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The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam (Hachette Australia)
Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications)
The Better Son by Katherine Johnson (Ventura Press)
The Good People by Hannah Kent (Pan Macmillan Australia)
An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta (Penguin Books Australia)
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan Australia)
The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong (Text Publishing)
Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia)
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith (Allen & Unwin)
Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey (Hachette Australia)
Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Australia)
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette Australia)
Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)
Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)
Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford (Allen & Unwin)
Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner (Text Publishing)
Talking To My Country by Stan Grant (HarperCollins Australia)
True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt (Black Inc)
The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton (Penguin Books Australia)
DEBUT FICTION LONGLIST
The Birdman's Wife by Melissa Ashley (Affirm Press)
The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon (Allen & Unwin)
The Windy Season by Sam Carmody (Allen & Unwin)
The Midnight Watch by David Dyer (Penguin Books Australia)
The Dry by Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall (Black Inc)
Music and Freedom by Zoe Morrison (Random House Australia)
The Toymaker by Liam Pieper (Penguin Books Australia)
Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa (Hachette Australia)
Goodwood by Holly Throsby (Allen & Unwin)
Circle by Jeannie Baker (Walker Books Australia)
Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Australia)
Charlie and the War Against the Grannies by Alan Brough (Pan Macmillan Australia)
What do they do with all the Poo from all the Animals at the Zoo? by Anh Do & Laura Wood (Illus) (Scholastic Australia)
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Hachette Australia)
The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton (Illus) (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Welcome To Country by Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy (Illus) (Walker Books Australia)
Molly and Mae by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood (Illus) (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)
Artie and the Grime Wave by Richard Roxburgh (Allen & Unwin)
YOUNG ADULT LONGLIST
When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (Pan Macmillan Australia)
The Other Side of Summer by Emily Gale (Random House Australia)
Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle (Hachette Australia)
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis (Penguin Books Australia)
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (Allen & Unwin)
The Road to Winter by Mark Smith (Text Publishing)
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland (Penguin Books Australia)
One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)
The Shortlist will be announced on 16 January 2017, with the Category Winners and the Overall Book of the Year Winner being announced at the Leading Edge Books 2017 Conference on Monday, 20th March 2017 at the Marriott, Surfers Paradise.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield today announced 30 books by Australian authors have been shortlisted for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
This year’s shortlist features both emerging writers and established award-winning authors. The list features stories and poetry, books about history and key characters in Australian life, and stories that promise to engage young readers.
The Awards celebrate the immense contribution Australian writers, poets, illustrators and historians make to our cultural landscape. They enlighten, enthral and entertain us with their distinctive storytelling.
Now in their ninth year, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards recognise the best of Australian writing in fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction, children’s fiction and poetry.
The shortlisted books were selected by expert judging panels from 425 entries. Up to $100,000 is awarded in each category, with $80,000 for each winning entry and $5,000 each for each shortlisted entry. All prizes are tax-free.
The 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists are:
Perpetual, as Trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, today announced A. S. Patrić as the winner of the 2016 award for his debut novel, Black Rock White City.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award, recognised as Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, was established in 1954 through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin. The award was intended to encourage and support writers of Australian literature, and has now distributed more than $1 million in philanthropic funds to authors.
Mr Patrić will receive $60,000 in prize money for his novel, which was considered to have presented “Australian life in any of its phases” and was judged to be of the “highest literary merit”, the two criteria set out by Miles Franklin in her will. As a 2016 finalist Mr Patrić received $5,000 in May along with the other short listed authors from the Copyright Agency’s
The book was selected from a short list of powerful Australian voices depicting unforgettable characters – including authors Peggy Frew, Myfanwy Jones, Lucy Treloar and Charlotte Wood.
Commenting on behalf of the judging panel, State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, said the novel delivers a powerful and raw account of the migrant experience in Australia, exploring the damages of war, and the possibility of redemptive love, in the context
of debilitating emotional and physical dislocation. Mr Neville said it is a novel of compassion and challenge, its driving, urgent narrative
envelops the reader in one of the great issues of our time. Mr Neville was joined on the judging panel by The Australian journalist and columnist, Murray
Waldren; Sydney bookseller, Lindy Jones; writer and editor, Craig Munro; and Emeritus Professor, Susan Sheridan.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.
