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April AwardsCAT -- International Dublin Literary Award and the Pulitzer Prize

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International Dublin Literary Award

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The Award is sponsored by Dublin City Council, the municipal government of Dublin, and administered by Dublin City Public Libraries. The Award aims to promote excellence in world literature. Nominations are submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world. The award is now in its 23rd year. The Lord Mayor of Dublin is Patron of the Award.

2017 Long List is http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees/

2017 Shortlist http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/2017-shortlist/.

The winner will be announced in June.

Past winners and nominees can be found http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/award-archive/

Edited: Apr 11, 6:50pm Top

The Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prizes and Fellowships, established in Columbia University by the will of the first Joseph Pulitzer, are awarded by the University on the recommendation of The Pulitzer Prize Board. The Board meets twice annually. There are 21 categories across journalism, books, drama and music. The Prizes are announced during the Spring.

2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year/2017

Pulitzer Prizes by category http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-categories

Pulitzer Prizes by year http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year

Edited: Mar 15, 4:40pm Top

Some of the choices I have available in my TBR are The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag Birdie by Tracey Lindberg and Black River by S.M. Hulse.

I'll have to see what else I have available.

Mar 15, 4:58pm Top

Right now I'm planning on The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt (2011 International Dublin Literary Award longlist), Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove (1987 Pulitzer for poetry) and March by Geraldine Brooks (2006 Pulitzer for fiction).

Mar 15, 5:42pm Top

The DUBLIN longlist is certainly expansive. I scrolled through and found that I've already read 23 of them and have two more on my tbr. I'll plan to read one of those, if not both.

Mar 15, 6:21pm Top

I'm going to read The Known World. It won both of these awards and has been on my TBR forever.

>3 luvamystery65: Oh and Roberta, Black River was a five star read for me.

Edited: Mar 15, 6:28pm Top

I have several on my TBR that qualify but I know I'll read The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys which isn't, and hopefully will have time to read one of the TBRs as well. The Evening Chorus is on the Dublin list

Mar 15, 8:49pm Top

>6 jonesli: Lisa Black River is the one I have packed up. Judy and Katie also gave it a high rating, so I may unpack it.

Edited: Mar 15, 10:22pm Top

A kindle deal for today is The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau was 1965 Pulitzer Prize Winner. If I can get to it, I might read that one. Another option would Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg or Purity, Fifth Season by Jemisin, The Little Red Chairs, The Spool of Blue Thread. Really, really a lot of options for April Award Cat.

Mar 16, 3:04am Top

I think I might read One Day by David Nicholls, which apparently was longlisted for the Dublin in 2011.

Mar 16, 11:14pm Top

I am planning on reading The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey which was on the 2002 Short List of the International Dublin Literary Award and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Mar 17, 12:28pm Top

I took a quick scroll down the long list for the Dublin for this year and saw a couple that are of interest - The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Benrey for which I recently took 2 BBS and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah which I've been wanting to read for a while. And since I've packed all my books but one and am going to be using the library til we move, they'll both count for the Random also. For the Pulitzer, I'm thinking I'm going to read The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey a 2015 finalist in fiction.

Mar 18, 10:52am Top

I also have Maus by Art Spielglman that I am reading for CultureCAT. It won a Pulitzer in 1992 for Special Citations and Awards - Letters.

Mar 18, 4:27pm Top

One possibility from from th Dublin 2017 longlist for me:
The Illegal / Lawrence Hill

And a couple Pulitzer options:
Roots / Alex Haley
The Snow Child / Eowyn Ivey

Mar 20, 4:40pm Top

In looking at the Dublin 2017 longlist, Patrick deWitt's Undermajordomo Minor caught my eye. I really liked The Sisters Brothers, so I may try this one as well!

Mar 20, 5:26pm Top

I'm hoping to read these Pulitzer books:

The Angle of Repose- Wallace Stegner
The Orphan Master's Son- Adam Johnson
The Elegant Universe- Brian Greene

Mar 20, 6:08pm Top

I am looking at the previous years winners and two of my very top reads of the last three years won the Dublin award. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson won in 2007 and it was my top read for 2014. The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez was my top read last year. I really need to pay closer attention to this award.

Mar 20, 9:50pm Top

>16 VioletBramble: Angle of Repose was my top read a couple of years ago.

Mar 22, 4:06pm Top

I'm thinking about finally getting to Lonesome Dove, which won the Pulitzer in 1986. Also gives me the bingo square for 'author shares your first and last initials'...

Apr 1, 7:47am Top

COMPLETED This Night's Foul Work by Fred Vargas, longlisted for the Dublin in 2010.

Apr 1, 5:41pm Top

I've started The Color Purple by Alice Walker on audio, narrated by the author. I also started The Complete Maus by Art Spiegleman.

Apr 6, 4:01pm Top

I'm planning An available man by Hilma Wolitzer that was on the IMPAC longlist in 2014.

Apr 7, 7:51pm Top

Just finished Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg which is long listed for the Inernational Dublin Literary Award. I listened to the audio which was read by author (a mistake). The story is okay. I liked the setting as I just returned from Washington and was in all the places mentioned but overall, this won't make the short list, IMHO.

Apr 7, 8:04pm Top

I'm just about done The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, an International Dublin Literary Award longlist book from 2010.

Edited: Apr 8, 10:24am Top

I've started Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

ETA: Long listed for Dublin award this year.

Apr 10, 3:29pm Top

It was announced today that Colson Whitehead won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Underground Railroad. I don't know if I'll get to it this month, but it is definitely high up on my TBR. I am currently reading last year's winner, The Sympathizer.

Apr 10, 8:14pm Top

>26 sturlington: I have it on hold at the library, but it could be a while. I chose it for the author's initials being the same as mine bingo square.

Apr 11, 3:16pm Top

I have just completed Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This was a 5 star read for me.

Apr 11, 6:54pm Top

The full list of Pulitzer Prize winners for 2017 is listed here.


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead for fiction and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond are two of the winners this year.

The Dublin shortlist was also announced today with ten books. http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/2017-shortlist/

Apr 12, 10:14pm Top

The Snow Child / Eowyn Ivey
4 stars

This is the retelling of a Russian fairy tale. An older couple, Mabel and Jack, have recently moved to Alaska. They never had children, but one evening when they build a snowman (child/girl), she comes to life…

I really liked this. It’s funny that I’m not a big fan of fantasy nor of magical realism, but I like fairy tales. I didn’t know this Russian tale, but I really liked this retelling! I loved some of the snowy/wintery descriptions (though I’m not always a fan of elaborate descriptions, either) – they really were magical – and it was a great story!

Edited: Apr 14, 11:59am Top

I have completed True History of the Kelly Gang which was short listed for the International Dublin Literary Award in 2002. I enjoyed this book very much.

Apr 14, 11:45am Top

COMPLETED One Day by David Nicholls

Apr 17, 9:00pm Top

I read Purity by Jonathan Franzen. It was on the long list for the Dublin Literary Award, but it didn't make the short list.

Edited: Apr 18, 4:30am Top

I read The Known World which was excellent! This story of black farmer and former slave Henry Townsend, puts an interesting spin on free blacks and black slave owners. The book won both the Pulitzer in 2004 and the International Dublin Literary Award in 2005.

Apr 18, 5:44pm Top

Finally finished The Sympathizer, which won the Pulitzer for fiction last year. It was slow going at first, but ultimately rewarding.

Apr 18, 7:52pm Top

Just finished An available man by Hilma Wolitzer that was on the IMPAC long list in 2014. As I expected, there is not much happening, but so well-written. I enjoyed it a lot.

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