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IN THE NEWSPerpetual, as Trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and shortlist sponsor, the Copyright Agency, today announced the five authors shortlisted for the 2015 Award. The shortlist was announced at the Australian Booksellers Association Conference at the State Library of Victoria following the release of the longlist in March. Each shortlisted author receives $5000 from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. The winner, who receives $60,000, will be announced on 23 June 2015. State Library of NSW Mitchell librarian Richard Neville said on behalf of the judging panel: ‘The 2015 Miles Franklin shortlist presents a powerful group of Australian novels with a...
IN THE NEWSThe winners for this year’s New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The Awards have a proud history, both in celebrating achievement by Australian writers and in helping to establish values and standards in Australian literature. Established in 1979, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have recognised hundreds of talented Australian writers: novelists, poets, playwrights, scriptwriters, translators, and authors of non-fiction and children’s books. Playwright and dramatist David Williamson was presented with a Special Award, worth $10,000, which is given ‘for an Australian literary work that is not readily covered by existing awards categories or in recognition of an Australian writer’s...
IN THE NEWSThe shortlist for the 2015 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The Gold Medal award is presented annually by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) and the winnter will be announced at their conference in July. Last year's winner was Alexis Wright's "The Swan Book" published by Giramondo. This year's shortlist was chosen from a longlist of ten titles. Four of the five shortlisted titles are written by women. The shortlist for the ALS Gold Medal 2015 is as follows - we've provided easy links for direct ordering in JBO for our library customers: ...
IN THE NEWSCrime writer, Ruth Rendell has died at the age of 85. Rendell delighted fans for decades with her dark, intricately plotted crime novels. The author of more than 60 novels she was, in the words of her publisher: “much admired by the whole publishing industry for her brilliant body of work”. Fellow crime writer Val McDermid said “Ruth Rendell was unique. No one can equal her range or her accomplishment; no one has earned more respect from her fellow practitioners. The broad church that is current British crime writing owes much to a writer who over a 50-year career consistently demonstrated...
IN THE NEWSThe team at James Bennett has been sadly affected by the Nepal earthquake disaster. Over 50% of the CLS team are Nepalese; we have staff members who have lost family homes and all have reported knowing families who have lost loved ones. Our Operations Manager Pauline Burns asked staff ‘What do you need?’. One of the first and easiest things was to collect blankets and warm clothes in which management and staff at James Bennett has arranged to be shipped tomorrow. James Bennett will be organising specific fund raising events over the next week with all proceeds to go to...
IN THE NEWSThe 99th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced by Columbia University, New York on the 20th April 2015. The winners in each category, along with the names of the finalists in the competition follow: The Fiction award was presented to "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr (HarperCollins) 9780007548675 (TPB)—‘an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology’. The other finalists for Fiction were: "Let Me...
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