2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner highlights

Jane Alger, Director Dublin UNESCO City of Literature: Good morning and welcome to the Round Room of the Mansion House for this the announcement of the winner of the 19th International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian: This
award reinforces the association of Dublin and Ireland with creativity and imagination. Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke: Each
year librarians and readers from cities around the globe bring to our attention wonderful
works of fiction that we might otherwise never discover for ourselves. The winner is The
Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean. Juan Gabriel Vasquez: I’m honoured, and
humbled and grateful to be here. Thank-you, from the bottom of my heart for sharing the
idea that this is important, for recognising its pertinence, and for supporting with such
commitment those of us who think that it is something worth dedicating your life to. Thank-you
very much. The fact that it is libraries who nominate
the books means a big deal for me. Anne McLean: The IMPAC, wow! The Dublin Literary
Award that is a big, big prize. Margaret Hayes: In 2015 we’ll be celebrating
20 years of the award and it’s onwards and upwards Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke: It’s quite
evident here this morning how important this award is, particularly for the city of Dublin
so I certainly will always be committed to the award.

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