Esi Edugyan and Tayari Jones feature on the shortlist for the Dublin International Literary Award 2020 announced on September 3, 2020.
The Dublin International Literary Award is awarded annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The prize worth €100,000, sponsored by the Dublin City Council, Ireland, is the richest prize for one work in or translated into English. If the winning book is a translation the prize is divided between the writer and the translator, with the writer receiving €75,000 and the translator €25,000.
African writers like Scholastique Mukasonga, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Mahi Binebine, Aminatta Forna and Noviolet Bulawayo, Mia Couto, Chinelo Okparanta , and Yewande Omotoso have been in the running in the past. The prize went to Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion in 2017.
In 2020, the judging panel comprises Irish editor and columnist, Niall MacMonagle; Scottish author and editor Zoë Strachan; Yannick Garcia, a Catalan writer and translator based in Barcelona; Cathy Rentzenbrink, a Sunday Times top ten bestseller of the year writer; and Indian-born translator and champion of the novel, Shreela Ghosh. The non-voting Chairperson is Professor Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin.
For 2020, 156 books were nominated by libraries around the world including 50 novels in translation with works nominated by libraries from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand. The longlist from these entries was announced on November 11, 2019.
The shortlist for the books still in the running are;
- The Silence of the Girlsby Pat Barker (British). Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd.
2. Milkman by Anna Burns (Irish). Published by Faber & Faber and Graywolf Press.
3. Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (Iranian-French). Translated from the French by Tina Kover. Published by Europa Editions.
4. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canadian). Published by Serpents Tail Ltd., HarperCollins Canada and Alfred A. Knopf.
5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (American). Published by Algonquin Books.
6. History of Violence by Édouard Louis (French). Translated from the French by Lorin Stein. Published by Harvill Secker.
7. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (American). Published by Virago Press Ltd.
8. There There by Tommy Orange (Native American). Published by Harvill Secker, Alfred A. Knopf and McClelland & Stewart Inc.
9. All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy (Indian). Published by MacLehose Press and Atria Books.
10. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (Polish). Translated by from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Published by
The winner of the Dublin International Literary Award 2020 will be announced by its Patron, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu on Thursday 22nd October, as part of International Literature Festival Dublin.