for a €100,000 literary award.

LIMERICK born author Kevin Barry has been shortlisted for a €100,000 literary award.

Kevin Barry’s first novel, City of Bohane, is the only Irish novel listed alongside five novels in translation from Japan, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, and France, for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

“It’s a brilliant thing for the book - it keeps it chugging along nicely,” he told the Limerick Leader. “I wouldn’t be so presumptious to think about the money at this early stage. But it’s a serious lump of cash alright - there’d be atein’ and drinkin’ in it.”

The award has the valuable prize of €100,000 for the winner, who will be announced on June 6.

The 10 short-listed titles were nominated by public libraries in Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, and the US. The shortlist was announced by Dublin’s Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muiri.

The shortlisted titles are Barry’s City of Bohane; The Map and the Territory by 2002 winner Michel Houellebecq; Pure by 1999 Impac author Andrew Miller; 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami; The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka; The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips; Swamplandia! by Karen Russell; From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjon; The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am by Kjersti Skomsvold; and Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa. Shortlisted nominees, Michel Houllebecq and Andrew Miller are both previous winners.

Kevin Barry, from Ballinacurra Gardens, is also the author of two acclaimed collections of short stories, There Are Little Kingdoms, and Dark Lies the Island. Now living in Sligo, his stories have been published in the New Yorker. City of Bohane has been described by The New York Times as being “full of literary marvels”.