Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries makes Dylan Thomas Prize longlist


Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised author Eleanor Catton has made the longlist of this year's International Dylan Thomas Prize for her acclaimed novel The Luminaries.

Catton, who shot to literary fame after The Luminaries won the Man Booker Prize, also won the Governor-General's Award last year for this second novel. She will contend with 14 other authors for the £30,000 prize (nearly $55,000 CDN). Among Catton's stiffest competition will be author Elmear McBride, whose debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction earlier this year.

The Dylan Thomas prize is named after the Welsh literary legend, who died at 39, and is open to writers that age or younger. It's considered the world's richest literary prize for young writers. Catton was 28 when she won the previous awards for The Luminaries. 

The shortlist will be unveiled on Sept. 4 at an event dedicated to Dylan Thomas, hosted by Swansea University in Wales. The university also administers the prize.

No Canadian author has ever won the International Dylan Thomas Prize, which was first presented in 2006. Catton was actually shortlisted for the award in 2010 for her novel The Rehearsal.

Here's the full list of the longlisted books:

Daniel Alarcón, At Night We Walk in Circles 
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries 
John Donnelly, The Pass 
Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour 
Emma Healey, Elizabeth is Missing 
Meena Kandasamy, The Gypsy Goddess 
Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing 
Kseniya Melnik, Snow in May 
Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
Nadifa Mohamed, The Orchard of Lost Souls 
Owen Sheers, Mametz 
Tom Rob Smith, The Farm 
Rufi Thorpe, The Girls from Corona del Mar
Naomi Wood, Mrs Hemingway 
Hanya Yanagihara, The People in the Trees 

Another major literary prize list was announced today, the Man Booker Prize longlist. This is the first year this prestigious literary prize is open to novels in English from around the world. In addition to British authors, there are four American authors and one Australian writer on the list, but no Canadian authors.