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The Booker Prizes
An Award For: The best English language book of the year and the best translated fiction book of the year.
Voted By: A small panel of judges, that changes each year.
The Booker Prize Winner 2021
The Promise by Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life's unfulfilled promises; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt. Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country - an atmosphere of resentment, renewal, and - ultimately - hope.
Call Number: F GAL
Publication Date: 2021
The International Booker Prize Winner 2022
Tomb of Sand by An eighty-year-old woman slips into a deep depression at the death of her husband, then resurfaces to gain a new lease on life and travels back to Pakistan with her daughter, simultaneously confronting the unresolved trauma of her teenage experiences of Partition, and re-evaluating what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a woman, a feminist.
Call Number: F GEE
An Award For: Australian books of a high quality that have sold well at independent bookstores.
Voted by: Australian independent booksellers.
Love Stories by Author Trent Dalton spent two months in Brisbane city centre asking passers-by to tell him their love stories. This is his account of that experience and his retelling of some of the stories he collected. A blind man yearns to see the face of his wife of thirty years. A divorced mother has a secret love affair with a priest. A geologist discovers a three-minute video recorded by his wife before she died. A tree lopper's heart falls in a forest. A working mum contemplates taking photographs of her late husband down from her fridge. A girl writes a last letter to the man she loves most, then sets it on fire. A palliative care nurse helps a dying woman converse with the angel at the end of her bed. A renowned 100-year-old scientist ponders the one great earthly puzzle he was never able to solve: 'What is love?'
Call Number: F DAL
Publication Date: 2021
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
An Award For: distinguished fiction by an American author.
Previous Winners Include: Donna Tartt, Cormac Mccarthy, Jeffrey Eugenides.
The Night Watchman by It is 1953. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an 'emancipation' bill; but it isn't about freedom - it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity. How can he fight this betrayal? Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Pixie - 'Patrice' - Paranteau has no desire to wear herself down on a husband and kids. She works at the factory, earning barely enough to support her mother and brother, let alone her alcoholic father who sometimes returns home to bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to get if she's ever going to get to Minnesota to find her missing sister Vera.
Call Number: F ERD
Publication Date: 2020
An Award For: The best book in English by a woman throughout the world.
Previous Winners Include: Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver, Chimamamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kate Grenville
The Book of Form and Emptiness by One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house -- a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous. At first Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, he falls in love with a mesmerising street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he meets his very own Book -- a talking thing -- who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.
Call Number: F OZE
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
An Award For: Australian fiction, non-fiction, drama, young adult and poetry.
The Prize: Category winners receive $20,000 whilst the overall winner receives $100,000 in prize money.
Victorian Prize For Literature
Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience by The story of an Aboriginal woman who worked as a police officer and fought for justice both within and beyond the Australian police force. A proud Gunai/Kurnai woman, Veronica Gorrie grew up dauntless, full of cheek and a fierce sense of justice. After watching her friends and family suffer under a deeply compromised law-enforcement system, Gorrie signed up for training to become one of a rare few Aboriginal police officers in Australia. In her ten years in the force, she witnessed appalling institutional racism and sexism, and fought past those things to provide courageous and compassionate service to civilians in need, many Aboriginal themselves. With a great gift for storytelling and a wicked sense of humour, Gorrie frankly and movingly explores the impact of racism on her family and her life, the impact of intergenerational trauma resulting from cultural dispossession, and the inevitable difficulties of making her way in the white- and male-dominated workplace of the police force.
Call Number: NF 363.20 GOR
Publication Date: 2021
Tiger Daughter by Wen Zhou is the daughter and only child of Chinese immigrants whose move to the lucky country has proven to be not so lucky. Wen and her friend, Henry Xiao - whose mum and dad are also poor immigrants - both dream of escape from their unhappy circumstances, and they form a plan to sit an entrance exam to a selective high school far from home. But when tragedy strikes, it will take all of Wen's resilience and resourcefulness to get herself and Henry through the storm that follows.
Call Number: F LIM
Publication Date: 2022-01-01
Children's Book Council of Australia
An Award For: The best Australian Children's books of the year.
Voted By: The CBCA, a non for profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.
2021 Book of the Year: Older Readers
The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love by Identical twin sisters Summer and Winter live alone on a remote island, sheltered from a destroyed world. They survive on rations stockpiled by their father and spend their days deep in their mother's collection of classic literature -- until a mysterious stranger upends their carefully constructed reality. At first, Edward is a welcome distraction. But who is he really, and why has he come? As love blooms and the world stops spinning, the secrets of the girls' past begin to unravel and escape is the only option.
Call Number: F BEL
Publication Date: 2020
An Award for: Australian women, writing Literary fiction and non-fiction.
The Prize: $50,000.
Drop Bear by A collection of poetry and prose from a new Indigenous voice on the Australian literary scene. Dropbear interrogates the complexities of colonial and personal history with an alternately playful, tender and mournful intertextual voice, deftly navigating the responsibilities that gather from sovereign country and the spectres of memory.
Call Number: NF A821.4 ARA
Publication Date: 2021
Australian Book Industry Awards
An Award for: Australian books of all persuasions.
Voted by: Australian ‘Book makers’: authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers.
Book of the Year for Older Children
The Prison Healer Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself. Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer. When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals. Then a coded message from Kiva's family arrives, containing a single order: Don't let her die. We are coming. Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom. But no one has ever survived. With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva's heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can't escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.
Call Number: F NON
Literary Fiction Book of the Year
Love & Virtue by Michaela and Eve are two bright, bold women who befriend each other their first year at a residential college at university, where they live in adjacent rooms. They could not be more different; one assured and popular – the other uncertain and eager-to-please. But something happens one night in O-week – a drunken encounter, a foggy memory that will force them to confront the realities of consent and wrestle with the dynamics of power. Initially bonded by their wit and sharp eye for the colleges' mix of material wealth and moral poverty, Michaela and Eve soon discover how fragile friendship is, and how capable of betrayal they both are.
Call Number: F REI
Miles Franklin Literary Award
An Award For: A novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.
The Prize: $60,000
The Labyrinth by Erica Marsden's son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence.
There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth by the ocean. To build it—to find a way out of her quandary—Erica will need the help of strangers. And that will require her to trust, and to reckon with her past.
The Labyrinth is a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity. It shows Amanda Lohrey to be at the peak of her powers.
Call Number: F LOH
Publication Date: 2020
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