Number 3 chiller
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.
The Crime Writers Association has announced the shortlist for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing. We are very pleased to announce that Sucked In, Shane Maloney’s sixth Murray Whelan novel, has made the cut.
Entries have now closed for the inaugural Text Publishing Young Adult Prize.
Thank you to the many, many authors who submitted their manuscripts. We are very excited by the response we have had, and the judges will soon begin their assessments.
Colin Cotterill’s unique and charming crime novel set in Laos, The Coroner’s Lunch, is shortlisted for this year’s ‘Gold Dagger’. With prize money of 20,000, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (to use its proper name) is the world’s most prestigious and lucrative crime writing prize.
In June we were absolutely rapt to learn that Richard & Judy had selected two Text novels as Great Summer Reads, on their top-rating daytime television program in the UK.