Aurealis Award Finalists

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Another week, another list of awesome stories and books from Aussies for you to get into.

The finalists for the Aurealis awards have been announced and you can find a full list here. The Aurealis awards covers short fiction through to novels and horror, fantasy and sci-fi.

I’m going to list the science fiction nominees here (great options for prompt 18 of the Aussies Rule challenge):

Closing Down by Sally Abbott

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman

Year of the Orphan by Daniel Findlay

An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen

From the Wreck by Jane Rawson

Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks

What a great list! It’s wonderful to see Kneen and Coleman receiving further acknowledgements of their work. I was also really happy to see both Jane Rawson and Cat Sparks on this list for their fine books.

The LoveOzYa anthology of short stories didn’t receive a nomination for the anthology (not all stories fell within the spec fic spectrum) but so many of the stories in the collection have been nominated. If you enjoy YA, definitely check it out. (First Casualty by Michael Pryor nearly had me in tears.)

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada has been nominated for best YA novel – it has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while now and I’ve heard good things!

Have you read any of these? Are you planning to?

The Stella Longlist

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Hi everyone!

The Stella Award is specifically for Aussie Women writers and the longlist was released on February 8 with all due celebration.

I was really pleased to note that Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman, which I’ve mentioned a couple of times, was part of the list! There would be something terribly wrong if Alexis Wright, author of amazing books such as The Swan Book and Carpentaria wasn’t included for her nonfiction book Tracker, about the life of Tracker Tilmouth. It’s also nice to see An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen from Avid Reader on the list as well).

Here’s the full list for your reading pleasure – I’ve linked each book title to the relevant Stellas page so you can read the description and judges comments:

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work by Bernadette Brennan

Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

This Water: Five Tales by Beverley Farmer

The Green Bell: A Memoir of Love, Madness and Poetry by Paula Keogh

An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen

The Choke by Sofie Laguna

Martin Sharp: His Life and Times by Joyce Morgan

The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe

Tracker by Alexis Wright

I have to confess that most of these were not on my radar, which is why I love the Stellas for bringing them to my attention.

What do you think of the list? Are you happy? Is there something missing? Are you going to read through the list? Do any strike your fancy for the Aussies Rule Challenge ?

Aussies Rule Prompt 12 And Terra Nullius

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Hi everyone, today my focus is on prompt 12 for the Aussies Rule Challenge, which is a book by an Aussie of Colour who is an immigrant or refugee.

I haven’t been as successful with my research this time as I was hoping, but here are my suggestions:

  • Anh Do The Happiest Refugee (Do also has a delightful series of kids books in his WeirDo series which my nephew, Cooper, highly recommends)
  • Deng Adut Song of a War Boy
  • Akmal Saleh The Life of Akmal
  • Nam Le The Boat
  • Yassmin Abdel-Magied Yassmin’s Story
  • Yasmin Gooneratne A Change of Skies (and others)
  • Sulari Gentill Rowland Sinclair series plus others (Thanks to Bron for bringing Gentill to my attention)
  • Lee Lin Chin Iced Beer And Other Tantalising Tips For Life
  • Saroo Brierley Lion

Do you have any other suggestions for this list? I’m keen to hear them if you do.

In celebration is Australia Day/Invasion Day I’m going to be finishing this beauty by new author Claire G. Coleman. I’m really enjoying it.

Also don’t forget the 24 in 48 Readathon starts tomorrow! My snacks, books and I are ready to roll!

Peace out folks.