The 2012 Booker shortlist is out and the big winner this year seems to be Small Independent Publishing. This year there are three novels from publishers that have never before had a Booker shortlisted title to boast about. Amazingly, this is the first time that this has happened since the third annual Booker Prize way back in 1971.
The short lists are in for the 2009 Aurealis Awards, recognising Australia’s best Science Fiction and Fantasy writing. It’s been another strong year for Australian SF & Fantasy and the number of new authors in this year’s list is good news for the future. The Winners will be announced on the 23rd January.
Nam Le was awarded the 2008 Book of the Year on Monday night for his short story collection The Boat. He also picked up a rare double, netting the the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing. In presenting the award, Premier Rees said: “Nam Le’s The Boat, is a collection of stories that cross… Read More ›
The 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize was awarded this weekend at the Auckland Writers’ Festival. Christos Tsiolkas won the overall Best Book for his fourth novel, The Slap, while Pakistan author Mohammed Hanif won the prize for best first novel with his satirical look at dictatorship, A Case of Exploding Mangoes.
The shortlist for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, worth $42,000, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: As always with these awards there is some controversy about the novels that have been selected and those that missed out. The most striking thing about this year’s list is the absence of any female authors. Toni… Read More ›