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IN THE NEWSThe Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced the 2015 Book of the Year Award Winners. The CBCA Awards were announced in Melbourne on the 21st August, marking the official launch of Children’s Book Week. It is also the 70th year of the CBCA and they have a special place in the Australian children's literary landscape as many of our libraries know. This year Freya Blackwood won not one, not two, but THREE Awards at the event. It's the first time in the awards' 69-year history that a single creator has been honoured three times in the same year....
IN THE NEWSJames Bennett is delighted to launch ADULT FICTION MONTH. A month of celebrating everything to do with ADULT FICTION supply to libraries in Australia and New Zealand. We will show you what makes us different, discuss the range of adult fiction we provide libraries, we'll introduce you to the buyers working with adult fiction books and publishers. In a nutshell it's a showcase of what's wonderful about adult fiction in libraries. Follow the discussion on our Facebook page and/or Twitter. And while you're online, perhaps join in the discussion? Use the hashtag #adultfictionrocks and let's have some fun in August. For more...
IN THE NEWSPenguin Random House imprint Hamish Hamilton has announced it will publish 'Island Home: A Landscape Memoir' by Tim Winton on 23 September 2015. The collection of nonfiction writing explores Winton’s relationship with the Australian landscape and ‘how it determined his ideas, his writing and his life’. Winton said in a statement - "I’m increasingly mindful of the degree to which geography, distance and weather have moulded my sensory palate, my imagination and expectations...The island continent has not been mere background." Penguin publishing director Ben Ball described Island Home as ‘a revelation—an insight into the life and work of one of our...
IN THE NEWSThe winners of the 2015 Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced at a ceremony at the State Library of New South Wales. The $30,000 Nita B Kibble Literary Award, which recognises the work of an established Australian woman writer, was presented to Joan London for The Golden Age (Vintage). The Golden Age was chosen from a shortlist of three that included Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy (Sophie Cunningham, Text) and This House of Grief (Helen Garner, Text). The $5000 Dobbie Award for a first published work by an Australian woman writer went to Ellen van Neerven for...
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...
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