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Nenagh author Dónal Ryan has been nominated for an Irish Book Award in the best newcomer category for his debut novel The Spinning Heart.
The nominations for this year’s award were announced at a ceremony in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre recently and the winners will be announced on November 22nd when the gala dinner and awards ceremony takes place in the RDS.
The Irish Book Awards began life as The Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year; a sort of Irish Booker with one winner chosen by a tight little jury of experts who read 40-50 novels before selecting a winner. In 2006 the format was broadened to include several categories
On an annual basis over 30,000 readers vote to select the winners in each category. Libraries and bookshops showcase the best books of the year in the critical sales period of the fourth quarter.
The awards dinner has become the major event in the literary calendar with Taoisigh and Presidents attending as guests of honour.
Exclusively Irish the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – like no other awards.
In the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year category Dónal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart has been nominated for an award alongside The China Factory by Mary Costello, The Crocodile by the Door by Selina Guinness, Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin, This Is How It Ends by Kathleen MacMahon and We Have a Good Time Don’t We? by Maeve Higgins.
Vote for Dónal Ryan and The Spinning Heart.