Graceland (Today Show Pick January 2005)

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IMPAC shortlist

The IMPAC shortlist is in. If you don't know about the IMPAC, it's very unique prize with a very long longlist. The longlist is composed of nominees from over 150 libraries around the world. Those picks are then whittled down to a shortlist via a panel of judges. As you'll see from the shortlist, since the process leading up to this award takes so long, some of the books aren't exactly new. I think involving libraries makes the IMPAC unique compared to a lot of other awards out there. It seems a lot more egalitarian than, say, the Booker or the National Book Award, and I appreciate the international flavor as well. That's why I included it in my prizewinners post last year. There's more info about the award at the IMPAC site. Now, here's the shortlist with some comments:Graceland by Chris Abani - This book about Nigeria was nominated by a library in Sweeden. - excerptMaps For Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam was an LBC nominee - we wrote about it for five posts sarting with this one. Another example of the multiculturalism of the IMPAC: this book about Pakistanis living in England was nominated by libraries in Belgium and South Africa. - excerptHavoc in Its Third Year by Ronan Bennett - I've been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard about it. Was read and loved at Book World. - excerptsThe Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe - excerptAn Altered Light by Jens Christian Grondahl - excerptBreaking the Tongue by Vyvyane LohDon't Move by Margaret Mazzantini - excerptThe Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra - excerptThe Master by Colm Toibin - excerptThe Logogryph by Thomas Wharton
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