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/
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'...
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.
I'm just about done The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, an International Dublin Literary Award longlist book from 2010.
I've started Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
ETA: Long listed for Dublin award this year.
>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.
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.
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/
The Snow Child / Eowyn Ivey
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!
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.
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.
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.
Finally finished The Sympathizer, which won the Pulitzer for fiction last year. It was slow going at first, but ultimately rewarding.
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