Saturday, November 18, 2006

An award for Peter Temple

Peter Temple, subject of several discussions here (click on "Peter Temple" next to the "Labels" heading below), has won a major literary grant in Australia.

Via Austcrime comes news that he received a $90,000 AS award from the Australia Council for the Arts. "I had no expectation of getting it," Temple said. "Literary people get grants, if you look at the history. People with my reputation don't get grants."

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Anonymous Carl said...

The grant probably takes Temple's career average annual earnings to about five thousand buks. But well done Australia Council for the Arts. It's an enlightened country that supports writing talent regardless of genre.

November 19, 2006  
Blogger Peter said...

I saw he had been short-listed for another major award, too. So, yes, I agree with your comment about enlightenment. No crime writer would ever get recognition like that in the U.S., and I can think of at least one, Lawrence Block, who would deserve it.

And it would be awfully nice if book sales gave Temple a nice, hefty boost in those annual earnings to go along with the recognition he already gets.

November 19, 2006  

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