Well done to Hannah Kent, whose debut novel BURIAL RITES (Picador, Pan Macmillan) has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 Baileys Prize (formerly known as the Orange Prize) in the UK. The winner will be announced on June 4. Good luck, Hannah!
Double congrats to Allyse Near on her double win at the 2013 Aurealis Awards. Her debut novel FAIRYTALES FOR WILDE GIRLS (Random House) was awarded 'Best YA Novel' (tie) & 'Best Horror Novel'. Well done!
HALF MOON BAY by Hélène Young has been voted 'Favourite Romantic Suspense' novel by the Australian Romance Readers Association in Sydney on March 22. The cover was also voted 'Favourite Cover'. Congratulations to Helene, and her publisher, Penguin Books.
A huge congratulations to Markus Zusak on receiving the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. This prestigious award is presented annually by the American Library Association for a "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature". See the press release here. Well done, Markus!
A big congratulations to Markus Zusak on the release of THE BOOK THIEF film, which premiered nationwide on 9 January 2014.
Our authors had a successful day at the 2013 KOALAs (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards)! THE 26-STOREY TREEHOUSE (Pan Macmillan) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton won the Fiction for Older Readers category, whilst THE FORGOTTEN PEARL (Random House) by Belinda Murrell was listed as an Honour Book. THE BOOK THIEF (Pan Macmillan) by Markus Zusak was also listed as an Honour Book in the Fiction for Years 7-9 category. Congratulations to Andy, Terry, Belinda and Markus.
Congratulations are in order for Martin Edmond, who has been awarded the nonfiction prize at the 2013 NZ Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement in recognition of his overall 'outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature’.
Martin's forthcoming book is a dual biography of painters Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira, which he completed as part of his Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney, and will be published by Giramondo in 2014.
Photo credit: Liz March
We were very happy to hear that Tom Keneally has won the Colin Roderick Award for the second time. His book, THE DAUGHTERS OF MARS (Vintage, Random House) was chosen from a shortlist of seven titles to take out the 2012 price, which is presented annually to ‘the best book published in Australia which deals with any aspect of Australian life’. Congratulations, Tom.