The book All Windows Open and Other Stories, by Greek Australian author Hariklia Heristanidis, has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, which recognises the works of great living Australian writers.
Heristanidis’ book has been shortlisted amongst hundreds of entries in the Community Relations Commission for a multicultural NSW Award category ($20,000).
The judges’ comment about Heristanidis’ book states: “The well-written title story All Windows Open provides wonderful insights into experiences shared by many children of migrants – the uncertainties, expectations, disappointments and desires. Beyond this, it captures the clash of cultures between migrants and established residents, who share in everyday ‘multiculturalisms’ and everyday ‘racisms’. The following stories expand on the central themes, inviting the reader to understand new worlds. The result is an enjoyable, humorous and insightful book.”
New South Wales Minister for the Arts, George Souris, welcomed the shortlist announcement.
“For the past 33 years, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have supported and promoted Australia’s dynamic literary community; it is talented writers like those shortlisted that have greatly contributed to the national and international recognition of Australian literature,” Mr Souris said.
The winners of the 2013 NSW Premier’s awards will be announced at a presentation dinner at the NSW State Library Sunday 19 May.