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Literary Awards

Literary Awards The biennial Magarey Medal for biography, awarded to the female author who has published the work judged to be the best biographical writing on an Australian subject in the preceding two years, was presented to Ann-Marie Priest for the 2022 title My Tongue Is My Own: A life of Gwen Harwood (La Trobe University Press), the first

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Miles Franklin Literary Award 2024

Miles Franklin Award The shortlist for the 2024 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles, selected from a longlist announced in May, are: Only Sound Remains (Hossein Asgari, Puncher & Wattmann) Wall (Jen Craig, Puncher & Wattmann) Anam (André Dao, Hamish Hamilton) The Bell of the World (Gregory Day, Transit Lounge) Hospital (Sanya Rushdi, Giramondo) Praiseworthy (Alexis Wright, Giramondo).

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Author Events

Author Events For those readers who enjoy meeting and listening to their favourite authors, there are a number of Author Events coming during the next few months. Below is just a small sample of what is on offer. TUESDAY 9 JULY | INSTORE EVENT 6pm for a 6.30pm start | 60 mins Join us for

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International Booker Prize

International Booker Prize 2024 The novel Kairos, written by Jenny Erpenbeck and translated from German by Michael Hofmann (Granta), has won the £50,000 (A$95,325) International Booker Prize. Kairos was chosen from a shortlist of six by a judging panel that included writer and broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel (chair), poet Natalie Diaz, Booker Prize–shortlisted novelist Romesh Gunesekera, artist William Kentridge, and writer,

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NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2024

The winners of the 2024 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced on 20 May. Ali Cobby Eckermann’s verse novel She Is the Earth won the overall $10,000 Book of the Year award, as well as the $30,000 Indigenous Writers’ Prize. The winning titles in selected categories are: Book of the Year ($10,000) She Is the Earth (Ali Cobby

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Award Winners 2024

Award Winners 2024 Praiseworthy by Alexis Wright (Giramondo) has won the fiction award in the 2024 James Tait Black Prizes. Wright’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of four fiction works for the £10,000 (A$18,958) prize. Fiction judge Benjamin Bateman, of the University of Edinburgh, called Praiseworthy ‘a kaleidoscopic and brilliantly conceived novel that interweaves matters of climate and Indigenous

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Australian Book Industry Awards 2024

ABIA awards 2024 The winners of the 2024 Australian Book Industry Awards have been announced, with The Voice to Parliament Handbook (Thomas Mayo & Kerry O’Brien, HG Explore) taking out the overall book of the year award, as well as winning in both the general nonfiction book of the year and social impact book of

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Paul Auster

Death of Paul Auster Paul Benjamin Auster (3 February 1947 – 30 April 2024) was an American writer and film director. His notable works include The New York Trilogy (1987), Moon Palace (1989), The Music of Chance (1990), The Book of Illusions (2002), The Brooklyn Follies (2005), Invisible (2009), Sunset Park (2010), Winter Journal (2012), and 4 3 2 1 (2017). His most recent book was Baumgartner [2024]. His books have

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Stella Prize 2024

Stella Prize 2024 Alexis Wright has won the $60,000 Stella Prize for her fourth novel, Praiseworthy (Giramondo). Wright becomes the first author to win the Stella Prize twice, having previously won the 2018 prize for Tracker (Giramondo). A proud member of the Waanyi Nation, Wright has won numerous awards, including the 2007 Miles Franklin Literary Award for Carpentaria. At the 2023 Queensland Literary Awards, Praiseworthy won

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Carol Shields Prize for Fiction 2024

Carol Shields Prize for Fiction 2024  Eleanor Catton has been shortlisted for the 2024 Carol Shields Prize for Fiction, worth US$150,000 (A$226,245). The full list of shortlisted titles includes: Birnam Wood (Eleanor Catton, Granta) * Daughter (Claudia Dey, Doubleday Canada) Coleman Hill (Kim Coleman Foote, Zando) Brotherless Night (V V Ganeshananthan, Viking) A History of Burning (Janika Oza, Vintage). First presented

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2024 Dublin Literary Award

2024 Dublin Literary Award Alexis Wright has been shortlisted for the €100,000 (A$166,000) International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction written in or translated into English. The books shortlisted for the prize are: Old God’s Time (Sebastian Barry, Faber) * Solenoid (Mircea Cărtărescu, Deep Vellum Publishing) Haven (Emma Donoghue, Picador)

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Indie Book Awards 2024

Indie Book Awards 2024 Australian independent booksellers have announced Killing for Country: A Family Story by David Marr (Black Inc) as the best book from the last year, and the winner of the Indie Book Awards 2024 Book of the Year. The individual category winners in Fiction, Debut Fiction, Non-Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Children’s and Young

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ABIA Awards 2024

ABIA Awards 2024 The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the shortlists for the 2024 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). Two of the shortlists are below. General fiction book of the year The Bookbinder of Jericho (Pip Williams, Affirm) Dark Mode (Ashley Kalagian-Blunt, Ultimo) Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect (Benjamin Stevenson, Michael Joseph) Green Dot (Madeleine Gray,

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2023 Aurealis Awards

The shortlists for the 2023 Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced. Included in the works selected for the shortlists for this year’s awards are: Best young adult novel Borderland (Graham Akhurst, UWA Publishing) Best horror novel Borderland (Graham Akhurst, UWA Publishing) Best science fiction novel Minds of Sand

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Stella Prize 2024

The longlist for the $60,000 Stella Prize for women and non-binary writers has been announced. The Stella Prize is awarded annually to one outstanding book by an Australian woman or non-binary writer, which is deemed to be ‘original, excellent, and engaging’. Six shortlisted titles will be announced on 4 April and the winner will be

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