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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016

prime-ministers-literary-awardsThe Prime Minister’s Literary Awards began in 2008 and aim to recognise individual excellence and the contribution Australian authors make to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.  The panel of judges make recommendations to the Prime Minister for the shortlists and winners across each of the six categories but it is the Prime Minister who makes the final decision (and in 2014 Tony Abbott famously overruled the judges and made his own choice, The Narrow Road to the Deep North  by Richard Flanagan).

The winner of each category — Fiction, Non-fiction, Australian History, Poetry, Young Adult Fiction and Children’s Fiction — is awarded $80,000, with shortlisted entries each awarded $5,000.

The twelve judges over three judging panels for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards include:

  • Fiction and Poetry panel – Louise Adler AM (Chair), Jamie Grant, Dr Robert Gray and Des Cowley
  • Non-fiction and History panel – Gerard Henderson (Chair), Dr Ida Lichter, Peter Coleman and Professor Ross Fitzgerald
  • Children’s and Young Adult fiction panel – Mike Shuttleworth (Chair), Dr Irini Savvides, Ms Kate Colley and Dr Mark MacLeod

And the shortlisted titles for the The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016 are:

Fiction

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Poetry

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Non-fiction

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Australian History

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Young Adult fiction

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Children’s fiction

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The winners will be announced later this year. In the meantime keep up-to-date via the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards  website or Facebook page or

Great Dragon Detective Quest at Katoomba Library

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Here’s an event just for the kids!

Solve the clues by finding Blue’s dragon eggs and you could win a book prize pack!

Meet local authors and illustrators including Emily Rodda, James Roy, Steven Herrick, Stephen Measday, Susan Boyer, Dawn Meredith, Margaret Hamilton, Michel Streich & Narelda Joy.

Get your favourite books signed, see illustrator demonstrations, listen to the authors read their stories or enter our Little Free Libraries design competition and see the launch of a brand new book, ‘Friend in a Shell’, by Dawn Meredith.

When: Saturday 21 November 2015, 1pm to 3pm

Where: Katoomba Library

Cost: FREE

Details: Register for the event on the day from 1pm, recommended quest age 8 to 12 years.

Presented by the Blue Mountains Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and hosted by Katoomba Library.

For more information contact Katoomba Library on  4780 5750

The Next Great Hotbed of Crime Writing – the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Australian Crime Writers Association Ned Kelly Awards was announced at the Bendigo Writers Festival last weekend. The ACWA award prizes for crime fiction and true crime writing with four categories : Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, True Crime and the Sandra Harvey Short Story Award.

The winners of the 2014 awards will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on Saturday September 6.

Chair of the ACWA, Michael Robotham, said of the 2014 shortlist, “I can’t remember a time when the competition was so fierce and the quality so high. Nordic crime has been huge around the world since the Stieg Larsson trilogy but I think Australia can become the next great hotbed of crime writing.”


2014 BEST CRIME NOVEL

Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher

Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox (7th in the Dr Anya Crichton series)

In the Morning I’ll be Gone by Adrian McKinty (3rd in the Sean Duffy series)

Beams Falling by PM Newton (2nd in the Detective Nhu ‘Ned’ Kelly series)

One Boy Missing by Stephen Orr

The Dying Beach by Angela Savage

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2014 BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL

Dead Cat Bounce by Peter Cotton

Hades by Candice Fox

Blood Witness by Alex Hammond

Every Breath by Ellie Marney

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 2014 BEST TRUE CRIME

Disgraced? The Cop at the Centre of Melbourne’s Gangland Wars by Paul Dale

Forever Nine by John Kidman & Denise Hofman

No Mercy: True Stories of Disaster, Survival and Brutality by Eleanor Learmonth & Jenny Tabakoff

JFK: The Smoking Gun by Colin McLaren

Outlaw Bikers in Australia by Duncan McNab

Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

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2014 SANDRA HARVEY SHORT STORY AWARD

Housewarming by Louise Bassett

The Scars of Noir by Darcy-Lee Tindale

Voices of SOI 22 by Roger Vickery

Splinter and Web Design both by Emma Vickic

The full list of shortlisted nominees is now published at: http://www.austcrimewriters.com/content/2014-ned-kelly-awards

The 2014 Stella Prize Longlist

stella prizeOnly in its second year, The Stella Prize is a major literary award, named after Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin and is awarded to celebrate Australian women’s writing. (It is not to be confused with the Miles Franklin Literary Award for Australian fiction which is open to men also).

Unusually for a literary prize, both non-fiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.

The Stella Prize 2014 longlist  has recently been announced and includes:

Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide (Fiction)

Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and my family by Gabrielle Carey (Non-fiction)

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Fiction)

Night Games by Anna Krien (Non-fiction)

Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko (Fiction)

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Fiction)

Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson (Non-fiction)

The Misogyny Factor by Anne Summers (Non-fiction)

Madeleine : a life of Madeleine St John by Helen Trinca

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright (Fiction)

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright (Non-fiction)

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (Fiction)

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You can read the full judges’ report and much, much more on the Stella Prize website. The shortlist will be announced by  Thursday 20 March.

Stella Prize Shadow Reading Group

Could your book club read six books in six weeks? The Stella Prize organisers are looking for book clubs to read alongside the Stella Prize judges and select their own winner from the judges’ shortlist of 4 to 6 books. If you are interested, contact the Stella Prize Manager, Megan Quinlan, to register your club’s interest: megan@thestellaprize.com.au  That could be fun!

Book Launch @ Katoomba Library

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Join us this Saturday, 7 December 2013, at Katoomba Library for local author Carol Jocic’s Book Launch. Coral is launching her adult fiction story, A Journey Into Womanhood. Set in Australia in the 1950s, this is the story of one girl’s eye-opening journey to maturity. With both funny and sad moments, this book is often moving.

Coral will have copies of her book available for purchase, and afternoon tea will be provided.

Bookings appreciated on 4780 5750.

Inky Award winners 2013 announced

The winners of the 2013 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, have been announced.

The Inky Awards recognise local and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults.

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(This is for an Australian book)

My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

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The shortlist for the Gold Inky Award included :

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane & Marion Roberts

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

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(For international books)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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The shortlist for the Silver Inky Award included :

The Diviners by Libba Bray

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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You can read reviews of the shortlisted books here and to see the titles longlisted for this year’s awards, click here.

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