What IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominee Should You Read (Based on What You Drink this St. Patrick's Day)?

For our next read this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re looking to the green shores of Dublin. The annual IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is given each year to a novel longlisted based on recommendations from public librarians, so we know they’re all good reads! Choose the drink you’re most likely to imbibe tonight, and we’ll serve you up an IMPAC nominee to check out the morning after.

AllLitUpCanada
On Mar 16, 2016

What are you drinking?

Guinness = The Logogryph by Thomas Wharton (Gaspereau Press)

Guinness = The Logogryph by Thomas Wharton (Gaspereau Press)

Thomas Wharton’s book-about-books suits Guinness, the drink-about-drinking-on-St. Patrick’s Day. For our full list of IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominees, including The Logogryph, head here: https://alllitup.ca/lists/IMPAC-Dublin-Literary-Award

Whiskey Shot = Where White Horses Gallop by Beatrice MacNeil (Breakwater Books)

Whiskey Shot = Where White Horses Gallop by Beatrice MacNeil (Breakwater Books)

Beatrice MacNeil’s story of three brave Cape Breton men signing up to fight in WWII suits readers who opt for the very-manly choice of a shot of whiskey. For our full list of IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominees, including Where White Horses Gallop, head here: https://alllitup.ca/lists/IMPAC-Dublin-Literary-Award

Water = My Name is Bosnia by Madeline Gagnon (TalonBooks)

Water = My Name is Bosnia by Madeline Gagnon (TalonBooks)

Water-drinkers will patrol their own shelves with the garden hose after reading the reluctant book-burning in Madeline Gagnon’s novel. For our full list of IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominees, including My Name is Bosnia, head here: https://alllitup.ca/lists/IMPAC-Dublin-Literary-Award

Wine = Love Letters of the Angels of Death by Jennifer Quist (Linda Leith Publishing)

Wine = Love Letters of the Angels of Death by Jennifer Quist (Linda Leith Publishing)

Jennifer Quist’s tale of family tragedy and how marriage endures reminds us of another ingredient for marriages enduring: wine. For our full list of IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominees, including Love Letters of the Angels of Death, head here: https://alllitup.ca/lists/IMPAC-Dublin-Literary-Award

Caesar = The Famished Lover by Alan Cumyn (Goose Lane Editions)

Caesar = The Famished Lover by Alan Cumyn (Goose Lane Editions)

Alan Cumyn’s Famished Lover could be sated by a Caesar, (in)famously adorned with all kinds of pickled things. For our full list of IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominees, including The Famished Lover, head here: https://alllitup.ca/lists/IMPAC-Dublin-Literary-Award

Pop = Niko by Dmitri Nasrallah (Vehicule Press)

Pop = Niko by Dmitri Nasrallah (Vehicule Press)

Dmitri Nasrallah’s eponymous protagonist in Niko, who’s suffered innumerable hardships for his six short years, gets a pop. For our full list of IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominees, including Niko, head here: https://alllitup.ca/lists/IMPAC-Dublin-Literary-Award

Martini = The Confessions of Nipper Mooney by Ed Kavanagh (Creative Book Publishing)

Martini = The Confessions of Nipper Mooney by Ed Kavanagh (Creative Book Publishing)

When we hear the words “horrors of childhood” in a description like the one for Ed Kavanagh’s novel, we immediately think “martini” (been watching too much Bojack Horseman, clearly). For our full list of IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominees, including The Confessions of Nipper Mooney, head here: https://alllitup.ca/lists/IMPAC-Dublin-Literary-Award

Something ending in “bomb” = The Milk Chicken Bomb by Andrew Wedderburn (Coach House Books)

Something ending in “bomb” = The Milk Chicken Bomb by Andrew Wedderburn (Coach House Books)

A Milk Chicken Bomb is the invention of a ten-year-old in Andrew Wedderburn’s novel, as the suffix-”bomb” drink is an invention of people too young to understand the ramifications of what they’re doing to their bodies. For our full list of IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominees, including The Milk Chicken Bomb, head here: https://alllitup.ca/lists/IMPAC-Dublin-Literary-Award