Americans Dominate International IMPAC Award Shortlist

Half the eight finalists for the International IMPAC Literary Award ($132,200) are Americans. The list, announced this morning in Dublin, includes:

The winner will be announced June 11. The IMPAC is the world's richest prize for a single work of fiction published in English (includes translations). The contest is run by Dublin City Libraries and includes nominations from librarians around the world. This year's 146 nominations came from 157 libraries in 117 cities.

By Ron Charles |  April 2, 2009; 10:50 AM ET Awards , Ron Charles
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I have a question, and I apologize in advance if the answer is obvious or inconsequential -- I am asking in a glazed daze after a day in the cubicle--but what does IMPAC stand for? I assume it is an acronym, but its website does not spell it out.

Posted by: cebeling | April 2, 2009 3:19 PM

Not obvious at all. So far as I can tell, it's one of those made-up corporate names. See their rather opaque Web site here:

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