This year there are 9 Canadian books on the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award longlist.
The ones I’ve read:
Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott – winner of the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature 2019 (my review)
French Exit by Patrick deWitt – finalist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize (my review)
The Boat People by Sharon Bala – finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (my review)
The Luminous Sea by Melissa Barbeau – finalist for the 2019 BMO Winterset Award and Winner of the IPPY Award for Fiction Canada East (my review)
The Red Word by Sarah Henstra – winner of the 2018 Governor General’s Award for Fiction (my review)
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson – finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Award for Fiction (review at NPR)
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan – winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and finalist for the 2018 Booker Prize (my review)
Women Talking by Miriam Toews – finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction ( my review)
The One Book I Haven’t Read:
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje – longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize (review at Buried in Print)
Have you read any books on the longlist? Any thoughts/predictions/wishes?
Canadian Books on the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award Longlist
Canadian books on the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award Longlist
Canadian books on the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award Longlist
I‘m signing off now until the New Year, when I will post my best books of 2019. Thank you for reading, sharing, commenting, and for being such great bookish friends!
Wishing you some peaceful reading time over the Holidays!
29 thoughts on “Canadian Books on the International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2020”
You did well to have reviewed all these books, Naomi. I’ve only read The Luminous Sea! Keep up the good work!
Normally I haven’t read so many of them, but there were also less Canadians on the list this year. I was so happy to see Luminous Sea on there!
I just looked at the entire longlist, and I’ve never seen such a long longlist! How do they even judge all those books? On your Canadian list, I have actually read two of them, The Luminous Sea and Washington Black. However, I’ve read 13 from the longlist and I am reading one more right now.
I don’t know how they do it, either! How do they ever narrow it down to one?!
I didn’t know you read The Luminous Sea! I can’t find it on your blog… Was it a recent read?
I haven’t reviewed it yet. I’ve got about a five-month backup.
I’ll watch for it!
I always find this one such a fascinating (if overwhelming) longlist. I think I’ve worked out that I have read 26 from it in total … with another 12 DNFs, one skimmed, and one currently reading. Of the Canadian ones, it was just the Bala, deWitt and Edugyan for me. Happy holidays!
So, really, that’s 40. 😉
That’s generous of you! I guess I at least have some familiarity with 40 of the books, yes. It’ll be interesting to see what makes the shortlist.
It will! Wouldn’t it be fun to be part of that one?!
Wow, that is a LONG long list! i’ve only read 7 of them in total. Quite a few are on my TBR. It’s interesting to see the different covers (different from US versions.) I did read French Exit and loved it.
I do like scrolling through the list just to see all the book covers! It’s amazing to me that there are that many (and more!) great books that get published every year!
Delighted to see French Exit on the list. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget Small Frank..
Such a great book! There are a few books on the list I recognize from your blog. 🙂
I’ve only read Boat People, Washington Black, and Warlight from the Canadian ones here. I’m off to check out the full longlist and see how I fare!
Haven’t read Warlight either. I really want to read The Red Word and the Luminous Sea though. Glad to see so many CDN books on that list thought!!! Happy Holidays to you and yours 🙂
The Red Word is good, but be ready for some graphic scenes!
I’m curious about which of these you liked the best. I have only read one : Washington Black which was wonderful. I think the author knocked it out of the park, 5 stars. Enjoy your holidays.
They are all good, but if I had to pick one it would be The Luminous Sea. 🙂
I’ve only read Washington Black – which I really enjoyed, actually loved a lot, for the first half, but felt that it lost it’s way during the second part.
We have 12 Aussies on the list this year –
Flames by Robbie Arnott (read)
The Making of Martin Sparrow by Peter Cochrane
Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (read)
A Stolen Season by Rodney Hall
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Shell by Kristina Olsson (read)
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen
The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton (read)
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (about to read)
It’s an unwieldy longlist but a great way to explode ones wishlist 🙂
Australia has done well! Do you have a favourite of the ones you’ve read? I’d say The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the most well-known around here, but The Shepherd’s Hut really appeals to me.
Hm, I’ve read The Saturday Night Ghost Club…I thought it was a decent story, but not really award worthy ^^;
That’s probably not the book I’d steer people towards, although I liked it well enough. You might want to try Catching the Light – it’s marketed as YA (although I didn’t realize it at the time).
Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll check it out. I’d like to read more books set in Newfoundland.
I found it very true to Newfoundland and the Maritimes!
Informative, happy New year
How fantastic that you’ve read so many of them: good on you! (And good on them for making such a good list.) Also, thanks for linking to my Warlight thoughts: it’s a remarkable book. Did you feel compelled to set all other books aside and read it over the holidays? Just kidding. It’s not exactly holiday reading…although certainly engaging…more than you might guess! (I’ve read six – all very fine. And the others are all on my TBR…a couple of which are there because of you!)
I would love to read Warlight. But, then again, I would love to read so many books. Who knows, maybe I’ll get a little nudge towards it one of these days. 🙂