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This column comprises the judges' comments on the shortlisted works for the 2012 Age Book of the Year Award. (The list includes three titles, outside the scope of AustLit, by James Boyce, Paul Ham and Jane Gleeson-White.)
A column canvassing current literary news including reports on progress in establishing the Stella Prize and on Peter Lawrance's efforts to establish the Crime Writers Association of Australia. Jason Steger also notes the shortlisted works in the 2012 Ned Kelly Awards.