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Announcing the Shortlist for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019

Winners to be announced 31 January 2019.

We are thrilled to announce that two Penguin Random House Australia titles have been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019.

The Shortlist

A funny, dark and tender memoir about growing up between the lunacy of Yugoslavia’s civil war and suburban Australia, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic has been shortlisted in the non-fiction category.

Also shortlisted in the non-fiction category, Chloe Hooper's masterful investigation into two of the 2009 Black Saturday fires, The Arsonist. Written with her trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for the man who started those fires, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. It is also the story of fire in this country, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element.

The Awards

The awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour literary achievements in Australian writing, and the 2019 awards recognise literature across seven categories: fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, writing for young adults, the prize for an unpublished manuscript and the biennial prize for Indigenous Writing. The winners of the seven award categories go on to contest the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 31 January 2019.

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