Davitt Awards

Twenty-five crime books shortlisted for Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced a shortlist of 25 books for its 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women – nine adult novels, five Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels, and six non-fiction books. Twelve titles are also battling it out for the best debut book award. Jacqui Horwood, the

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NZ author, Joanne Drayton, to present Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime is delighted to announce that award-winning New Zealand author, Joanne Drayton, will present its 19th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The Davitts will be awarded at a gala dinner at Saturday 31 August, 6.30 for 7.00pm, at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel. The hotel, Sisters in Crime’s

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New cover revealed for Livia Day’s, A Trifle Dead

Ahead of the launch of the next volume of Livia Day’s Cafe La Femme series, Keep Calm and Kill the Chef, Twelfth Planet Press has redesigned the covers for the whole series. Sisters in Crime has agreed to do the first cover ‘reveal’. It was shortlisted for Best Debut Book in the Davitt Awards. About

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A murder mystery about mystery itself – Q&A with Joanna Baker

Joanna’s latest book is The Slipping Place (Impact Press, 2018) and she spoke about her literary trajectory with Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President. Hi, Joanna. First let’s talk about your crime and mystery writing for young adults. In 2005 you won Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Novel for Devastation Road.

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A tsunami of crime – 127 books contend for Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

  A record 127 books are in contention for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 19th Davitt Awards for best crime and mystery books by Australian women. This figure tips last year’s record by 16. An astonishing 73 adult crime novels have been entered. Almost  half – 49 books in total – are debut offerings. This year

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The Davitt Awards: Making space for Australia’s women crime writers: Jess Byrne

Sisters in Crime member, Jess Byrne, is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. It includes a 20,000 word exegesis which she has chosen to write on Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards.  (Jess is is pictured here with 2017 Davitt Award winner, Jane Harper.) Here is the paper she presented

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Open invitation – Armidale launch of Caroline de Costa’s, Blood Sisters (Wild Dingo Press)

Everyone is welcome to the launch of Blood Sisters, the third novel in the Cass Diamond FNQ series by Sisters in Crime Cairns member, Caroline de Costa. 5.30pm, Thursday 2 May, Readers Companion, Armidale Mall, 151 Beardy Street, Armidale NSW Blood Sisters explores sex trafficking and abortion, teenage emotions and adult mischief, in a story as densely branched as the

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Open invitation – Brisbane launch of Caroline de Costa’s, Blood Sisters (Wild Dingo Press)

Sisters in Crime Cairns member, Caroline de Costa, will be in conversation with author and Sisters in Crime member, Christina Lee, for the launch of Blood Sisters, Caroline’s third novel in her Cass Diamond series set in FNQ. 6-8 pm, Tuesday 30 April, Avid Reader, 193 Boundary Street, West End. Blood Sisters explores sex trafficking and abortion, teenage

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Ellen Davitt reincarnated at Geelong Cemetery

Sisters in Crime is thrilled to discover that Geelong Cemeteries Trust has created a unique walking tour of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery, called History Alive, which features Ellen Davitt, author of Australia’s first full-length mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865. Visitors are guided around by actors playing the parts of ‘residents’ of the cemetery,

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Open invitation – Sydney launch of Caroline de Costa’s, Blood Sisters (Wild Dingo Press)

Sisters in Crime Cairns member, Caroline de Costa, will be in conversation with literary commentator and Sisters in Crime’s ambassador, Professor Sue Turnbull, about Blood Sisters, her third novel in her Cass Diamond series set in FNQ. Author  & Sisters in Crime member, L.A. Larkin, will officially launch the book. 3.30pm, Saturday 6 April, Gleebooks,

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