ACT Book of Year for 2021 revealed

Subhash Jaireth’s collection of essays titled Spinoza’s Overcoat has been revealed as the 2021 ACT Book of the Year.

The essays, which explore the lives of writers, poets and their travels, ultimately won over the judges to receive the $10,000 prize.

In addition to the winner, the judges have awarded two highly commended and three shortlisted novels from local authors this year.

Minister for the Arts Tara Cheyne congratulated Subhash Jaireth and those highly commended and shortlisted for the award.

“Congratulations to Subhash Jaireth for his moving collection of essays Spinoza’s Overcoat published by Transit Lounge. The judging panel agreed this book is a superb achievement that pushes literary form.

“I’d also like to congratulate Bernard Collaery and Moya Pacey for their highly commended works. It’s wonderful to see such original and significant books originating from the ACT’s literary community,” said Minister Cheyne.

Nominations for the 2022 ACT Book of the Year are now open. Go to the artsACT website

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