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7/04/2017

Win Jack of Spades giveaways now!

We're giving away copies of Sophie Masson's Jack of Spades, which comes with a pack of cards printed with the book's cover! Enter the competition for your chance to win this great prize pack.

It's May 1910 and 16 year old Linda Duke has just received a strange message: a playing card, the Jack of Spades, in an envelope that was sent from Paris, where her widowed father, impoverished Shakespearean scholar Professor Charles Duke, has gone on a research trip. In the family code, 'Jack of Spades' means treachery and danger. But it is not her father's handwriting on the envelope!

Linda, convinced he is in great danger, sets out immediately to Paris to look for him. And so begins an extraordinary adventure, that will take her deep into the heart of the city; not only its bright, light daylight world of music and gaiety and good times, but also the dark and dangerous world of criminal Paris. Who are the people following Linda? What was her father really doing in Paris? Who can she really trust? Linda begins to understand that she has stumbled into a daring, deadly plot, and that time is fast running out-for her father, herself, her friends-and the future of France and the rest of the world. And that it is up to her now to stop the conspiracy, in a world where treachery and betrayal seem to reign supreme.

Full of the glamorous, dangerous atmosphere of 1910's Paris, with a spirited, intelligent heroine and a great cast of vivid and engaging characters, this is a gripping thriller for readers 10-14, set at the time of the beginnings of the European secret service agencies.

26/04/2017

Fake memoir involving Franz Kafka wins The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

Congratulations to this year’s winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award Marija Perečić for her stunning debut novel The Lost Pages. A richly reimagined story of the extraordinary literary rivalry between Max Brod and Franz Kafka, The Lost Pages is an inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal. Beautifully written, The Lost Pages is clever, intriguing and fascinating.

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of Australia’s oldest awards, designed for its youngest authors. It brings us exciting, new, young writers, and celebrates not just the winner, but the shortlisted writers, whose talent and voices are also heard and recognised. 

To win a copy of The Lost Pages, head to our Facebook.

 

24/04/2017

Dragonkeeper to become an animated film

Carole Wilkinson's children's book Dragonkeeper is being adapted into an animated feature film.

The China-Spain co-production is expected to be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

Carole Wilkinson is 'especially pleased that there is such strong Chinese collaboration, ensuring the most authentic representation of Ancient China'.

 

 

23/04/2017

Read Extracts from the 5 Finalists of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

Five unpublished novelists are up for the $20,000 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award, the prize that launched the careers of Kate Grenville and Tim Winton. A winner will be announced on Wednesday 26 April from the following shortlist:

  • Inside the Tiger by Hayley Lawrence, the story of a teenage who befriends an Australian about to be executed in Thailand for drug trafficking
  • Tryst by Jarrah Dundler, a coming-of-age story about a boy whose brother returns from Afghanistan a changed man
  • The Lost Papers, a novel based around Franz Kafka and his friendship with Max Brod
  • Australia's War With France: The Campaign in Syrua and Lebanon, 1941, a non-fiction title by Richard James
  • Locust Summer by David Allan-Petale, a 'sharp meditation on the separation of life from land'

Read extracts from the shortlisted titles here

19/04/2017

Winner of the 2017 Stella Prize announced

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Stella Prize is Heather Rose for her novel The Museum of Modern Love.
The prize was awarded at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on Tuesday 18 April. The winner received $50,000, sponsored this year by National Australia Bank.

The Museum of Modern Love is Heather Rose’s seventh book. Her work spans adult literary fiction, children’s literature, fantasy/sci-fi and crime.

 

Brenda Walker, Chair of the 2017 judging panel, says of the winning book:

“The Museum of Modern Love is an exceptional novel that reimagines Marina Abramovic’s 2010 performance of ‘The Artist is Present’. It is an unusual and remarkable achievement, a meditation on the social, spiritual and artistic importance of seeing and being seen, and listening for voices from the present and past that may or may not be easy to hear.

“It is rare to encounter a novel with such powerful characterisation, such a deep understanding of the consequences of personal and national history, such affection for a city and the people who are drawn to it, and such dazzling and subtle explorations of the importance of art in everyday life.“

 

Of winning the 2017 Stella Prize, Heather Rose says:

“To win the Stella Prize is amazing! I am surprised, delighted and deeply appreciative of the increased awareness this will bring to my novel. It’s something of a miracle when, after many years of work, a book with its own special life beyond the clandestine world of the author’s mind wins a major literary prize. The Museum of Modern Love was eleven years in the writing. It was fitted in around my work in a family business and all the regular chaos and joy of domestic life with children. This recognition is a defining career moment, and it provides the enormous gift of breathing space to work on my next novel.

