High Drama Among the Librarians

Today we finish our week-long series of reviews written by Victorian librarians of books shortlisted for the Premier’s 21. There are five categories, and we’ve published a different category every day. At an awards dinner on Tuesday 6 September the Premier will announce the winners of all five categories. One of these five titles will then be announced as the winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature.

Until then, we’re inviting you to explore all 21 titles. If you’ve read one or more of the titles, write us a review and vote for the title you’d most like to see win the overall prize. The title receiving the most votes will win the People’s Choice award.

Monday we began with reviews of the three poetry books shortlisted for the CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry. Tuesday saw the publication of reviews of the six novels shortlisted to win the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. We continued on Wednesday with six reviews of non-fiction titles shortlisted to win the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction. Yesterday, we published reviews of the titles shortlisted to win the Prize for Writing for Young Adults.

Today, Carnegie Library’s Rosemary Pullan looks at Sappho … in 9 fragments, South Yarra Library’s Michele Bence explores the “involving drama” that is Patricia Cornelius' Do not go gentle…, and the State Library’s Des Cowley reviews Raimondo Cortese’s Intimacy, describing it as “a play that explores the simple human connections we are able to make with others.”

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