The Crying Place
Lia Hills is a poet, novelist and translator. Her work has been published, translated and performed in countries as varied as Japan, Switzerland and the US...Her debut young adult novel, The Beginner's Guide to Living (Text Publishing, 2009) received starred reviews and was shortlisted for the Victorian, Queensland and Western Australian Premiers' Literary Awards, and the NZ Post Book Awards, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA among others. Her novel has been sold into ten countries so far, including Germany, Brazil and the US (Farrer, Straus & Giroux), and released into the adult, young adult and crossover markets...Recipient of an Arts Victoria grant in 2012, Lia has travelled regularly to the centre of Australia, has stayed in Aboriginal communities and is learning the Pitjantjatjara language...Lia's translation of Marie Darrieussecq's acclaimed novel, Tom is Dead (Text Publishing, 2009), from French to English, was described as 'a text as powerful as the original' (The Monthly). Following its successful reception, Lia was asked to teach a double-Masters class in literary translation at Monash University, a joint venture with Jean Moulin University (Lyon)...Living in the hills outside Melbourne with her husband and two sons, Lia works fulltime as a writer, often observed by birds.