ABIA Longlist 2019

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) celebrate the achievements of authors and publishers in bringing Australian books to readers.

The Awards salute success across a range of categories within the Book Awards, Audiobook Awards and Business Awards. Check City of Parramatta Libraries online catalogue for the books.

General fiction book of the year

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NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlists & Winners 2019

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards highlight the importance of literacy and distinguished achievement by Australian writers. The shortlists for the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. You can also vote for the People’s Choice Award now.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Book of the Year winner

Deep time dreaming (Billy Griffiths, Black Inc.)

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction

Man Out of Time (Stephanie Bishop, Hachette)

Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)

The Life to Come (Michelle De Kretser, A&U) – Winner

The Everlasting Sunday (Robert Lukins, UQP)

Border Districts (Gerald Murnane, Giramondo)

The Shepherd’s Hut (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)

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No friend but the mountains

One particular news item that caught my attention was The Victorian Prize for literature, Non-Fiction award and the winner, Behrouz Boochani for his No friend but the mountains: writing from Manus Prison (Picador Australia).

A Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker and currently held on Manus Island, Boochani has been recognised as an Australian writer to win the $100,000 prize, the richest of its kind in Australia. Ironically the author has not been allowed to set foot in Australia by the system, yet.

One says ‘Boochani was arguably the most important literary phenomenon in Australian literature in 2018. In part, this is because of the distinctive qualities of No Friend But the Mountains, an epic work that moves between verse and prose, reportage and fantasy, the mundane and the historical. The fact that Boochani’s political memoir of what he calls Manus Prison was ever published in book form defies the odds. ‘ (The conversation http://theconversation.com/behrouz-boochanis-literary-prize-cements-his-status-as-an-australian-writer-110986 )

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