The Age Book of the Year Awards 2012 announced

The winners of this year’s Age Book of the Year Awards were announced on 23 August at the opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival at Melbourne Town Hall.

1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia by James Boyce won the overall Age Book of the Year Award, worth $10,000.  The book also won the Non-Fiction Prize, worth $2,500.

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears was selected as this year’s Age Book of the Year fiction prize and the poetry prize was presented to Mal McKimmie for The Brokenness Sonnets I-III and Other Poems. Both prizes are worth $2,500.

The Age Book of the Year 2012 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Age Book of the Year Awards have been announced. They are as follows:

Nonfiction

  • 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia(James Boyce, Black Inc.)
  • Hiroshima Nagasaki (Paul Ham, HarperCollins)
  • Kinglake-350 (Adrian Hyland, Text)
  • Fishing the River of Time (Tony Taylor, Text)
  • Double Entry (Jane Gleeson-White, A&U)

Poetry

  • First Light (Kate Fagan, Giramondo)
  • The Welfare of my Enemy (Anthony Lawrence, Puncher & Wattmann)
  • The Brokenness Sonnets I-III and Other Poems (Mal McKimmie, Five Island Press)
  • Late Night Shopping (Rhyll McMaster, Brandl & Schlesinger)
  • Surface to Air (Jaya Savige, UQP)

Fiction

  • What the Family Needed (Stephen Amsterdam, Sleepers)
  • Spirit House (Mark Dapin, Pan Macmillan)
  • The Meaning of Grace (Deborah Forster, Vintage)
  • Forecast: Turbulence (Janette Turner Hospital, Fourth Estate)
  • Foal’s Bread (Gillian Mears, A&U).