Chloe Hooper will receive $300,000 for "a two-book deal: a novel, and a non-fiction account of the recent troubles on Palm Island" from Penguin Australia, reports Steve Meacham in The Sydney Morning Herald.
The story is about Penguin Australia's publisher of adult books, Ben Ball, and his recent munificence.
Palm Island is very much Hooper's "territory". I covered the Walkley Award she won for her magazine articles on the troubled aboriginal community, back in November. I also noted an article on the same topic she published in Melbourne-based magazine The Monthly.