Michael Thomas, an African American writer, is €100 000 richer as a result of winning the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his first novel Man Gone Down. This international prize accepts nominations from libraries around the world, and this year there were 146 entries from 157 public libraries in 41 countries.
So, why is this news making me particularly happy? The library that submitted the sole nomination for this winning novel was the National Library Service of Barbados in Bridgetown. ‘My’ library.
We may be small, but we can recognise literary excellence!