Published 12 November 2008 · Main Posts Walkley non-fiction book award finalists admin From the Walkley press release: The Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book celebrates excellence in non-fiction literature and long-form journalism. This year there were 72 entries ranging from true crime and war reporting to biographies and investigative journalism. The Walkley Awards are Australia’s most prestigious awards for journalism, ranging across print, online, TV, radio and publishing. The shortlist represents the final round of judging after the 72 entries were reduced to a long list of 12 books. Author and academic Clive Hamilton and journalist Jenny Tabakoff announced the nominees at a lunch in Sydney this afternoon. The 2008 Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award short-list nominees (in alphabetical order) are: VIETNAM The Australian War, Paul Ham, (Harper Collins) A revelation of freshly declassified documents, unpublished sources and interviews with soldiers, politicians, medics, protestors and Vietnamese participants. The untold truth, straight from the memories of the eternally scarred survivors. The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper, (Penguin) This is an explicitly detailed search for truth behind the flawed investigation into Cameron Doomadgee’s death at Palm Island police station 45 minutes after his arrest. It explores the Aboriginal myths around the case, tribulations of the coronial process, controversial findings and the legal aftermath. American Journeys, Don Watson, (Random House) & (KNOPF) We travel with Watson across the US on the country’s deteriorating Amtrak rail system, drive with him on their roads and walk by his side – all the while probing deep into the American mindset. This organic approach gave Watson a different angle as American Journeys could almost be described as the confessions of an eavesdropper. More details at www.alliance.org.au admin More by admin Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 25 May 202326 May 2023 · Main Posts The ‘Chinese question’ and colonial capitalism in New Gold Mountain Christy Tan SBS’s New Gold Mountain sets out to recover the history of the Gold Rush from the marginalised perspective of Chinese settlers but instead reinforces the erasure of Indigenous sovereignty. Although celebrated for its multilingual script and diverse representation, the mini-TV series ignores how the settlement of Chinese migrants and their recruitment into colonial capitalism consolidates the ongoing displacement of First Nations peoples. First published in Overland Issue 228 15 February 202322 February 2023 · Main Posts Self-translation and bilingual writing as a transnational writer in the age of machine translation Ouyang Yu To cut a long story short, it all boils down to the need to go as far away from oneself as possible before one realizes another need to come back to reclaim what has been lost in the process while tying the knot of the opposite ends and merging them into a new transformation.