By Edward Nawotka
Oh, this should make those Irish eyes smile…
Column McCann has won the 2011 Dublin IMPAC Award for his novel Let the Great World Spin. The prize is open to all books published in English from across the world and is touted as being among the richest book prizes in the world, awarding €100,000 ($145,000) to the winning author.
The judges called Let the Great World Spin, which is set in New York City in 1974 as Phillippe Petit walks on a tightrope between the towers of the World Trade Center, “a remarkable literary work, a genuinely 21st-century novel that speaks to its time but is not enslaved by it.”
IMPAC, a Florida management company, has in the past also sponsored the IMPAC Young Writers Awards which are given to authors in the USA, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Malaysia and Thailand.