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Colm Toibin shortlisted for Frank O'Connor prize

13th July 2011

Colm Toibin is one of the shortlisted candidates for the EUR 35,000 (GBP 31,000) Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2011, the richest short prize in the world.

He has been shortlisted for his book The Empty Family, alongside fellow Irish writer Edna O'Brien's Saints and Sinners, while first-time authors Alexander MacLeod and Suzanne Rivecca are also in contention with Light Lifting and Death is Not an Option, respectively.

Former winner Yiyun Li's Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and American novelist Valerie Trueblood's Marry or Burn complete the shortlist for the prize, which is awarded each year to a short story collection of outstanding quality.

Judge Alannah Hopkin said it has been a 'bumper year' for Irish writing, with Toibin and O'Brien both worthy candidates.

'I opened Toibin's book The Empty Family and read only a few sentences before I said "Oh my God, he's a master". With Edna O'Brien, you feel like you're inside someone else's mind. These are not conventional stories,' Hopkin added.

The winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2011 will be announced on September 18th.

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