Colm Toibín, Colum McCann and William Trevor have made the shortlist for the €100,000 International Impac Dublin Literary Award - the richest literary prize in the world . "It's a wonderful coincidence that so shortly after Dublin being awarded Unesco City of Literature status, three of the 10 novels on the Impac Dublin award shortlist should be by Irish authors," said Dublin's Lord Mayor Gerry Breen, when announcing the shortlist. They are joined on the shortlist by three novelists from Australia, two from America and one from Canada. The Impac literary award has a reputation for championing novels in translation by authors worldwide but this year no translated works have made the shortlist. The IMPAC is unique among literary prizes because nominations come from libraries around the world. The 162 novels in contention for this year's award come from 43 countries around the world, spanning works originally written in 14 different languages. Malouf's Remembering Babylon won the IMPAC Dublin award in 1996, while Toibin won for The Master in 2006. Barbara Kingsolver, Joyce Carol Oates and William Trevor are authors with a huge international following, but the list also includes less well known authors Craig Silvey and Michael Crummey and debut novelists Evie Wyld and Yiyun Li.
The shortlisted titles are:
Galore by Michael Crummey
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
Ransom by David Malouf
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Brooklyn by Colm Toibín
Love and Summer by William Trevor
After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld
The winner will be announced 15 June 2011.