Black Inc. Books is pleased to announce that Deep Time Dreaming and The Art of Time Travel have been shortlisted for the 26th Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA), both in the category of Scholarly Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Organised by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Agency, the prestigious EPAAs recognise excellence and innovation within the educational publishing industry.
This is the latest of a series of accolades and awards for both authors. In 2017, The Art of Time Travel won the Ernest Scott Prize and the ACT Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Colin Roderick Award, the CHASS Australia Book Prize, and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Deep Time Dreaming won both Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the 2019 Ernest Scott Prize and the 2018 John Mulvaney Book Award. This book was also been commended by the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019, shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards 2018 and longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards 2019.
Both books are rooted in historical craft and conservation. Deep Time Dreaming follows Billy Griffiths to join his first archaeological dig as camp manager and cook. Equipped with a historian’s inquiring mind, he embarks on a journey through time, seeking to understand the extraordinary deep history of the Australian continent. Meanwhile, The Art of Time Travel considers how a body of work is formed out of a life-long dialogue between past evidence and present experience. Tim Flannery declared Deep Time Dreaming a ‘revelatory work’ and has described The Art of Time Travel as ‘luminous’.
Black Inc. publisher Chris Feik describes Deep Time Dreaming as possessing ‘a rigorous, deeply thoughtful approach,’ and has praised Griffiths for his ‘extraordinary ability to capture the wonder and complexity of this hugely important topic’. The awards will be announced at the Educational Publishing Awards Australia gala event, on Wednesday 4 September, 2019.