A NORTH Clare publisher has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for the third year in-a-row, it was announced this week.
The Ballyvaughan-based publishing house, Móinín, has again this year had two of its publications nominated on the shortlist of six for the 2010 Book of the Year for Younger Readers and the prestigious Réics Carló Award.
Having won the award outright in 2008 and having made the shortlist again in 2009, Móinín this year has two novels, Na Clocha Síneacha, written by Karen Tazi in collaboration with Ré Ó Laighléis and Ruball Trioball, written by Esther Gobl Uí Nualláin on the shortlist.
“At a time when the conglomerates in the world of publishing are devouring the smaller outfits and the minnows, as in all fields of life, are experiencing considerable hardship in their efforts to survive, this is particularly heartening news again for Móinín,” says founding member Ré Ó Laighléis.
“Our interest, from the beginning, has been in attaining a standard of excellence, not just in the written work itself but also in the physical presentation and design of a Móinín book, and as the Réics Carló Award is primarily a publishing award, we view these shortlist nominations in themselves as an affirmation of our efforts to consistently achieve that standard.”
The shortlist was announced in the Sugar Club, Dublin on Tuesday last and the winning publishing house and writer of the work will be presented with their awards at the Oireachtas Literary Awards presentation in Croke Park on Tuesday, September 28.