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IN THE NEWSSofie Laguna has won the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for her novel, "The Eye of the Sheep" (Allen & Unwin). The book tells the story of a poor family living in an industrial Melbourne suburb and struggling to cope with a different and difficult child. Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville described it as ‘an extraordinary novel about love and anger, and how sometimes there is little between them’. Neville praised in particular the ‘raw, high-energy and coruscating language’ that describes the world of the young central character Jimmy Flick. ‘Jimmy Flick is...
IN THE NEWSIn the UK, Tanya Landman has won the Carnegie Medal for "Buffalo Soldier" (Walker Books) and debut author and illustrator Will Grill has won the Kate Greenaway Medal for "Shackleton’s Journey" (Flying Eye Books). Landman and Grill will receive £500 (A$1024) worth of books to donate to their local library, and Grill will also receive a £5000 (A$10,240) cash prize. Both winning titles were drawn from ‘real-life historical adventures’; "Buffalo Soldier" was ‘inspired by the true story of former slave Cathy Williams, who was the only known African-American woman to enlist in the US army, under the guise of a...
IN THE NEWSThe winners in the 2015 Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The LIANZA Children and Young Adult Book Awards celebrate excellence in children’s books in New Zealand. Awarded annually, the LIANZA CBA’s are judged by experienced librarians who provide a unique and practical understanding of the qualities required of award-winning children’s books. Winners were announced at The National Library in Wellington. The winners in each of the five categories are listed below for your reference. To make things easy, we've also provided quick ORDER NOW links to JBO. Order your copies of...
IN THE NEWSBritish author Jim Crace has won the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel "Harvest" (Picador). The €100,000 (A$205,140) award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English, and is chosen by judges from a selection of titles nominated by libraries across the world. "Harvest", which is set in ‘an unspecified time in the past, in a green corner of England’, tells the story of the ‘last days of a village and the death of an age-old way of life’. ‘Harvest is a story that explores some of our greatest fears, those of...
IN THE NEWSThe finalists for the 2015 New Zealand Children''s Book Awards have been announced. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Wellington on the 13th August 2015. This year's awards attracted 149 entries and were judged by Bob Docherty, Annemarie Florian, Fiona Mackiewith and Stephanie Pohe-Tibble. For the first time, New Zealand children have chosen the books eligible for the Children's Choice Awards from all 149 entries. Previously, the Children's Choice Awards were selected from the judges' finalists list. The awards, now in their 25th year, were previously known as the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards before The...
IN THE NEWSThe shortlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The $30,000 Kibble Literary Award recognises the work of an established Australian female writer and the $5000 Dobbie Literary Award recognises the work of a first-time published Australian female writer. The shortlisted titles were selected from a longlist of five in each award. The winners will be announced on 15 July. Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Elizabeth Webby said: ‘The books shortlisted for the Kibble Award present new insights into traumatic events and their lasting impact on Australian lives: the polio epidemic of the 1950s, Cyclone...
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