2010 IMPAC contest winner


The 2010 IMPAC award has been won by Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin.   Translated from the Dutch, it was Bakker’s debut book.  While I am not surprised that a translated work won (given the IMPAC tradition), I’ll admit that I would have predicted the German contender, Christoph Hein’s Settlement, would have been the choice.

There were three correct predictions in KfC’s contest, Crake from Buenos Aires, Kerry from Baltimore and Ceri Kay from I don’t know where. (EDIT: Ceri lives in North Wales — I am quite chuffed that the three winners come from three different continents.) Given the international nature of the IMPAC winner — and the international nature of the three correct predictions, I am going to arbitrarily change the rules and award each of the three $75.  If that is okay with you three, I think I have email addresses for each of you and will be in touch to figure out how to set up your prize.

Thanks to all 35 people who entered — predictions were spread across all eight finalists (in fact, Bakker was second from the bottom in terms of number of picks).  The book is certainly a worthwhile read.  I’ll leave links to all eight of the shortlist up in the side bar for a while.

7 Responses to “2010 IMPAC contest winner”

  1. kimbofo Says:

    Congrats to the three winners!


  2. Tom C Says:

    Ah, like you I wanted Settlement to win. But then I’ve not read them all, unlike you. So many books, so little time.


  3. Kerry Says:

    Thanks Kevin (and Kim too)!

    I enjoyed the coverage very much and was quite surprised at the result. I am going to go out and get the winner.

    Great coverage, great contest.


  4. Colette Jones Says:

    Your contests are excellent, Kevin. Thanks for running them.


  5. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Thanks to all of you, too. I do enjoy running my contests. And am happy to be able to dispatch prize-winning books all over the world. Great fun.


  6. Crake Says:

    Thank you, kimbofo.

    Kevin, I absolutely agree with Kerry’s and Colette’s comments.

    Regarding this year’s Impac winner, the Irish Times reports that Gerbrand Bakker’s new novel, The Detour, is scheduled to be published in the Netherlands in October.



  7. Ceri Kay Says:

    Thanks so much for the prize!


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