Two Reviews of Canadian titles longlisted for Dublin Literary Award*

Of the four Canadian titles longlisted for the prestigious Dublin Literary Award, two were previously reviewed here at The Miramichi Reader, both by long-time contributor Ian Colford.

The four Canadian fiction novels are:

  • The Innocents by Michael Crummey
  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel,
  • The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya
  • Reproduction by Ian Williams

Ian’s reviews can be found here:

  • The Innocents: “The genius of The Innocents is that, though it references a vividly rendered and tangibly authentic historical context, the atmosphere is post-apocalyptic.”
  • Reproduction: “…readers who persevere to the end will be hard-pressed to find another novel that portrays life as we know it with such flair, ingenuity, authenticity and genuine affection.”

The Glass Hotel was reviewed by Naomi MacKinnon at her site, Consumed by Ink: ” What a joy to experience the story and characters through her intricately woven plot and beautiful prose.” Link: #ShadowGiller: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – Consumed by Ink

The €100,000 ($153,863 Cdn) prize annually recognizes the best work of fiction in English from anywhere in the world. 2021 marks the 26th year for the prize.

The prize’s longlist is compiled by library nominations from around the world. More than 400 library systems participate in the program.

The shortlist will be announced on March 25, and the winner will be revealed on May 20. The Dublin Literary Awards 2021 website is here: DUBLIN Literary Award.

*some text copied from CBC Books article here.