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Australian and New Zealand winners of Windham-Campbell Prize

Australian Ali Cobby Eckermann is one of eight winners of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize. The prize recognises English-language writers who ‘have left their mark on the world of literature or theatre’ with each winner receiving a cash prize of US$165,000 (A$215,490).

Eckermann is a poet having published a range of books including her debut collection, Little Bit Long Time and in 2015 a collection, Inside My Mother which is about the Stolen Generations, of which Eckermann is a member.

A New Zealand writer, Ashleigh Young, was one of the winners for nonfiction. Her book Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of 21 personal essays that ‘tells the story of a girl growing up in a small New Zealand town and making her way as an adult into the wider world’.


NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. 

Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife, a retelling of Henry Lawson’s short story, was awarded the $30,000 playwriting prize and the $10,000 Book of the Year prize. 

The winners of the other categories are:

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000)
The Museum of Modern Love  by Heather Rose

UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
Letter to Pessoa by Michelle Cahill

Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction ($40,000)
Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead by Thornton McCamish

Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry ($30,000)
Ghostspeaking by Peter Boyle

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature ($30,000)
Iris and Tiger by Leanne Hall

Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature ($30,000)
One Thousand Hills by James Roy & Noël Zihabamwe

Multicultural NSW Award ($20,000)
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

People’s Choice Award
Vancouver #3 in the series ‘Wisdom Tree’ by Nick Earls


Aussie readers craving local stories about heritage, identity and relationships

Thrill seeker Aussies have an unquenchable thirst for crime and thriller novels - making up three quarters of borrowed books in 2017 Civica Libraries Index.

According to the 2017 Civica Libraries Index, stories about heritage, identity, love and relationships were most popular among the list of most borrowed Australian fiction books from May 2016 to April 2017. 

Topping the list of most borrowed Australian books was Rain Music by Di Morrissey, which is inspired by her adventures in far north Queensland and tells the story of two siblings who are struggling with a family tragedy that has set them on opposite paths.

Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn, a period story set during the construction of the Ghan railway,  explores family dynamics and cultural collision and Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, which examines marriage, sex, parenthood and friendship peaked at number two and three respectively on the most borrowed Australian fiction books list.

Other high profile Australian authors on the list include popular children’s author, Andy Griffiths, who had three books featured on this year’s most borrowed Australian books index. Liane Moriarty, whose recent book, Big Little Lies has been adapted into a television series, also features three times on the list. Hollywood actresses, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have already optioned for the film rights of Liane’s latest novel, Truly Madly Guilty, published in 2016.  

'We’ve always loved stories about ourselves. Tales that explore our heritage and identity - addressing what it means to be an Australian – continue to resonate with readers,' said Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of Austalian Library and Information Association.

“We’re also known for producing unique stories that examine topics such as complex family relationships and it’s great to see that Australian writing is also having greater appeal globally as well, with quite a few novels on the list, such as The Light Between The Oceans and The Dressmaker enjoying extended success via international film and TV adaptations,” said Ms McKerracher.


Nebula winner announced

The 2016 Nebula Awards, which are presented in 201, have been announced.

All the Birds in the Sky was the winner in the novel category. 

Seanan McGuire’s ‘Every Heart a Doorway’ won best novella, and in the shorter form categories, William Ledbetter won best novelette for ‘The Long Fall Up’ and best short story went to ‘Seasons of Glass and Iron’ by Amal El-Mohtar.

The Andre Norton Award for young adult science-fiction and fantasy was presented to Arabella of Mars by David D Levine.


Read our Q&A with Jimmy Barnes on his new children's book

In a colossal collaboration, one of Australia’s most famous singers Jimmy Barnes has joined forces with the country's most famous kids entertainers The Wiggles to release a new album and book for children. Entitled Och Aye the G’Nu, the project includes an illustrated book of Jimmy’s poems and a star-studded double album which puts them to music.

Read our Q&A with Jimmy Barnes here.



Librarians' favourite April read has been announced!

We asked our subscribing librarians to choose their favourite book from the April edition, and the votes have come in.

This month’s favourite is The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans!

Read the full review of the novel here.


The International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017 announced

Fiona McFarlane has received the International Dylan Thomas Prize for her short-story collection The High Places.

The £30,000 prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language that is written by someone who is of or below the age of 39.



Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017 longlist announced

Chosen from 64 entries, the longlist for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced.

These longlisted titles are:

The shortlist is to be announced on the 18th of June at the Australian Booksellers Association conference, with the winning author to be announced in September, receiving $60,000.