The Mostly Books Literary Awards

First Thursday Book Club Poster JPGWith three independently-run book clubs on the second, third and last Thursdays of the month respectively, we thought it was time to claim the remaining Thursday and start a club of our own!

Our new First Thursday Book Club will be open to all on a drop-in basis. Starting in April with the Indie Book Award, we’ll read our way through a year’s worth of literary prizewinners.

  • April: The Indie Book Award
  • May: The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • June: The Vogel Literary Award
  • July: The Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • August: The Women’s Prize for Fiction
  • September: The Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction
  • October: The CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers
  • November: The Man Booker Prize for Fiction
  • December: The Nobel Prize for Literature

We’ll schedule an extra meeting to discuss the winner of the Stella Prize on the first available leap-Thursday (that is, the fourth Thursday of a month with five Thursdays) after the end of April.

Then, while we wait for the award season to begin again, we’ll revisit some awards from the previous year that we couldn’t fit in.

  • January: The Best Australian Stories
  • February: The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • March: The Patrick White Award

The discussion begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday November 7 with the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction – whatever it turns out to be. Then, on Thursday December 5, we’ll discuss Alice Munro, who has just won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Hope to see you there!

About Samuel

Samuel has worked at Mostly Books since he was sixteen years old. He’s now twenty-three. During his time as a bookseller, he’s also completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Creative Writing at Flinders University, with an Honours thesis on the representation of LGBT people in young adult fiction, for which he was awarded a University Medal. He's had a few short stories published, judged the Indie Book Award three times and been twice nominated for Random House Young Bookseller of the Year. He reads practically everything (except for sport biographies and self-help books), and particularly enjoys contemporary Australian literary fiction, young adult and children’s fiction, surreal and magic-realist fiction and long-form journalism. He is the person to ask if you need help finding a book for a reluctant reader. His favourite part of the job is running the Young Writers Group, which has been going strong since July 2012.

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