2007 in Australian literature

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The year 2007 in Australian literature involves some significant new books, drama, poetry and events.

For an overview of world literature see 2007 in literature.

See also: 2006 in Australian literature, 2007 in Australia, 2008 in Australian literature.

Events[edit]

  • Surrender by Sonya Hartnett, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak are named as Honor Books in the 2007 American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.[1]
  • "The Guardian" newspaper from the UK reports that Borders plans to sell its Australian stores.[2]
  • The small township of Clunes, about 20 kilometres north of Ballarat in Victoria, decides to try to set up Australia's first dedicated booktown. The first weekend event takes place on 20 May.[3]
  • AustLit (www.austlit.edu.au), the major Australian literature resource for research and teaching housed at the University of Queensland, announces the commencement of "Black Words", a literary website specialising in Australian Indigenous writers and storytellers and their works.[4]
  • Federal Education minister, Julie Bishop, announces that the Australian Government will allocate funds to A$1.5m to create a Chair of Australian Literature in an Australian university.[5]
  • Charlie Rimmer, Group Commercial Manager for Angus and Robertson bookshops, writes to a number of Australian independent publishers indicating that the bookshop chain will refuse to stock their books without compensation.[6]
  • Lonely Planet, the iconic Australian publisher of travel guides, is sold to the commercial division of the BBC in a deal reportedly worth A$200 million.[7]
  • Australia's new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, announces a major new literary prize of $100,000 in both fiction and non-fiction categories.[8]
  • Australia-Asia Literary Award established.

Major publications[edit]

Literary fiction[edit]

Children's and Young Adult fiction[edit]

Crime and Mystery[edit]

Romance[edit]

  • Anna Campbell — Claiming the Courtesan
  • Emma Darcy — The Billionaire's Scandalous Marriage
  • Lilian Darcy — Cafe du Jour
  • Kimberley FreemanDuet
  • Anna JacobsTomorrow's Princess
  • Melanie La'Brooy — Serendipity
  • Tamara McKinleyLands Beyond the Sea

Science Fiction and Fantasy[edit]

Drama[edit]

  • Stephen Carleton — The Narcissist
  • Michael GowToy Symphony
  • Katherine Thomson — King Tide

Poetry[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

Biographies[edit]

  • Philip Dwyer — Napoleon: The Path To Power 1769–1799
  • Kim Huynh — Where the Sea Takes Us
  • Mark Kurzem — The Mascot
  • Brenda NiallLife Class: The Education of a Biographer
  • Craig Sherborne — Muck
  • Jeff SparrowCommunism: A Love Story

Awards and honours[edit]

Lifetime achievement[edit]

Award Author
Christopher Brennan Award John Kinsella
Patrick White Award David Rowbotham

Fiction[edit]

International[edit]

Award Region Category Author Title Publisher
Commonwealth Writers' Prize SE Asia and South Pacific Best First Novel Andrew O'Connor Tuvalu Allen and Unwin

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
ABC Fiction Award Damian McDonald Luck in the Greater West ABC Books
The Age Book of the Year Fiction David Malouf Every Move You Make Chatto & Windus
ALS Gold Medal Alexis Wright Carpentaria Giramondo
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award Stefan Laszczuk I Dream of Magda Allen and Unwin
Colin Roderick Award Deborah Robertson Careless Vintage
Miles Franklin Award Alexis Wright Carpentaria Giramondo
Nita Kibble Literary Award Deborah Robertson Careless Vintage Books
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Peter Carey Theft: A Love Story Alfred A. Knopf
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Alexis Wright Carpentaria Giramondo
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Alexis Wright Carpentaria Giramondo
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction Simone Lazaroo The Travel Writer Macmillan

Children and Young Adult[edit]

International[edit]

Award Author Title Publisher
Andre Norton Award Justine Larbalestier Magic or Madness Penguin Books

