American author Akhil Sharma on 9 June 2016 won the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Family Life.
Family Life was chosen from a total of 160 titles, nominated by libraries in 118 cities in 43 countries. It was first published in the USA by W.W. Norton and in the UK by Faber & Faber.
Sharma is the third American author to win the prize in its 21 year history.
The book Family Life tells the story of eight-year-old Ajay, whose family move from Delhi to America in 1978.
Who is Akhil Sharma?
• Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi on 22 July 1971.
• He immigrated to the United States when he was eight, and grew up in Edison, New Jersey.
• He graduated from J.P. Stevens High School.
• He studied at Princeton University, where he earned his B.A. in public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School.
• He won a Stegner Fellowship to the writing program at Stanford, where he won several O. Henry Prizes.
• His first novel is An Obedient Father.
• In 2001, he won PEN/Hemingway Award for An Obedient Father.
About International DUBLIN Literary Award
• The International DUBLIN Literary Award is an international literary award.
• The award was established in 1994 as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
• It is awarded each year for a novel written in English or translated into English.
• It aims to promote excellence in world literature and is solely sponsored by the City of Dublin, Ireland.
• At 100000 euro, the award is one of the richest literary prizes in the world.
• If the winning book is a translation, the prize is divided between the writer and the translator with the writer receiving 75000 euro and the translator 25000 euro.
• Jim Crace won the 2015 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Harvest.
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When: Announced on 9 June 2016