What’s your Queensland Book of the Year?

Voting is now open for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year as part of the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards program.

State Librarian Janette Wright today announced the shortlist for the competition, which features popular local authors Nick Earls and Kari Gislason, and opened voting to the public to decide who will take out the $10,000 prize.

“The People’s Choice award is a key category in the Queensland Literary Awards, celebrating great writing by local authors and giving readers the power to decide the winner,” said Ms Wright.

“The incredible diversity of Queensland writing talent is highlighted in the 2015 shortlist which includes crime reporting, family memoir, and some inspiring and creative new fiction.

“Queenslanders are avid readers and writers, with 84% of people reading or engaging in some form of creative writing. It is wonderful to have the support of The Courier-Mail for this award where readers become the judging panel,” she said.

The Courier-Mail editor Christopher Dore said the shortlisted titles showed the diversity and richness of content being produced by Queensland authors.

"This award is a great way for Queenslanders to show their support for local authors. The winner will join a prestigious group of previous recipients including surgeon Kellee Slater and internationally renowned writer Kate Morton,” Mr Dore said.

Patrick Holland, one of the nominated authors, received a Queensland Writers Fellowship in 2013, and won the Emerging Queensland Author – Manuscript Award in 2005. This is testament to how important competitions like these are to supporting, nurturing and developing local writing talent.

Members of the public can vote for their favourite shortlisted book at the Queensland Literary Awards website qldliteraryawards.org.au until 18 September.

The winner will be announced at the Queensland Literary Awards ceremony in October.

In 2015 the Queensland government is providing funding of $5,000 to match the $5,000 sponsorship for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year for a total prize of $10,000.

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award Shortlist 2015

  • Analogue Men, Nick Earls (Random House Australia)
  • Navigatio, Patrick Holland (Transit Lounge Publishing)
  • Nest, Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia)
  • The Ash Burner, Kari Gislason (UQP)
  • Joe's Fruit Shop and Milk Bar, Zoe Boccabella (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • On the Road…. With Kids, John Ahern (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay, David Murray (Random House Australia)
  • From Convict to Politician, Mary Lou  Simpson (Boolarong Press)

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Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7784 | stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au

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