Author Michelle de Kretser Wins Premier's Literary Awards
Another win: Australian author Michelle de Kretser has collected $60,000 in prize money for her novel Questions Of Travel adding another prize to the long list of awards for the book.
It has been named Book of the Year at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as winning the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and sharing the Multicultural Award.
The novel also won last year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction.
The novel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events. Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories. Described as wonderfully written, and an extraordinary work of imagination – a transformative, very funny and intensely moving novel.
What an achievement for Michelle – Congratulations!
Children's Book Awards Nominees
Check out all the books nominated for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards at http://cbca.org.au/ShortList-2014.htm including local Freya Blackwood’s illustrations for Banjo and Ruby Red nominated for Early Childhood Book of the Year. Historical and indigenous themes are prominent in both the non-fiction and fiction shortlists recently announced with war stories reflecting interest in the anniversaries of the two world wars. Congratulations to all the nominees.
One Week to Go for Banjo Paterson Writing Award Entries
Entries are coming in everyday now. Time to get your entries in for the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. They close on Friday 18 April. Writers are encouraged to get their entries in the post before then. We also have 150th Banjo Paterson commemorative coins to present as first prizes in each section for Short Story, Open Poetry, Bush Poetry and the ABC Central West Radio Children’s Awards. This is an added incentive to enter along with the generous prize money. Competition details are on the entry form – see our home page. Good Luck!
Pageturners Deliciously Uncomfortable Read
Pageturners book discussion group enjoyed a lively discussion about The Dinner by Herman Koch. We had mixed ratings for this with comments running the full spectrum of “I hated it” – to “I loved it.” The book’s been compared to The Slap with its author Christos Tsiolkas describing it as a “deliciously uncomfortable read”. We’d have to agree.
Just to recap, The Dinner is about two couples who meet in a posh restaurant over three courses to talk about their teenage sons and the bad things they have been doing……Discussion comments included – it was believable, I really liked it, it touched on a whole range of things – discrimination, migrants, mental illness – and kept you reading. It made me feel quite angry, the kids needed a good kick in the tail, they turned into criminals. It was quite amusing – an expose of the expensive restaurants – then it became unpleasant covering up for the kids. It was well written. I’m glad to be rid of it. It was disturbing…..
Pageturners meets next on Wed 14th May at 5.30pm to talk about books on the Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist http://www.milesfranklin.com.au/2014/2014_longlist And we’ll try and guess the winner….
Miles Franklin Literary Awards Longlist Announced
Drum roll….Australia’s most prestigious literature prize, the Miles Franklin Award, was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin and the 2014 longlist includes two debut novelists and two past winners. And HUGE congratulations to longlisted author Trevor Shearston who visited Forbes Library and Orange City Library last year to talk about his nominated book Game – bringing life to the story of bushranger Ben Hall.
The 2014 longlist is:
Tracy Farr – The Life And Loves Of Lena Guant
Richard Flanagan – The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Ashley Hay – The Railwayman’s Wife
Melissa Lucashenko – Mullumbimby
Fiona McFarlane – The Night Guest
Nicolas Rothwell – Belomor
Trevor Shearston – Game
Cory Taylor – My Beautiful Enemy
Tim Winton – Eyrie
Alexis Wright – The Swan Book
Evie Wyld – All The Birds, Singing