Valeria Luiselli, professor at Bard College, wins prestigious Dublin literary award 2021 for her archive of novels about lost children

Valeria Luiselli, winner of the 2021 Dublin Literary Award at the Residence of the Irish Consul General in New York, New York.

Author and professor at Bard College Valeria Luiselli won the Dublin Literary Prize 2021 for his novel Archives of lost children. Sponsored by Dublin City Council, the prize, with a prize of € 100,000, is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Luiselli is the first Mexican writer and the fifth woman to win the prestigious award in 26 years of history. Uniquely, the Dublin Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the world and recognizes both writers and translators. The winner was announced on Thursday, May 20, at a special online event, at the opening of the Dublin International Literature Festival, which will run until May 30. Mayor Hazel Chu made the announcement from Dublin, with the presentation at Luiselli taking place at the Irish Consulate in New York. Irish Consul General Ciarán Madden, and former Dublin Literary Award winner Colm Tóibín, presented his award to Luiselli on behalf of Dublin City Council.

Archives of lost children tells an old story, the one Cervantes told. . . and Cormac McCarthy, the story of what happens to the human mind on the road, how a long journey jeopardizes what was stable and agreed upon, ”said Tóibín, who won the Dublin Literary Award in 2006 for his novel The master. “Luiselli wrote a novel in which stories wind up. She rendered her characters with amazing grace and insight, and through them she drew a picture of what they were headed for throughout the book, the disputed place, where the old rules don’t apply. , for which a new form of archive is needed. “

Accepting his prize, Luiselli spoke passionately about the importance of literature more than ever. “I can say without a shadow of a doubt that without books – without sharing in the company of the human experiences of other writers – we would not have survived these months,” she said. “If our spirits have found a revival, if we have found the strength to continue, if we have retained a sense of enthusiasm for life, it is thanks to the worlds that the books have given us. Each time, we have found solace in the companions who live on our shelves. “

Watch Valeria Luiselli’s acceptance speech HERE.

“This year’s Dublin Literary Award winner is a very important book, with important themes around family and the things that matter most to us as human beings,” said the Mayor of Dublin and patron of the Hazel Chu award. “I am very proud of our city for providing this opportunity for libraries around the world to submit the books that have captured the reader’s attention the most. The award helps us get to know each other and understand the world better, thanks to the insight that literature offers us. “

About Archives of lost children
In Valeria Luiselli’s fiercely imaginative sequel to the American Book Award Tell me How it ends, a couple of artists went with their two children for a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to unravel: a rift grows between the parents, one that children can almost feel under their feet. Through instants like songs, cards, and a Polaroid camera, kids try to make sense of both their family’s crisis and the biggest news-swallowing story: the stories of thousands of children. trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States but being detained. – or lost in the desert along the way. A breathtaking feat of literary virtuosity, Archives of lost children is timely, compassionate, subtly hilarious, and formally inventive – a powerful and urgent story about what it means to be human in an inhuman world.

About Lucas Valeria Luiselli
Valeria Luiselli, Sadie Samuelson Levy Professor of Languages ​​and Literature at Bard College, was born in Mexico City and raised in South Korea, South Africa and India. Acclaimed writer of fiction and non-fiction, she is the author of the novels Faces in the crowd and The story of my teeth, which won the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction 2016; the collection of essays Sidewalks; and Tell me how it ends: An essay in forty questions. She won two Los Angeles Times awards and an American Book Award, and was twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize. She was a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” laureate and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. His work appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s, among other publications, and has been translated into over twenty languages. Archives of lost children, which won the 2020 Rathbones Folio Award, is her first novel written in English. She lives in New York.

About Bard College
Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place Estate, Bard’s campus spans nearly 1,000 acres of parkland in the Hudson River Valley. It offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 university programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; eight first colleges; and numerous double degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 161-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and globally to meet the broader needs of students and improve access to liberal arts education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scientific excellence, an arts focus and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life and democratic discourse by training the opinion leaders of tomorrow. For more information about Bard College, visit

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Publication date: 05/21/2021

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