Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2018 shortlists announced
The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced.
The shortlisted titles are:
- A New England Affair (Steven Carroll, HarperCollins)
- Australia Day (Melanie Cheng, Text)
- The Life to Come (Michelle de Kretser, A&U)
- The Choke (Sofie Laguna, A&U)
- The Restorer (Michael Sala, Text)
- Taboo (Kim Scott, Picador)
- The Museum of Words: A Memoir of Language, Writing and Mortality (Georgia Blain, Scribe)
- Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness (Kate Cole-Adams, Text)
- The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster (Sarah Krasnostein, Text)
- For a Girl: A True Story of Secrets, Motherhood and Hope (Mary-Rose MacColl, A&U)
- No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson (Jeff Sparrow, Scribe)
- Tracker (Alexis Wright, Giramondo)
- Argosy (Bella Li, Vagabond Press)
- The Metronome (Jennifer Maiden, Giramondo)
- redactor (Eddie Paterson, Whitmore Press)
- Living on Hope Street (Demet Divaroren, A&U)
- Ida (Alison Evans, Echo)
- Because of You (Pip Harry, UQP)
- Rice (Michele Lee, Playlab)
- Black is the New White (Nakkiah Lui, Sydney Theatre Company)
- The Rasputin Affair (Kate Mulvany, The Ensemble Theatre)
Judges also highly commended a number of titles in each category.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 1 February 2018. The winner of each category is awarded $25,000 and goes into the running for the Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000. A people’s choice award, worth $2000, will also be announced on the night.
As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Christian White won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for his novel Decay Theory (now titled The Nowhere Child) and will also go into the running for the overall prize.
Last year, actor and playwright Leah Purcell’s play The Drover’s Wife (Currency Press) was the winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature.
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