Canadian Books On the International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2018

This year there are 16 Canadian books on the International Dublin Literary Award longlist.

8 Canadian books on the list that I’ve read and reviewed

(Click on the book titles to see my reviews.)

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien – winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award, shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize

The Break by Katherena Vermette – finalist for the 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, finalist for 2016 Canada Reads

Transit by Rachel Cusk – shortlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad – shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

This Marlowe by Michelle Butler Hallett – a “Very Best” book for 2016 at The Miramichi Reader

The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux – winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Flannery by Lisa Moore – finalist for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature

 

8 Canadian books on the list I haven’t read

The Island of Books by Dominique Fortier – review at Montreal Review of Books

The Parcel by Anosh Irani – review at the Quill&Quire, 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize nominee, 2017 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize nominee

The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee – review at The Globe and Mail, 2017 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize nominee

Niagara Motel by Ashley Little – review at Malcolm Avenue Review, 2017 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize nominee

By Gaslight by Steven Price – reviews at Bookish Beck and Buried in Print, shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Today I Learned It Was You by Edward Riche – review at The Indextrious Reader

The Last Half of the Year by Paul Rowe – review at The Miramichi Reader

All That Man Is by David Szalay – review at The New York Times, 2016 Man Booker Prize nominee

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The only non-Canadian book on the list that I’ve read is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (which I loved).

Have you read any of these? Any thoughts on the list? Books you’re surprised to see, or not to see?

The list of Canadian books on the International Dublin Literary Awards from 2017

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23 thoughts on “Canadian Books On the International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2018

  1. Rebecca Foster says:

    I think I worked out that I’d at least sampled 32 books on the longlist. And boy is it a long list! Thanks for linking to my By Gaslight review…even though I only skimmed that one! 😉 I’ve also read the Thien, Szalay and Donoghue.

    • Naomi says:

      I love it, too. It’s a good chance to get a quick look at new books from other countries. And it’s nice to see a bunch of countries and languages all mixed up together!

  2. Laila@BigReadingLife says:

    Oh wow – thanks for writing about this list – it’s so fun to see what’s nominated and I do such a bad job of being aware of translated works that this is nice to peruse. I’ve only read 7 on the list but quite a few are on my TBR.

  3. Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis says:

    As little up to date reading that I’m doing, I’m surprised that I’ve actually read three of the eight that you have: The Break, The Wonder, and Flannery. (I love Lisa Moore’s writing.)

    Of the ones that you have not read, I’m intrigued by the cover & title of Niagara Motel; having lived in the region for over three decades draws me to anything with the Niagara ‘stamp’.
    The cover of The Last Half of the Year (trucks again!) and the synopses of that book and of All That Man Is have put both on my ‘Books of Interest’ list.

    I love the way you break down this huge list each year. Thanks for wading through it. 🙂

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Debbie!
      I’m starting to think we are drawn to the same types of books. Both the Niagara book and the Last Half of the Year are ones that stick out for me, too!

  4. susan says:

    By Gaslight is a long one. Haven’t read it but heard the author read from it. I’m thinking I should read The Break since I’ve seen it everywhere. Interesting list.

    • Naomi says:

      Yes, definitely read The Break! I can’t advise you on By Gaslight, however, since I still haven’t read it. I need to be ready for it – but then I wonder, when will that be?!

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