First presented in 1957, the Award helps to support authors and to foster uniquely Australian literature. Miles Franklin believed that “Without an indigenous literature, people can remain alien in their own soil." She also had first-hand experience of struggling to make a living as a writer and was the beneficiary of two literary prizes herself.
The 2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced
The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus an increase in book sales.
The 2016 Longlist
2016 Key dates
Shortlist Announced: 13/09/16 Winner Announced: 25/10/16
Read more about the prize on The Man Booker Prize Website
An enormous thank you is extended to the seven teens from across Australia who served as this year’s incredible judging panel – Ben, Brynnie, Cassie, Chloe, Jack, Meleika and Tom. You’ve selected a fantastic shortlist to celebrate the tenth year of the Inky Awards!
And now it’s your turn to be the judge – you choose which books will be this year’s winners
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK:
Vote for your favourite title, and you could win all 20 books on the 2016 Inky Awards longlist!*
The book with the most votes in each category (Gold or Silver) will win the 2016 award. Voting closes on Sunday, 18 September at 5pm (AEST).
Use the hashtag #InkyAwards to join the celebrations, and to barrack for the Inky Awards books you think are the best.
The victors will be announced at the State Library Victoria on 4 October. Book here.
Read the Terms and Conditions on the Inside a Dog website
Congratulations to all the winners!
See the full list and honoured books here: The Children's Book Council of Australia
The Children’s Book Council of Australia today announced the prestigious 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, recognising the depth of talent in Australian children’s literature.
Professor Margot Hillel, Chair of the CBCA National Board says, “It’s wonderful for our much-loved authors and illustrators to be acknowledged for their work, and we’re thrilled to see new writers in the mix across all categories.”
Celebrating our 70th anniversary, the CBCA Book of the Year Awards reflect the strength and diversity of Australia’s book industry. With over 400 books entered for this year’s awards, the judges have the difficult task of choosing just one winner and two honour book recipients in each of the five award categories.
Prizes for winning and honour books are funded by the CBCA Awards Foundation, set up in 1996 with $1million from a national fund-raising campaign. These funds are held in trust and earnings on investments each year fund the prizes.
According to Professor Hillel, “Australian picture books are recognised internationally for their innovative approach to illustration, pushing boundaries in design and media. In our long association with children’s literature what hasn’t changed is the joy children experience with a real book—hugging it, smelling it, turning the pages, sharing it with an adult.”
Following the Awards announcement, Children’s Book Week begins with activities in libraries, schools and communities across the country. This year’s theme is Australia! Story Country and will see children’s book character parades taking place in schools and talented librarians creating amazing displays, all to celebrate the Australian children’s book industry.
“Having access to quality literature is so important for children, from early childhood books which are crucial in developing early literacy, through to YA books helping older readers tackle contemporary problems. The 2016 winning and honour books are the tip of the iceberg of delightful, surprising and fascinating Australian books available today,” says Hillel.
Take a look at all the Honour books and Winning titles at our special CBCA Book of the Year coverage here: The Children's Book Council of Australia
WIN A WEEKEND AWAY FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY TO SEE MATILDA THE MUSICAL ON STAGE IN BRISBANE!
Enter the Roald Dahl Read-a-thon here and and go into the running for a weekend away to see Matilda The Musical on stage in Brisbane for you and three family members (2 adults + 2 children).
HOW IT WORKS:
Participate as a whole school or class, or take the challenge by yourself.
Once you’re signed up, see how many of these Roald Dahl books you can read between August 1 and September 13. There are fourteen different quizzes that correspond to each book. In order to unlock the entry form to be in the running to WIN a weekend away to see Matilda The Musical on stage in Brisbane for you and your family, you must read at least seven books and complete the seven quizzes on those books before 11:59 pm on 13 September.
To enter the competition for Matilda The Musical, you’ll have to answer this question:
Who is your favourite character from Roald Dahl’s Matilda, and why?
The best answer wins!
It’s open to everyone in Australia and you can sign up right now!
The Roald Dahl Read-a-thon starts August 1 and ends September 13. To enter and for more details click here
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