2016 Walkley Book Award shortlisted finalists announced

The Walkley Foundation today announced the shortlist for the Walkley Book Award, part of Australia’s most prestigious journalism accolades, the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

The Walkley Book Award celebrates Australian writers who take enduring subjects from news, eyewitness accounts, investigations and history. They provide readers with immersive detail, clear analyses and new revelations in their books.

More than 60 books were entered this year. Their subject matter ranged from true crime, politics and war to biography and investigative journalism.

The 2016 Walkley Book Award shortlisted finalists announced today in Sydney include, in alphabetical order:

  • Sarah Ferguson and Patricia Drum, The Killing Season, Melbourne University Press
  • Stan Grant, Talking To My Country, HarperCollins Publishers
  • Sebastian Smee, The Art of Rivalry, Text Publishing

The judging panel for the 2016 book awards:

  • Michael Bodey, media journalist and film editor
  • Edna Carew Hoffman, journalist and author
  • Kirstie Clements, journalist and author
  • Fiona Harari, journalist and author
  • Madonna King, journalist and author
  • Chris Masters, journalist and author
  • Kate McClymont, investigative reporter, Fairfax Media (Chair, Walkley Advisory Board)
  • Colleen Ryan, journalist and author ( Chair, Walkley Book Award)
  • Peter Van Onselen, contributing editor, The Australian
  • Mark Willacy, senior reporter, ABC National Reporting Team

The winner of the 2016 Walkley Book Award will be announced at the 61st Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, thanks to the support of Tourism and Events Queensland. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SKY A-PAC and streamed on the Walkley website.

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A full list of Walkley Awards finalists, including the 2016 Book Award longlist, is available at walkleys.com

For media enquiries, please email Kate Golden or call her at 02 9333 0951.

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