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J'can coming-of-age story vies for major literary award

Published:Sunday | December 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Photo by Paul Williams A-Dziko Simba Gegele and Tanya Batson-Savage of Blouse and Skirt Books hold copies of Gegele's first novel, All Over Again, during its launch on Sunday, September 29, in the Centre for the Arts at the University of Technology Jamaica. All Over Again was published by Blouse and Skirt Books.

Kingston, Jamaica:

The blurb of A-dZiko Simba Gegele's debut novel All Over Again declares "growing up is hard ..." one of the simple truisms of life. Yet the book, which regales the pains of growing up with great hilarity, seems to be coming into its own. Having won the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature earlier this year, All Over Again has now made it to the longlist for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards, the world's most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.

All Over Again (Blouse and Skirt Books, 2013) is among the list of 142 books from 39 countries that will vie for highly respected award and its impressive purse. The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards comes with a ยง100,000 cash prize. The list originates from nominations made from 114 libraries across the world. All Over Again is among the 29 debut novels on the longlist which also includes 49 titles in translation.

contenders

Books contending for the 2015 award include those that have already won some of the literary world's top prizes. These include The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize; The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; and The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, winner of the 2013 National Book Award.

Previous winners of the awards includes The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated from Spanish by Anne McLean (2014); City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (2013); Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (2012); and Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (2011).

The longlist was recently announced in Dublin by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, patron of the award, at a ceremony in The Dublin City Library & Archive. The shortlist will be announced April 15, 2015 and the winner June 17, 2015.