As is my wont, I have not been posting this year on all the awards that have been announced – on their longlists, shortlists or even their winners – though I have done some. It can become a bit overwhelming. Instead, I’ve decided that a mid-year recap might be a useful way to go – so, since we have now passed the year’s halfway mark, that time has come. I’ll mention the awards I’ve chosen to do, in chronological order of their announcement.
The Stella Prize is now one of the first awards to be announced in the year, and I did post on the longlist. From this longlist, a shortlist of six books were chosen:
- Between a wolf and a dog, by Georgia Blain
- The hate race, by Maxine Beneba Clarke (my review)
- Poum and Alexandre, by Catherine de Saint Phalle
- An isolated incident, by Emily Maguire (my review)
- The museum of modern love, by Heather Rose
- Dying: A memoir, by Cory Taylor
And the winner, announced in early March, was Heather Rose’s The museum of modern love, which I will be reading with my reading group later this year.
Indie Book Awards
The winners of these awards, which are run by Australian independent booksellers, were announced in late March. Several awards are made, which you can check out on their site but those most relevant to my blog are:
- Fiction: The last painting of Sarah De Vos, by Dominic Smith
- Non-fiction: Everywhere I look, by Helen Garner (my review)
The New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards
These awards are multipronged and far too complex for me to report on in detail here. You can see the full list of winners, which were announced in late May, on Wikipedia. However, those of most relevance to me were:
- Christina Stead Prize for Fiction: The museum of modern love, by Heather Rose
- UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing: Letter to Pessoa, by Michelle Cahill
ABIA, or the Australian Book Industry Awards
These awards, announced in late May, only a few days after the NSW Premier’s awards, are also multipronged. You can read the full list on the ABIA website, so again I’ll just share the most-reelvant-to-me award here, the Literary fiction of the year award, which went to The last painting of Sarah De Vos, by Dominic Smith.
I should add that the hugely popular bestselling Australian author Di Morrissey was inducted into the ABIA Hall of Fame, and also that, for the first time this year, an award was made for Audiobook of the year, which nicely recognises the popularity and value of this form of “reading”.
Oh, and interestingly, the overall winner, Jane Harper’s The dry, was also the overall winner at the Indie Book Awards earlier in the year. So, the overall winner and the literary winner of both these awards were the same. The shortlists at both are judged by independent panels.
Miles Franklin Shortlist
While the Miles Franklin Award won’t be announced until later this year, it’s such a significant award in Australia that I’m going to share the shortlist here which was announced in June. The shortlist is:
- Emily McGuire’s An isolated incident (Picador) (my review)
- Mark O’Flynn’s The last Days of Ava Langdon (UQP)
- Ryan O’Neill’s Their brilliant careers (Black Inc Books)
- Philip Salom’s Waiting (Puncher and Wattman)
- Josephine Wilson’s Extinctions (UWAP)
Nice to see a gender mix, and good representation from smaller publishers, including two university presses!