Arts Minister Simon Crean has announced the 20 Australian titles that have made it onto the 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists.Minister Crean said being shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards is a great achievement for authors that will bring further public recognition of their writing.
The judging panels were enormously impressed by the breadth of talent displayed in this year's entries, and applauded the inventiveness, artistry and flair for which Australian creators and publishers are justly renowned.
* Sydney, Delia Falconer
* How To Make Gravy, Paul Kelly
* The Party, Richard McGregor
* The Hard Light of Day, Rod Moss
* Claude Levi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory, Patrick Wilcken
* Traitor, Stephen Daisley
* Notorious, Roberta Lowing
* When Colts Ran, Roger McDonald
* Glissando, David Musgrave
* That Deadman Dance, Kim Scott
Young adult fiction shortlist
* Good Oil, Laura Buzo
* Graffiti Moon, Cath Crowley
* The Three Loves of Persimmon, Cassandra Gold
* About a Girl, Joanne Horniman
* The Piper's Son, Melina Marchetta
Children's fiction shortlist
* Flyaway, Lucy Christopher
* Now, Morris Gleitzman
* April Underhill, Tooth Fairy, Bob Graham
* Shake a Leg, Boori Monty Pryor and Jan Ormerod
More information about the shortlists is available from www.arts.gov.au/pmliteraryawards/shortlists.