Canadian Books on the International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2020

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

  1. James M Fisher says:

    You did well to have reviewed all these books, Naomi. I’ve only read The Luminous Sea! Keep up the good work!

    • Naomi says:

      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!

  2. whatmeread says:

    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.

  3. Rebecca Foster says:

    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!

  4. Laila@BigReadingLife says:

    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.

    • Naomi says:

      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!

  5. annelogan17 says:

    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 🙂

  6. The Cue Card says:

    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.

  7. Brona says:

    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 🙂

    • Naomi says:

      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.

  8. buriedinprint says:

    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!)

    • Naomi says:

      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. 🙂

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