16 Canadian books make longlist for €100K International DUBLIN Literary Award

Novels by Madeleine Thien and Katherena Vermette are among 150 books longlisted for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award, which recognizes work in English from around the world.
Writers Madeleine Thien (left) and Katherena Vermette are on the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award longlist. (CBC/katherenavermette.com)

Sixteen Canadian books are among 150 titles nominated for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award, an annual €100,000 ($149,260 Cdn) prize given to a work of fiction published in English.

Libraries around the world nominated books to create the longlist, which includes authors from 40 countries. Libraries in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Saint John, St. John's, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg were among those that participated.

Madeleine Thien is on the longlist for Do Not Say We Have Nothinga novel that follows two generations of a family living through Mao's Cultural Revolution, and later, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. The book won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.

Katherena Vermette is longlisted for her debut novel, The Break. Defended by Candy Palmater on Canada Reads 2017, the book unravels in the aftermath of a violent crime and is narrated by the residents of a Winnipeg neighbourhood.

Rachel Cusk's Transit is also on the longlist. Currently up for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller PrizeTransit follows a writer in the midst of rebuilding her life after a divorce.

The other Canadian books on the longlist are:

The shortlist will be published April 2018, with the winner announcement following on June 13, 2018. The jury includes Vona Groarke, Xiaolu Guo, Nicky Harman, Mpalive Msiska, Courttia Newland and Eugene R. Sullivan.

The 2017 winner was José Eduardo Agualusa for A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.

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