2011 in Australian literature

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The year 2011 in Australian literature involves some significant new books, drama, poetry and events.

For an overview of world literature see 2011 in literature.

See also: 2010 in Australian literature, 2011 in Australia, 2012 in Australian literature.

Events[edit]

  • Four authors are named in the Queen's Birthday Honours: Peter FitzSimons, Susanne Gervay, Roland Perry, and Chris Wallace-Crabb [1]
  • Thomas Keneally donates his personal library to the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts [2]
  • Australian libraries and library associations join together to make 2012 the National Year of Reading [3]
  • Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) declares Saturday, 20 August 2011, the inaugural National Bookshop Day [4]
  • Final issue of the "Australian Literary Review" to be published in October 2011 [5]
  • Hannie Rayson is the first Australian to be awarded a commission with New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club [6]
  • Friends and family of biographer Hazel Rowley establish funds to commemorate Rowley’s life and her writing legacy via the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund [7]
  • Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor are appointed to be Australia’s first Children’s Laureates [8]
  • The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) appoints Robert Adamson to hold the inaugural CAL Chair in Australian Poetry [9]

Major publications[edit]

Literary fiction[edit]

Children's and Young Adult fiction[edit]

Science Fiction and Fantasy[edit]

Crime and Mystery[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Biography[edit]

  • Julian Assange - Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography
  • A. J. Brown - Michael Kirby: Paradoxes and Principles
  • Eileen Chanin - Book Life: The Life and Times of David Scott Mitchell 1836–1907
  • Raimond Gaita - After Romulus
  • Mark McKenna - An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark
  • Susan Mitchell - Tony Abbott: A Man's Man
  • Christine Nixon - Fair Cop
  • Sue Pieters-Hawke - Hazel: My Mother's Story
  • Alice Pung - Her Father's Daughter
  • David Robert Walker - Not Dark Yet: A Personal History
  • Sarah Watt, William McInnes - Worse Things Happen at Sea

Awards and honours[edit]

Lifetime achievement[edit]

Award Author
Patrick White Award Robert Adamson

Fiction[edit]

International[edit]

Award Region Category Author Title Publisher
Commonwealth Writers' Prize SE Asia and South Pacific Best Book Kim Scott That Deadman Dance Picador

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Fiction Fiona McGregor Indelible Ink Scribe
ALS Gold Medal Kim Scott That Deadman Dance Picador
Barbara Jefferis Award G.L. Osborne Come Inside Clouds of Magellan
Miles Franklin Award Kim Scott That Deadman Dance Picador
Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction Stephen Daisley Traitor Text Publishing
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Alex Miller Lovesong Allen & Unwin
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Amanda Lohrey Reading Madame Bovery Black Inc.
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Fiction Kim Scott That Deadman Dance Picador
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction Anna Funder All That I Am Penguin Books

Children and Young Adult[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Children's Book of the Year Award Older Readers Sonya Hartnett The Midnight Zoo Viking Books
Younger Readers Isobelle Carmody The Red Wind Viking Books
Picture Book Jennie Baker Mirror Walker Books
Nicki Greenberg Hamlet Allen & Unwin
Early Childhood Jan Ormerod, illus. Freya Blackwood Maudie Bear Little Hare Books
Davitt Award Young Adult Novel Penny Matthews A Girl Like Me Penguin Group
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Children's Sophie Masson My Australian Story: The Hunt for Ned Kelly Scholastic Australia
Young People's Cath Crowley Graffiti Moon Pan Macmillan Australia
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Children's Michael Gerard Bauer Just a Dog Omnibus Books
Young Adult Barry Jonsberg Being Here Allen & Unwin
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Young Adult Fiction Cassandra Golds The Three Loves of Persimmon Penguin Group
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Michelle Gillespie & Sonia Martinez Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck Fremantle Press
Writing for Young Adults Penni Russon Only Ever Always Allen and Unwin

Crime and Mystery[edit]

National[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Davitt Award Novel Katherine Howell Cold Justice Pan Macmillan
Ned Kelly Award Novel Geoffrey McGeachin The Diggers Rest Hotel Penguin Books
First novel Alan Carter Prime Cut Fremantle Press

Science Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
Aurealis Award SF Novel Kim Westwood The Courier's New Bicycle HarperVoyager
SF Short Story Robert N. Stephenson "Rains of la Strange" Coeur de Lion Publishing (Anywhere but Earth)
Fantasy Novel Pamela Freeman Ember and Ash Hachette
Fantasy Short Story Thoraiya Dyer "Fruit of the Pipal Tree" FableCroft Publishing (After the Rain)
Horror Short Story Paul Haines "The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt" Brimstone Press (The Last Days of Kali Yuga)
Lisa L. Hannett "The Short Go: a Future in Eight Seconds" Ticonderoga Publications (Bluegrass Symphony)
Ditmar Award Novel Tansy Rayner Roberts Power and Majesty HarperVoyager
Novella/Novelette Thoraiya Dyer "The Company Articles of Edward Teach" Twelfth Planet Press
Short Story Cat Sparks "All the Love in the World" Twelfth Planet Press (Sprawl)
Kirstyn McDermott "She Said" Morrigan Books (Scenes From the Second Storey)
Collected Work Alisa Krasnostein ed. Sprawl Twelfth Planet Press

Non-Fiction[edit]

Award Category Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year Non-fiction Jim Davidson A Three-Cornered Life UNSW Press
Children's Book of the Year Award Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Ursula Dubosarsky, illus. Tohby Riddle The Return of the Word Spy Viking Books
Davitt Award True crime Colleen Egan Murderer No More Allen & Unwin
National Biography Award Alasdair McGregor Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin Lantern
Prime Minister's Literary Awards Non-fiction Rod Moss The Hard Light of Day University of Queensland Press
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Malcolm Fraser and Margaret Simons Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs Melbourne University Publishing
New South Wales Premier's History Awards Australian History Penny Russell Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia UNSW Press
Community and Regional History Stephen Gapps Cabrogal to Fairfield City: A History of a Multicultural Community Fairfield City Council
General History Shane White, Stephen Garton, Stephen Robertson and Graham White Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars Harvard University Press
Young People's Kirsty Murray India Dark Allen & Unwin
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Non-fiction Mark McKenna An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark Melbourne University Publishing
History Alan Powell Northern Voyagers: Australia's monsoon coast in maritime history Australian Scholarly Publishing
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Non-fiction Mark McKenna An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark Melbourne University Publishing
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Non-fiction Alice Pung Her Father's Daughter Black Inc.
Western Australian history Fiona Skyring Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia University of Western Australia Press

Poetry[edit]

Award Author Title Publisher
The Age Book of the Year John Tranter Starlight: 150 Poems University of Queensland Press
New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Jennifer Maiden Pirate Rain Giramondo Publishing
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards John Tranter Starlight: 150 Poems University of Queensland Press
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Cate Kennedy The Taste of River Water Scribe
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Tracy Ryan The Argument Fremantle Press

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]