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Children's Book of the Year Award Older Readers Margo Lanagan Red Spikes Allen & Unwin
Younger Readers Catherine Bateson Being Bee University of Queensland Press
Picture Book Shaun Tan The Arrival Lothian
Early Childhood Libby Gleeson, illus. Freya Blackwood Amy and Louis Scholastic Press
Davitt Award Young Adult Jaclyn Moriarty The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie Pan Books
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Children's Narelle Oliver Home Omnibus Books
Young People's Ursula Dubosarsky The Red Shoe Allen & Unwin
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Children's Glenda Millard Layla Queen of Hearts ABC Books
Young Adult Judith Clarke One Whole and Perfect Day Allen & Unwin
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Young Adult Fiction Simmone Howell Notes from the Teenage Underground Macmillan
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Writing for Young Adults Kate McCaffrey Destroying Avalon Fremantle Arts Centre Press
Children's Shaun Tan The Arrival Lothian

Crime and Mystery[edit]

International[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Duncan Lawrie Dagger Peter Temple The Broken Shore Text Publishing

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award Novel Sydney Bauer Undertow Macmillan
Ned Kelly Awards Novel Garry Disher Chain of Evidence Soho Press
First novel Adrian Hyland Diamond Dove Text Publishing

Science Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award Novel Will Elliott The Pilo Family Circus ABC Books
Short Story Shaun Tan The Arrival Lothian
Ditmar Award Novel Will Elliott The Pilo Family Circus ABC Books
Novella/Novelette Paul Haines "The Devil in Mr Pussy (Or How I Found God Inside My Wife)" Coeur de Lion Publishing
Short Story Rjurik Davidson "The Fear of White" Borderlands #7
Collected Work edited by Bill Congreve & Michelle Marquardt The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Vol. 2 Mirrordanse Books
Australian Shadows Award Will Elliott The Pilo Family Circus ABC Books

Non-Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Non-fiction Peter Cochrane Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy Melbourne University Press
Davitt Award True crime Karen Kissane Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage Hachette Australia
National Biography Award Jacob Rosenberg East of Time Brandl & Schlesinger
Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History Les Carlyon The Great War Macmillan
Peter Cochrane Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy Melbourne University Press
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Robert Hughes Things I Didn't Know: A Memoir Alfred A. Knopf
New South Wales Premier's History Awards Australian History Libby Robin How a Continent Created a Nation University of NSW Press
Community and Regional History Regina Ganter Mixed Relations: Asian Aboriginal Contact in North Australia University of Western Australia Press
General History Christopher Clark Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947 Harvard University Press
Young People's John Nicholson Songlines and Stone Axes Allen & Unwin
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Tom Griffith Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica University of NSW Press
History Christopher Clark Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947 Harvard University Press
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Danielle Clode Voyages to the South Seas: In Search of Terres Australes Melbourne University Press

Poetry[edit]

Award Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Robert Adamson The Goldfinches of Baghdad Flood Editions
Grace Leven Prize for Poetry Robert Adamson The Goldfinches of Baghdad Flood Editions
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards John Tranter Urban Myths: 210 Poems University of Queensland Press
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Laurie Duggan The Passenger University of Queensland Press
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Judy Johnson Jack Pandanus Press
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Dennis Haskell All the Time in the World Salt Publishing

Drama[edit]

Award Author Title Publisher
Patrick White Playwrights' Award (joint winners) Angus Cerini Wretch
Timothy Daly The Man in the Attic

Deaths[edit]

  • 1 February – Elizabeth Jolley, author (born 1923)
  • 22 February – Joyce Lee, poet (born 1913)
  • 2 March – David A. Myers, poet and publisher (born 1942)
  • 23 May – John Croyston, poet (born 1933)
  • 11 July – Glenda Adams, author (born 1939)
  • 11 July – Noel Rowe, poet (born 1951)
  • 1 August – Mona Brand, playwright (born 1915)
  • 24 August – Philip Grundy, translator (born 1932)
  • 16 October – Steve J. Spears, author and playwright (born 1951)
  • 31 October – Eric Rolls, author (born 1923)
  • 24 December – Jan McKemmish, author (born 1950)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Note: all references relating to awards can, or should be, found on the relevant award's page.