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Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlist announced

16th July 2010

The shortlist for the annual Prime Minister's Literary Awards in Australia has been announced by the country's arts minister Peter Garrett.

Garrett said that being shortlisted for the awards is a fantastic achievement that will thrust many of the writers into the public eye.

Big-name authors selected by this year's judges include J. M. Coetzee, Alison Wong and Alan Gould.

As well as fiction and non-fiction categories, this year's event will see the inclusion of awards for the best young adult fiction and children's fiction.

The judging panel consists of nine members, all of whom are active in the Australian book industry. They reviewed more than 300 titles before creating the shortlist.

However, the final decision on individual category winners will be made by prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Last year, Nam Le won in the adult fiction category with The Boat, while two books were selected in the non-fiction category: House of Exile: The Life and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann by Evelyn Juers and Drawing the Global Colour Line by Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds.

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