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The winners of the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced at a function at Federation Square in Melbourne last night. From a shortlist of three in the fiction category, Helen Garner emerged the winner of the $30,000 prize.
Father of three Richard Newsome has taken out the inaugural Text Publishing Young Adult Writing Prize for his debut novel, The Billionaire’s Curse.
The prize, $10,000 and a publishing contract, was awarded on Saturday night as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Charming, witty and romantic, Toni Jordan’s Addition has been chosen as the Australian debut novel of the year in the inaugural Indie Award. This means Addition is on the shortlist of four (one from each category) in the running for overall best book.
The Queensland Premier’s office announced the shortlist for this year’s Literary Awards at a reception at the State Library of Queensland last Thursday.
We were overwhelmed to receive 300 submissions to the Text Young Adult Prize. Clearly there are many writers at work whose voices are not being heard.
An edited version of this article by Text Publisher Michael Heyward
appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 August.
The Rudd government is about to ask the Productivity Commission to investigate the import rules for books. We have had this debate many times.
The Gargoyle, by first-time Canadian author Andrew Davidson, is set to be the blockbuster of the year. Due for release in Australia on 1 September, it has debuted in the US on the New York Times bestseller list.