Monday, September 6, 2010

WA Premier's Literary Awards and Victorian Premier's Awards

2010 Victorian Premier's Awards

YA Short-list
I am completely torn. And in agreement with the awesomeness of these titles:

Swerve - Phillip Gwyne
Raw Blue - Kirsty Eagar
Beatle Meets Destiny - Gabrielle Williams

Also, kinda psyched that my last RTW (where I picked my best two books of the month) were two books that Victoria have picked as the best Aussie YA books of the year.  Really, such brilliance.

I loved Swerve but Raw Blue and Beatle Meets Destiny spoke to my soul and shot to my fave books of all time and I'm scared for both of them pitched against each other and I can't pick which is my fave. I'm holding my breath for them both

Beatle Meets Destiny is in the running for the Prime Ministers Literary Award and Raw Blue is also up for the Golden Inky. All three titles are Penguin :)

  • Western Australian Premier's Awards
  • Winners for 2008 and 2009 were announced last week (winners and short list below):

WINNER Justine Larbalestier- Liar
Belinda Jeffrey – Brown Skin Blue
David Metzenthen – Jarvis 24
Penny Tangey – Loving Richard Feynman
Lia Hills – The Beginner’s Guide to Living
  • Obviously, anyone who's read Liar will realise that Justine is some sort of literary genius :) However, my faves in this line up are Jarvis 24 (winner of CBCA 2010) and Loving Richard Feynman. And, The Beginner's Guide to Living is screaming out at me from my wish-list - have heard nothing but brilliant things about it
  • 2008
WINNER Shaun Tan – Tales from Outer Suburbia
Adrian Stirling- Broken Glass
Melina Marchetta- Finnikin of the Rock
Norman Jorgensen – Jack’s Island
Alison Goodman – The Two Pearls of Wisdom
  • I've only read three of these and was quietly impressed with Adrian Stirling's Broken Glass - a riveting and suspenseful psychological thriller which reminded me of Steven Herrick's small town settings with a strong Aussie flavour and dusty, authentic characters.

  • Does anyone else get intimidated by the goodness in the Aussie YA scene? As Simone Howell says the Aussie YA scene is rich. I so agree. Anyway, congrats to all the winners and good luck to Gwyne, Eagar and Williams!

1 comment:

  1. I loved Liar! So glad it won. Finnikin of the Rock frigging ROCKS and I really should have read The Two Pearls of Wisdom right now. No excuse! I only really read spec stuff so I've never picked up a copy of Hill's book, but I too have only heard amazing things.


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