Wednesday, July 23, 2014 |
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: