So it’s been announced, and one of us was lucky enough to be there on the big night: this year’s winner of the Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing is Heather Rose’s novel The Museum of Modern Love.
The novel is based on Marina Abramovic’s performance-art piece entitled The Artist is Present, in which Abramovic sat opposite MOMA visitors and gazed into their eyes, six days a week for the almost 3 months of the exhibition. (A film was made about the artwork, and you can watch its trailer online.)
In Rose’s novel, which has Abramovic’s blessing, film composer Arky Levin stumbles into MOMA’s Atrium to witness the art piece, and continues to visit over the course of the next 75 days of the artist sitting. The novel meditates on the nature of art, life and love and the boundaries between them.
Congratulations to Heather Rose on her win, and come buy her book to help her celebrate!
The Museum of Modern Love – Heather Rose – A&U – TP – $28
The fabulous Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing has announced its 2017 Shortlist:
You’ve got one crime, two fiction and three memoirs to choose from, so if you get reading now you can match your pick to the winner, to be announced on 18 April. Happy Stella-ing!
The longlist has been announced for the 2017 Stella Prize, awarded each year to great writing by Australian women. This year, out of a dozen titles chosen, there are four fiction (three novels and one short-story collection) and eight nonfiction books (five of which are memoirs).
The shortlist will be announced on International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) and the winner of the $50,000 first prize will be announced on Tuesday 18 April.
We currently have half of the list in-stock, and by next week we should have the full long list. The Stella link to each title below has a plot summary, an author bio and a Stella judges’ report — so you can find out what all the fuss is about. Do get in touch if you want a longlister put aside.
Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain (TP, Scribe- $30)
An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (TP, Picador – $33)
The High Places by Fiona McFarlane (TP, Hamish Hamilton – $33)
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (PB, Allen & Unwin – $28)
Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird (HB, Harper Collins – $50)
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (TP, Hachette – $33)
Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir by Catherine de Saint Phalle (TP, Transit Lounge – $30)
Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru by Madeline Gleeson (PB, NewSouth – $30)
Avalanche by Julia Leigh (PB, Hamish Hamilton – $25)
Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane by Elspeth Muir (TP, Text – $30)
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor (HB, Hachette – $25)
The Media and the Massacre: Port Arthur 1996-2016 by Sonya Voumard (PB, Transit Lounge – $30)
The Stella Prize has announced its short list for this year’s prize, and there’s some very popular titles on it. We’re trying to keep them all in stock, so check them out next time you’re in store:
Heat and Light by Ellen Van Neerven ($22.95)
The Strays by Emily Bitto ($25.00)
Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke ($25.00)
The Golden Age by Joan London ($33.00)
The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally ($30.00)
The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna ($30.00)
Some of these books are also on the Indie Book Awards 2015 Shortlist (all also in store).
The 2015 Stella Prize will be awarded on Tuesday 21 April – stay tuned!
2014 Stella Prize Short List
The shortlist of the 2014 Stella Prize has been announced! Now in its second year, the Stella Prize (named in honour of Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin) is a $50,000 cash prize that celebrates Australian women’s contribution to literature.
On this year’s shortlist are:
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Night Games by Anna Krien
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright
Congratulations to all six shortlisted writers! The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in Sydney on the evening of Tuesday 29 April.
We have all six titles in stock, most at around $30.
Big congratulations to the lovely Carrie Tiffany, winner of the first ever Stella Prize for her novel Mateship with Birds. The new prize, celebrating Australian women’s writing, was awarded last night. Well done also to all the wonderful women who were on the shortlist:
Courtney Collins for The Burial
Michelle de Kretser for Questions of Travel
Lisa Jacobson for The Sunlit Zone
Cate Kennedy for Like a House on Fire
Margo Lanagan for Sea Hearts
At last Australia has it’s very own literary award celebrating the extraordinary breadth and depth of women’s writing in this country, akin to Britain’s highly respected Orange Prize. The longlist of twelve novels has been announced:
Floundering by Romy Ash
Mazin Grace by Dylan Coleman
The Burial by Courtney Collins
The People Smuggler by Robin de Crespigny
Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
Sufficient Grace by Amy Espeseth
The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson
Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
The Mind of a Thief by Patti Miller
An Opening by Stephanie Radok
Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
Congratulations to all the women on the longlist! The winner of the first-ever Stella Prize will be announced on Tuesday 16th April.