- 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
- 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
- 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
- Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week
2015 IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award Short-List
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Created: 17 April 2015
2 Africans, 1 Irish author & 3 novels in translation on the short-list
10 novels have been short-listed for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes TransAtlantic by Irish author and former winner, Colum McCann, three novels in translation from Brazil, France and Morocco and novels from Australia, Nigeria, the UK and the USA.
The IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched on 7th April 1995, making this year our 20th anniversary.
The short-listed titles are:
1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigerian) Published by Fourth Estate and by Alfred A. Knopf.
2. Horses of God by Mahi Binebine (Moroccan) Translated from French by Lulu Norman. Published by Tin House Books.
3. Harvest by Jim Crace (British) Published by Picador and by Alfred A. Knopf.
4. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australian) Published by Vintage Australia.
5. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Australian) First Novel. Published by Little, Brown & Company and by Picador Australia.
6. K by Bernardo Kucinski (Brazilian) Translated from Portuguese by Sue Branford. Published by Latin American Bureau.
7. Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andreï Makine (French, Russian-born) Translated from French by Geoffrey Strachan. Published by MacLehose Press.
8. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann (Irish) Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, Random House Inc. and HarperCollins Canada.
9. Someone by Alice McDermott (American) Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
10. Sparta by Roxana Robinson (American) Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
“The titles on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA”, said Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, Patron of the Award. “This is a list of high quality literature with three novels in translation which might not otherwise be brought to the attention of readers. I am delighted to see a Dubliner’s name included on the list – Colum McCann.”
“The 20th winner will be chosen from this intriguing international shortlist which includes four women writers. The novels come from Africa, America, Australia, Brazil, France, Ireland and the UK” said Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, “While many of the stories reflect contemporary themes, they bring us characters facing timeless challenges of love and loss, of innocence and isolation. These engaging stories are set against contrasting landscapes which include Brooklyn, Iceland and Lagos. “
The five member international judging panel; Valentine Cunningham, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Daniel Hahn, Kate Pullinger and Jordi Soler; chaired by Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, will select one winner which will be announced by the Lord Mayor on the morning of Wednesday 17 June.