Two Irish authors have been shortlisted for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award.

Sally Rooney is on the shortlist for the €100,000 prize with her debut novel Conversations with Friends, while Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty is also shortlisted.

The other authors on the ten-strong list come from France, Pakistan, the UK and the US.

The prize is sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000. The award was launched on 7 April 1995, and is now in its 24th year.

The shortlisted titles are:

  1. Compass by Mathias Énard (French) Translated from French by Charlotte Mandell. Published by New Directions and by Fitzcarraldo Editions.
  2. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (American) Published by Grove Atlantic.
  3. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistani / British) Published by Vintage, UK and Penguin, USA.
  4. Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty (Northern Ireland) Published by Jonathan Cape and W.W. Norton.
  5. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (British) Published by Fourth Estate.
  6. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Irish) Published by Faber & Faber and Hogarth.
  7. Idaho by Emily Ruskovich (American) Published by Chatto & Windus.
  8. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (American) Published by Bloomsbury and Random House USA.
  9. A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert (British) Published by Virago Press.
  10. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Pakistani / British) Published by Bloomsbury and Riverhead Books.

Memorable characters feature on literary award shortlist

"This is an award of which I, as Lord Mayor, am extremely proud, and I take every opportunity to talk about it when on my travels, as it is the very centrepiece of Dublin’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature," said Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Nial Ring, Patron of the Award.

"The egalitarian way in which books are longlisted, through public libraries worldwide, is to be commended in a world where sales figures can dominate the literary conversation so often. The beauty of this award is that it reaches out to readers and authors worldwide, while also celebrating excellence in contemporary Irish literature represented on the 2019 shortlist by Sally Rooney and Bernard MacLaverty."

Dublin City Librarian Mairead Owens said: "The titles on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

"The novels come from France, Ireland, Pakistan, the UK and the USA and it is from this diverse list that the eventual winner will be chosen. Memorable characters tell stories of identity and displacement, violence and war, family, relationships and loss, set in both familiar and unfamiliar countries and cultures."

The five-member international judging panel, chaired by Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, will select one winner, which will be announced on 12 June.

The Lord Mayor reminded Dubliners that they can borrow the shortlisted novels from Dublin City Public Libraries.

"Readers have plenty of time to pick their own favourite between now and 12 June," he said.