Oh, I guess they can see us from over there …

Oh, wait, a European (ish) literary prize that recognizes American authors? Oh. I’m confused. Nobel was just telling us we don’t matter… huh.

IMPAC just released their 2009 shortlist.

From IMPAC’s site:

“The shortlist of the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was formally announced by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Eibhlin Byrne on April 2nd, 2009 at 10.00am in The Mansion House

The shortlist was selected from a total of 146 novels nominated by 157 public library systems in 117 cities worldwide. The Award is worth €100,000 and is the world’s most valuable literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.”

Take that Sweden. Your pop-music may be charming and addictive, but your literary criticism is wanting. Can we vote in this thing? Please place one vote in the Junot Diaz box, plzkthnxbai.

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