The IMPAC Award shortlistÂ was announcedÂ today. The IMPAC sets itself apart with its unique approach. ItsÂ massive longlistÂ is compiled by libraries all over the world before being whittled down by judges. This makes for a more egalitarian selection. Itâ€™s also got a long lead time. Several books up for the current prize (to be named in June) were initially published as far back as 2013, putting the IMPAC more than a year behind other big literary awards. Thereâ€™s a distinct upside in this. By now, nearly all the shortlisted books are available in paperback in the U.S.
The IMPAC also tends to be interesting for the breadth of books it considers, and the 2015 shortlist is no exception, with seven countries represented, though only three of the books are translated works. Four of the ten shortlisters are by women.
- AmericanahÂ byÂ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Horses of GodÂ byÂ Mahi Binebine
- HarvestÂ byÂ Jim Crace
- The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthÂ byÂ Richard Flanagan
- Burial RitesÂ byÂ Hannah Kent
- KÂ byÂ Bernardo Kucinski
- Brief Loves that Live ForeverÂ byÂ AndreÃ¯ Makine
- TransAtlanticÂ byÂ Colum McCann
- SomeoneÂ byÂ Alice McDermottÂ
- SpartaÂ byÂ Roxana Robinson