Kim Scott has won the 2011 Miles Franklin Award for That Deadman Dance. He co-won the 2000 award for Benang; by winning it solo this year, he becomes the second Indigenous writer to win the award, after Alexis Wright in 2006 for Carpentaria.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
New Zealand has been named the 2012 featured country at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This is of course major exposure, though NZ lit is already pretty big in Germany; when I was changing planes in Munich two years ago I saw an Anthony McCarten novel (in German translation) in the airport bookstore, and TIm Corballis, among others, has spent time in Berlin.