Barry in line to win €100k city book prize
WRITER Kevin Barry is the only Irish author shortlisted for a €100,000 literary prize in Dublin next week.
His first novel, City Of Bohane, is competing against nine other writers for the world's most valuable award for a single work of fiction published in English.
"Anything that keeps a book in the spotlight and keeps people talking about books is good," Mr Barry said in response to the news that he had been shortlisted.
"And a prize with money attached to it has a lot of prestige," he added.
He is also the author of two acclaimed collections of short stories – There Are Little Kingdoms, and Dark Lies The Island. Two of his stories have been published in the New Yorker.
City Of Bohane is set in mid-21st-century Ireland, where the three main housing estates are named after poets – Seamus Heaney, Louis MacNeice and Patrick Kavanagh.
The winner of the 18th International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards will be announced in the Mansion House in Dublin next Thursday, June 6.
Dublin Lord Mayor and patron of the award, Naoise O Muiri, said he was "very much looking forward" to the award ceremony. "The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is highly prestigious," he said. "I am so honoured that Dublin City Council continues to support this award."