Capital, Kristin Otto’s vibrant account of Melbourne’s time as Australia’s capital city, has been nominated for another award. This time it has received recognition in the Victorian Community History Awards. The awards are the result of a partnership between Information Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, and have been implemented to recognise ‘the importance of local and community history’.
The winner will be announced at a private ceremony on Thursday 19 August.
In other awards news, the master of crime Garry Disher has been shortlisted for Australia’s crime writing awards, the Ned Kellys, for Wyatt, his highly acclaimed novel about the eponymous master criminal. Wyatt was released in February this year, marking over a decade since this cagey character had appeared in a new novel, and his return prompted Graeme Blundell in the Weekend Australian to comment that ‘Wyatt is so compelling it simply has to be read in one sitting.’
Garry won the 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction with Chain of Evidence.
The winners in the various Ned Kelly categories will be announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Friday 3 September.