Awards & prizes
Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2019: Introducing the Fellows (round one)
Our Hot Desk Fellowships are back for 2019. Find out who's been selected, and take a peek at the projects the first intake of Fellows will be working on.
The Stella Prize winner in conversation
The 2019 Stella Prize shortlist is testament to the depth of talent in women's writing in Australia today. The shortlisted books – ranging across fiction and non-fiction – are innovative, funny, enriching and erudite. Now, the judges face the difficult task of choosing a winner.
The Stella Prize was founded to elevate the writing of Australian women with an annual…
Rachel Kushner: The Mars Room
‘This is a story that gets to the root of how my society is structured right now … There’s a way that prison is invisible to a middle-class person. It’s not a conspiracy, but it may be by design in certain regards. It’s a serious subject for a novelist.’
Rachel Kushner is among America’s brightest literary stars. With her previous…
Andrew Sean Greer: The Less We Know
When his novel Less won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Andrew Sean Greer tweeted, he ‘had just persuaded a dog to let me put her into polka dot pajamas (not my dog)’. He literally didn’t believe the news.
Readers clearly feel otherwise. Less tells the story of Arthur Less – a writer fearing his own mediocrity and middle age…
Behrouz Boochani Wins the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature
The winners of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced tonight at a ceremony at MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne.
Books and Ideas at Montalto
A writer of novels, short fiction and essays, Mireille Juchau has quietly emerged as one of Australia’s most accomplished literary voices. Her first two novels, Machines for Feeling and Burning In, won critical acclaim and appearances on the Vogel’s and Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists. Her third novel, The World Without Us, is very much the book of the moment – winning this year’s prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and shortlisted for the Stella Prize.
Juchau’s work deals with big personal and political subjects – from grief and abandonment to climate change. The World Without Us centres on a family who has lost a child, and a community adrift after a calamitous fire; it’s the kind of territory that can veer lesser writers into melodrama. But reviews of Juchau’s work, both in Australia and internationally, have stressed the subtlety and restraint of her prose as well as its vivid imagery. The Times Literary Supplement called The World Without Us ‘elegantly poised and controlled’. Independent on Sunday called it ‘understated and calm, and yet thoroughly captivating’.
In conversation with Michael Williams, Juchau discusses writing the intimate, the political and The World Without Us.
Books and Ideas at Montalto series sound design and music: Jon Tjhia.
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‘The Age’ Announces Nominees for its Book of the Year
The Age has announced the shortlists for its Book of the Year prizes. The prizes will be awarded to books in three categories with $10,000 each (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) with an overall prize to be chosen from among the three, worth an additional $10,000.
The shortlists are:Fiction
Like Being a Wife, Catherine Harris (Vintage)
The Mary Smokes Boys, Patrick Holland…
Community History Awards
The Public Record Office of Victoria is administering this year’s Community History Awards, which previously were hosted by Information Victoria. Presented by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the awards “recognise the contributions made by Victorians to the preservation of Victoria’s heritage”.
Although books dominate the award winners' lists, winners also include CDs, museum exhibitions and, among last year’s winners, a local history tour…
In Other Words
Speaking of translation, Media Bistro has published another one of its ‘mix tapes’. This one is described as a special literary sampler of the novels longlisted to win the Best Translated Book Award for novels published in the US in 2010. The longlist features works from 19 countries in 12 languages.
The awards are in their 5th year. They’re run by Three Percent, a…
The Next Chapter 2018 Announcement: Benjamin Law and Sophie Black in conversation with the first recipients
McEwan Criticises “Nihilism” of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
About a month ago we reported on Ian McEwan’s win of the Jerusalem Prize. McEwan’s acceptance of the prize led him to be accused of tacitly condoning some of the more controversial aspects of the Israeli government’s policy in relation to Palestinians and the occupied territories. McEwan himself defended the decision to accept the prize. The prestige of the Jerusalem Prize overshadows its modest…
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