Sunday, 20 April 2008

No Shortage of Shortlists

Last week was a big week for announcements of shortlists of major literary prizes! The five titles shortlisted for the 2008 Miles Franklin Award were The Fern Tattoo by David Brooks, The Time We Have Taken by Steven Carroll, Love without Hope by Rodney Hall, Sorry by Gail Jones, and Landscape of Farewell by Alex Miller. The winner will be announced on 19th June.

Alex Miller's Landscape of Farewell was also shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, one of the 2008 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. The other titles were J.M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year, Matthew Condon's The Trout Opera, Ron McCoy's Sea of Diamonds by Gregory Day, The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser and The Widow and Her Hero by Tom Keneally.

The six titles shortlisted for the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction were Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica by Tom Griffiths, Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers by Philip Jones, High and Dry: John Howard, Climate Change and the Selling of Australia's Future by Guy Pearse, Sunrise West by Jacob Rosenberg, Another Country by Nicholas Rothwell and Courage by Maria Tumarkin.

David Malouf's Typewriter Music was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, along with an illustrated history of dairies by Joanne Burns, Uncommon Light by Brook Emery, Westering by Peter Kirkpatrick, Two Kinds of Silence by Katherine Lomer and The Edge of Everything by Phyllis Perlstone.

The winners of the 2008 NSW Premier's Literary Awards will be announced on 19th May. A complete list of shortlisted titles and judges comments can be downloaded from here .

Also announced were the six titles shortlisted for the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. They were Fault Lines by Nancy Huston, The Outcast by Sadie Jones, When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson, Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill, The Road Home by Rose Tremaine and Lottery by Patricia Wood. The winner will be announced on 4th June.

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