Victoria's Esi Edugyan among Canucks in running for IMPAC Dublin prize

Anita Rau Badami, Patrick de Witt, Esi Edugyan and Michael Ondaatje are among the Canadian authors up for the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The long list consists of 154 books, nominated by libraries in 120 cities. The prize is worth a whopping 100,000 pounds (roughly $160,000 Cdn).

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Canadians who've previously won the IMPAC Dublin prize include Rawi Hage in 2008 for De Niro's Game and Alistair MacLeod for No Great Mischief in 2001.

Prize organizers say this year's most nominated book is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, which received 15 nominations.

Another title with multiple nominations was DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General's Literary Award.

Victoria writer Esi Edugyan's book, Half Blood Blues, about a black jazz musician in Nazi Germany, took the Scotia Bank Giller prize for 2011, and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.

The short list for the IMPAC Dublin prize - to be determined by a panel of judges - will be revealed on April 9, 2013, with the winner to be unveiled on June 6.

Visit impacdublinaward. ie/nominees for complete list of nominations.

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