“The Stella has fast become such a loved and cherished literary award in Australia. Its vision to inspire, support and honour women writers is going to powerfully shape our literary culture. We have a long way to go in Australia in lauding successful women, but the Stella team, the sponsors, supporters, and the booksellers who so enthusiastically champion the prize, are all making a magnificent long-term contribution to this endeavour. I am sure that would make Stella Maria Sarah (Miles) Franklin very happy.”

 

The Stella Prize

The Stella Prize is open to works of both fiction and nonfiction by Australian women. From more than 180 entries, this year’s Stella Prize judges – author and academic Brenda Walker (chair); author and literary critic Delia Falconer; bookseller Diana Johnston; editor and chair of First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Sandra Phillips; and author, journalist and screenwriter Benjamin Law – selected a longlist of twelve books, which they then narrowed down to a shortlist of six.

Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications)

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette)

Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle (Transit Lounge)

An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (Pan Macmillan)

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (Allen & Unwin)

Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor (Text Publishing)


Each of the shortlistees receives $3000 courtesy of the Ivy H Thomas and Arthur A Thomas Trust managed by Equity Trustees, and a three-week writing retreat supported by the Trawalla Foundation.

12/04/2017

Colson Whitehead wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

New York-based author, Colson Whitehead, has won the Pulitzer Price for Fiction 2017 for his novel The Underground Railroad.

The Pulitzer prizes, which were announced on Monday, are considered the most prestigious in journalism and arts awards in the country.

The Underground Railroad was also:

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal

#1 New York Times Bestseller

#1 Time Magazine Book of the Year

#1 Amazon Book of the Year

A New York Times Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year

A GQ Best Book of the Year

A Newsday Best Book of the Year

An O Magazine Book of the Year

A Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year

A Star Tribune Best Book of Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

An Esquire Best Book of the Year

6/04/2017

Tim Minchin to publish new picture book

Australian musician and comedian Tim Minchin will be releasing a picture book late in 2017 based on his lyrics to the musical Matilda.

The book will take the lyrics from the song ‘When I Grow Up’, which imagines what adulthood is like from a child’s perspective. British illustrator Steve Antony will illustrate the title.

In a statement on his website, Minchin said, ‘I feel incredibly lucky to be able to lend my lyrics to a children’s book. I adore Steve’s work, and it’s been a thrill to watch him develop his gorgeous illustrations. I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands.

28/03/2017

Shortlist for Children's Book Awards announced

The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

Older Readers

Waer (Meg Caddy, Text)
Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley, Macmillan)
My Best Friend is a Goddess (Tara Eglington, HarperCollins)
The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon, Lothian)
One Would Think the Deep (Claire Zorn, UQP)

Younger Readers

Rockhopping (Trace Balla, A&U)
Within These Walls (Rovyn Bavati, Scholastic)
A Most Magical Girl (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr, A&U)
Mrs Whitlam (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala)
Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade (Kate Temple, Jol Temple & John Foye, A&U)

Early Childhood

Go Home, Cheeky Animals! (Johanna Bell, illus by Dion Beasley, A&U)
All I Want for Christmas Is Rain (Cori Brooke, illus by Megan Forward, New Frontier)
The Snow Wombat (Susannah Chambers, illus by Mark Jackson, A&U)
Nannie Loves (Kylie Dunstan, Working Title Press)
Chip (Kylie Howarth, Five Mile)
Gary (Leila Rudge, Walker Books)

Picture Book

One Photo (Ross Watkins, illus by Liz Anelli, Viking)
Mechanica (Lance Balchin, Five Mile)
Home in the Rain (Bob Graham, Walker Books)
My Brother (Tiffan Huxley, Dee Huxley & Oliver Huxley, Working Title Press)
The Patchwork Bike (Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus by Van T Rudd, Lothian)
Out (Angela de Pourbaix, illus by Owen Swan, Scholastic)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Spellbound: Making Pictures with the A-B-C (Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books)
A-Z of Endangered Animals (Jennifer Cossins, Red Parka Press)
The Gigantic Book of Genes (Lorna Hendry, Wild Dog Books)
Fabish: The Horse that Braved a Bushfire (Neridah McMullin, illus by Andrew McLean, A&U)
Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks (Gina M Newton, NLA)
William Bligh: A Stormy Story of Tempestuous Times (Michael Sedunary, illus by Bern Emmerichs, Berbay).