IMPAC Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2005 IMPAC Dublin Awards has been announced. The finalists are:

There are so many literary prizes around it’s hard to get excited about any of them, but what I like about the IMPAC is that the nominations are made by librarians from around the world and that the lists tend to be very eclectic. Last year’s winner was the Moroccan Tahar Ben Jelloun, for This Blinding Absence of Light (not that you could tell by reading the Times or anything.)

Related post: Mabrouk, Tahar.