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Four local authors in the running for $150,000 international literary prize

Fourteen Canadian novels have been named to the International Dublin Literary Award longlist; four of them are by women in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Leslie Vryenhoek (left), Sara Tilley and Stan Dragland chat with BMO Winterset Award founder Richard Gwyn (second from left) before the award ceremony at Government House this past spring. Tilley was named winner of the Winterset for her novel, "Duke." Tilley and Vryenhoek's novels have now been named to the longlist for the prestigious International Dublin Literary Award. — Photo by Tara Bradbury/The Telegram

Sara Tilley’s “Duke,” Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s “The Devil You Know,” Joan Clark’s “The Birthday Lunch” and Leslie Vryenhoek’s “Ledger of the Open Hand” are among the 147 novels from around the globe on the longlist for the prestigious international award. It’s also the world’s most valuable literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English, coming with a prize of 100,000 Euros — CDN $142,808.

The International Dublin Literary Award (formerly the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) is an initiative of the Dublin, Ireland city council.

A panel of six judges will narrow the novels down to a shortlist, which will be announced in April, with the winner set to be announced June 21.

Tilley's "Duke" was also named the winner of this year's Heritage and History Book Award in the fiction category over the weekend. Local author Janet McNaughton won the Children's/Young Adult category for her novel, "Flame and Ashes: The Great Fire Diary of Triffie Winsor."



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