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March 2007

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Galaxy British Book Awards Announced

The Galaxy British Book Award winners have been announced. For the winners and shortlisted titles visit their website



News item posted on 30-Mar-2007

Oprah Picks Next Book Club Book

Oprah Winfrey has announced that the next book to feature in her book club is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

News item posted on 30-Mar-2007

Dan Brown Wins Appeal

The UK Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court judgement which cleared author Dan Brown of plagiarising The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail in his book The Da Vinci Code.
Michael Baigent, co-author of the The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, has ruled out a second appeal.

News item posted on 29-Mar-2007

Jacket Covers Released for New Harry Potter Book

The publisher of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books has released the jacket covers for her latest and final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
As with the previous books, the children's jacket is illustrated by Jason Cockcroft and the adult image was photographed by Michael Wildsmith.

News item posted on 29-Mar-2007

2006 National Biography Award Announced

Author, poet and Holocaust survivor Jacob Rosenberg has been awarded the $20,000 National Biography Award 2006 for his memoir, East of Time, the State Library of NSW announced.
Jacob Rosen's darkly ironic, poetic book also won the 2006 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2007 Australian Gold Medal for Literature;  the 2006 Victorian and  Qld Premier's  Premier's Literary Awards and the SA Arts Awards. Selected from a record 59 entries, East of Time combines personal memoir and character-focused portraits and, set against a terrifying historic backdrop, reveals a powerful and poignant life story that closes with the march towards Auschwitz. 
Born in Lodz, Poland in 1929, Jacob lived with his family in the Jewish ghetto until 1944 when, in the last flurry of ‘liquidations’, they were sent to Auschwitz. He was the only family member to survive. 
Now in its third reprint, East of Time has been its publisher’s bestselling title.The sequel, Sunrise West, is due out in August 2007. 
According to the judges, “this beautifully crafted book holds extraordinary humanity. Written at great personal cost, it shows us what human beings can be and do.” 
The judges for this year’s Award were literary critic and writer Morag Fraser, teacher and author John Dale and leading businesswoman Sam Meers. 
The National Biography Award is administered and presented by the State Library of NSW on behalf of its generous benefactors Geoffrey Cains and Michael Crouch AO.

News item posted on 28-Mar-2007

Orange Prize Longlist Announced

The longlist for the Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced.

The shortlist will be announced at The London Book Fair on 17 April and the winner will be announced on 6 June.

Longlist as follows:

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan
Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Peripheral Vision by Patricia Ferguson
Over by Margaret Forster
The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger
When to Walk by Rebecca Gowers
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
The Observations by Jane Harris
Carry Me Down by MJ Hyland
The Girls by Lori Lansens
Alligator by Lisa Moore
What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
Careless by Deborah Robertson
Afterwards by Rachel Seiffert
Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley
Digging to America by Anne Tyler
The Housekeeper by Melanie Wallace

News item posted on 20-Mar-2007

Australian National Biography Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the National Biography Award has been announced. The six titles shortlisted are:

The winner will be announced at the State Library of NSW on 27 March.

News item posted on 19-Mar-2007

Miles Franklin Award Longlist

The Australian books longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2007 have been announced.

The eight novels are:

The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 19 April and the winner will be announced on Thursday 21 June.

News item posted on 19-Mar-2007

Shortlist for Oddest Book Title of the Year Announced

The UK Bookseller magazine has revealed the shortlist for The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. The six shortlisted titles are:

  • How Green Were the Nazis? edited by Franz-Josef Bruggemeier, Mark Cioc and Thomas Zeller 
  • D Di Mascio's Delicious Ice Cream: D. Di Mascio of Coventry: An Ice Cream Company of Repute, with an Interesting and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans by Roger De Boer, Harvey Francis Pitcher, and Alan Wilkinson
  • The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification by Julian Montague
  • Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan by Robert Chenciner by Gabib Ismailov, Magomedkhan Magomedkhanov and Alex Binnie
  • Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium, edited by Robert J Anderson, Juliet A Brodie, Edvar Onsoyen and Alan T Critchley
  • Better Never To Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence by David Benatar

An online poll to find the winner is now open at, and the winner will be revealed on Friday 13th April on the eve of the London Book Fair.
Three excellent entries were ruled out because they were published before 2006: The Essential Underwater Guide to North Wales Vol 1, Let’s Discover F Words, and Celebrating Boxes. There was also a seminal Chinese book that has yet to find a UK publisher: A General Analysis of the Counting Methods of Chopped Yarrow Stalks in the Book of Changes.

News item posted on 12-Mar-2007

National Book Critics Awards Announced

Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss has won the US National Book Critics Circle fiction award.
Rough Crossings by Simon Schama won for general non fiction. The biography winner was James Tiptree, Jr. by Julie Phillips and The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn won for autobiography. Tom Thomson in Purgatory by Troy Jollimore won the poetry award.
The criticism prize went to Everything That Rises by Lawrence Weschler.

News item posted on 12-Mar-2007

2007 Biennial PEN Keneally Award Announced

Distinguished writer Frank Moorhouse AM has won the 2007 biennial PEN Keneally Award.
The Award is given by the Australian PEN Centres, Sydney PEN and Melbourne PEN, in recognition of an achievement in promoting freedom of expression, international understanding and access to literature as expressed in the charter of International PEN.
Frank Moorhouse is best known as the author of 14 books over the last forty years, four of which have been made into films. His novel, Dark Palace, won the 2001 Miles Franklin Prize.
His latest, The Martini Memoir, was published in 2006.








News item posted on 12-Mar-2007

Have You Checked Out the Good Reading Blog?

Why not take a moment and visit the Good Reading blog?

You'll meet our guest blogger, Australian fantasy author Jennifer Fallon.

News item posted on 07-Mar-2007

ABC Fiction Award Announced

The 2007 ABC Fiction Award was awarded to Luck in the Greater West, by Damian McDonald.
McDonald receives a $10,000 advance and will have his novel published by ABC Books and broadcast on ABC Local Radio.
For more information on the award visit

News item posted on 06-Mar-2007

Granta Releases List of Top Twenty One Young American Novelists

A little over a decade ago Granta devoted an issue to new fiction by the twenty writers it judged to be the 'Best of Young American Novelists'. The writers then included Sherman Alexie, Edwidge Danticat, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen and Lorrie Moore.
Who are their equivalents as writers of promise and achievement today? Over the course of a year, six judges read and deliberated and eventually chose twenty-one, all of them under the age of thirty-five.
Issue 97 of Granta magazine, Best of Young American Novelists 2, is devoted to their new work - a revealing insight into a new generation of American writing which shows, beside its talent, what bothers and inspires the imagination of modern America.
The winners are:

  • Daniel Alarcýn
  • Kevin Brockmeier
  • Judy Budnitz
  • Christopher Coake
  • Anthony Doerr
  • Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Nell Freudenberger
  • Olga Grushin
  • Dara Horn
  • Gabe Hudson
  • Uzodinma Iweala
  • Nicole Krauss
  • Rattawut Lapcharoensap
  • Yiyun Li
  • Maile Meloy
  • ZZ Packer
  • Jess Row
  • Karen Russell
  • Akhil Sharma
  • Gary Shteyngart
  • John Wray

News item posted on 05-Mar-2007

UK Votes On Favourite Book For World Book Day

British readers voted Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and J R R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings as their favourite books in a poll for World Book Day.

News item posted on 02-Mar-2007