Five UWA Publishing books - including the centenary history of UWA - have been shortlisted in the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards,
announced yesterday by State Library of Western Australia CEO and State Librarian, Margaret Allen.
An Unknown Sky, which was also recently longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, is one of five books shortlisted for the coveted Steele Rudd Award for an Australian short story collection.
UWA Publishing, with the Northern Territory Writers' Centre and the South Australia Writers' Centre, has been announced as the recipient of the Australia Council's Special Publishing Grant for their collaborative Desert Writing project, worth nearly $50,000.
The one-off annual grant is awarded to larger, innovative publishing projects that contribute to the development of Australian culture.
Crimson Crop, which was also recently shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry, is shortlisted in the Poetry category, while Guy Grey-Smith is shortlisted in the category of WA History.
Leading authors Margaret Atwood, Anna Funder, Jared Diamond, Ahdaf Soueif, Robert Dessaix, China Mieville and Lawrence Norfolk will join a host of national and international writers for readings, talks, debates, and workshops at next month's 2013 Perth Writers Festival at the University of Western Australia.