2009 in Australian literature

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The year 2009 in Australian literature involves some significant new books, drama, poetry and events.

For an overview of world literature see 2009 in literature.

See also: 2008 in Australian literature, 2009 in Australia, 2010 in Australian literature.

Events[edit]

  • HarperCollins takes over ABC Books – the publishing arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[1]
  • Caro Llewellyn, resigns as director of the new Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas (now called the Wheeler Centre) in Melbourne before taking up the role.[2] Chrissy Sharp, the Australian general manager of Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, is appointed to take her place.[3]
  • The Australia-Asia Literary Award, based in Western Australia, is suspended.[4]

Major publications[edit]

Literary fiction[edit]

Children's and Young Adult fiction[edit]

Crime and Mystery[edit]

Romance[edit]

Science Fiction and Fantasy[edit]

Drama[edit]


Biographies[edit]

Awards and honours[edit]

Lifetime achievement[edit]

Award Author
Patrick White Award Beverley Farmer

Fiction[edit]

International[edit]

Award Region Category Author Title Publisher
Commonwealth Writers' Prize SE Asia and South Pacific Best Novel Christos Tsiolkas The Slap Allen & Unwin

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Barbara Jefferis Award Helen Garner The Spare Room Text Publishing
The Age Book of the Year Fiction Steven Amsterdam Things We Didn't See Coming Sleepers Publishing
ALS Gold Medal Christos Tsiolkas The Slap Allen & Unwin
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award Lisa Lang Utopian Man
Kristel Thornell Night Street
Miles Franklin Award Fiction Tim Winton Breath Random House
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Joan London The Good Parents Hamish Hamilton
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Richard Flanagan Wanting Random House
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Fiction Christos Tsiolkas The Slap Allen & Unwin


Crime and Mystery[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award Novel Malla Nunn A Beautiful Place to Die Pan Macmillan
Ned Kelly Award Novel Peter Corris Deep Water Allen & Unwin
Kel Robertson Smoke & Mirrors Ginninderra Press
First novel Nick Gadd Ghostlines Scribe Publishing


Science Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award SF Novel Andrew McGahan Wonders of a Godless World Allen & Unwin
SF Short Story Peter M. Ball "Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens" Apex Magazine
Fantasy Novel Trudi Canavan The Magician's Apprentice Orbit Books
Fantasy Short Story Christopher Green "Father's Kill" Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Ian McHugh "Once a Month, On a Sunday" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
Horror Novel Honey Brown Red Queen Penguin Books
Horror Short Story Paul Haines "Slice of Life - A Spot of Liver" The Mayne Press
Paul Haines "Wives" Coeur de Lion Publishing (X6)
Ditmar Award Novel Margo Lanagan Tender Morsels Knopf
Novella/Novelette Kirstyn McDermott "Painlessness" Greatest Uncommon Denominator
Short Story Margo Lanagan "The Goosle" The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Collected Work ed. Jack Dann Dreaming Again Voyager
Shadows Award Kaaron Warren Slights Angry Robot

Non-Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
National Biography Award Ann Blainey I Am Melba Black Inc.

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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