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IMPAC Unveils Eclectic Shortlist

By posted at 7:18 am on April 12, 2010 2

The IMPAC Award shortlist was announced last night. The IMPAC sets itself apart with its unique approach. Its massive longlist is compiled by libraries all over the world before being whittled down by judges. This makes for a more egalitarian selection. It’s also got a long lead time. Books up for the current prize (to be named June 17th) were all published in 2008, putting the IMPAC more than a year behind other big literary awards. There’s a distinct upside in this. By now, all the shortlisted books are available in paperback. We’ve also always found the IMPAC interesting for the breadth of books it considers.

This year’s shortlist is typically eclectic, representing six countries and ranging from bestsellers, to relative unknowns.

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2 Responses to “IMPAC Unveils Eclectic Shortlist”

  1. NME
    at 1:01 pm on April 16, 2010

    Snakes alive. What a disappointing list. My money’s on the bland HOME winning on name recognition alone.

  2. Drew
    at 10:28 pm on April 16, 2010

    What do you consider disappointing about the list? Have you read all the books they shortlisted?

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