Author Archives: Bram Presser

Brooklyn double header book launch

Having a ball on this wild American ride, and to finish it off I’ll be going back to my punk DIY roots for a double header pop-up book launch with MaNishtana, thanks to the excellent people at Hevria. Come down to Luminescence268 Brooklyn Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn – this Sunday (Oct 28)  at 7pm and celebrate the launch of The Book of Dirt and the brilliantly titled Ariel Samson: Freelance Rabbi. It’s free, it’s got the awesome Matthue Roth doing his magical thing and it’s going to be totally great.

Chinese Edition is Here and Another Award Long Listing

Exciting arrival in the mail! I finally got my hands on the Chinese edition of The Book of Dirt. I loved the cover when I first saw it on email, but I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful the book itself would be. Thanks so much to my Chinese publishers Kuwei for the love they clearly put in to producing and publishing my book. I hope to make it to China some day soon!

In other awesome news, The Book of Dirt has just been long listed for The Voss Prize alongside some of Australia’s heaviest literary hitters. Big congrats to all the long listees. It’s an absolute honour to be there amongst them!

The Book of Dirt Long Listed For a Nib Award!

In a totally unexpected and exciting turn of events, The Book of Dirt was long listed for the Waverley Library Award for Literature. Fondly known as The Nib, the award was established in 2002 to recognise the role of research in fiction and non-fiction. You can read the full list and get more information about the Nib here.

Recovering from May Madness!

Well, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards kicked off one heck of month, with May stuffed full of amazing events.

At Sydney Writers Festival, I had a blast on two panels: And The Winner Is… with Suzanne Leal, Kim Scott and Roanna Gonsalves, and New Australian Voices with Holly Ringland and Michaela Kalowski.

Back to my hometown for the inaugural Melbourne Jewish Book Week, for great times with friends old and new. I appeared on two panels: Through History’s Looking Glass with Marija Pericic, Rachel Kadish and Marie Matteson, and Other People’s Lives with Sarah Krasnostein, Heather Morris and Mark Baker. I also moderated a panel about immigrant literature called Elsewhere Streets featuring A.S. Patrić, Arnold Zable and Alice Pung. Melbourne Jewish Book Week closed with a fantastic gala evening where I performed a new piece alongside Morris Gleitzman, Maria Tumarkin, Sarah Krasnostein, Judy Horacek, Elise Hearst and Husky Gawenda.

Next, I was off to the gorgeous Clunes Booktown for a Booktown on Sundays session. Managed to sneak in a lovely feed and wonderful chat, then scribble my name on the Booktown banner alongside so many authors I admire.

Then it was back up to Sydney and the Woollahra Library at Double Bay for a special In Conversation event for Sydney Jewish Writers Festival with Michaela Kalowski. A strange confluence of events saw me whisked off straight afterwards to the ABC Studios to talk about the death of Philip Roth on Matter of Fact with Stan Grant. Good times!

Back to Melbourne for one last event: The ABC Radio National Hub On Books Great Debate, where Claire Coleman, Mark Brandi and I battled Graeme Simsion, Michelle Aung Thin and Jane Rawson over whether authors should write what they know. You can listen to the podcast here!

And that, my friends, was May. Excuse me while I collapse back into my little heap here in the corner.


I’m so thrilled to announce that The Book of Dirt has won three prizes at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. In what was a fantastic event and a thrilling night, the novel picked up The Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, The UTS Glenda Adams Award for Best New Writing and The People’s Choice Award.

You can check it all out in The Sydney Morning Herald, The ABC and The Australian.

A massive congratulations to all the other shortlisted authors and winners, especially the magnificent Kim Scott for his extraordinary novel, Taboo, that took out two prizes including Book of the Year.


Absolutely thrilled to let you know that The Book of Dirt has been shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. And what an honour it is to be sitting alongside incredibly distinguished writers I love and admire. The full shortlist is:

Common People by Tony Birch (University of Queensland Press)
Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark by Catherine Cole (UWA Publishing)
Pulse Points: Stories by Jennifer Down (Text Publishing)
The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser (Text Publishing)
The Restorer by Michael Sala (Text Publishing)
Taboo by Kim Scott (Picador)

You can read the NSWPLA press release here and see the judge’s full citation for The Book of Dirt here.

The shortlisting rounds out a couple of fantastic weeks, with great events at Dymocks Camberwell Book Club and The Wheeler Centre.

Yours truly with Jodi McAlister and Heather Morris at the Dymocks Camberwell Book Club.

The Wheeler Centre Next Big Thing (Imagined Biographies) with Marija Peričić, Kelly Gardiner, some random guy, Joey Bui and Stella Charls.