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Turn the page on literary disadvantage with Booktober!
Turn the page on literary disadvantage with Booktober!

A brand new annual event from WestWords encourages more reading and resources in greater Western Sydney.

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Tony Birch's 'The White Girl' is getting a movie
Tony Birch's 'The White Girl' is getting a movie

Tony Birch's Miles Franklin-shortlisted novel The White Girl is getting the big screen treatment courtesy of Typecast Entertainment. 

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Love Your Bookshop Day is heading online 3 October
Love Your Bookshop Day is heading online 3 October

Spread some socially-distanced love to your local bookshop with a huge range of online events Saturday 3 October!

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Booker Prize 2020 Shortlist announced
Booker Prize 2020 Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2020 Booker Prize was recently announced, celebrating the most noteworthy books published in the last year. 

 

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Barack Obama to publish his memoirs
Barack Obama to publish his memoirs

The presidential memoirs of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, will be published in two volumes.

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Fourteen to be adapted for the screen
Fourteen to be adapted for the screen

The screen rights for Shannon Molloy’s acclaimed memoir, Fourteen, have been acquired by Orange Entertainment Co.

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Paper Emperors by Sally Young wins 2020 Roderick Literary Award
Paper Emperors by Sally Young wins 2020 Roderick Literary Award

Dr Sally Young has won the 2020 Colin Roderick Literary Award for her exposé of the Australian newspaper industry in Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia’s Newspaper Empires.

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The NT Writers Festival is nearly here!
The NT Writers Festival is nearly here!

The NT Writers’ Festival is just a few weeks away, with preparations well underway to run the event amidst the challenges of a global pandemic.

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‘Hamnet’ wins 2020 Women’s Prize
10/10/2020 1:37 AM
‘Hamnet’ wins 2020 Women’s Prize

UK author Maggie O’Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Hamnet.

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Queensland Literary Awards 2020 winners announced
9/07/2020 11:22 PM
Queensland Literary Awards 2020 winners announced

The winners of the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The announcement took place during an online event hosted by the State Library of Queensland on Friday, 4 September.

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Winners announced for NSW Premier’s History Awards
9/07/2020 8:44 PM
Winners announced for NSW Premier’s History Awards

The first Premier’s History Awards took place last week, with the winners announced on Friday evening at the State Library of NSW as a part of the launch of NSW History Week.

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The Discomfort of Evening wins the International Booker Prize
The Discomfort of Evening wins the International Booker Prize

The Discomfort of Evening by Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has won the International Booker Prize for 2020.

 

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Nakkiah Lui launches publishing imprint Joan
Nakkiah Lui launches publishing imprint Joan

Gamilaroi and Torres Strait Islander woman, Nakkiah Lui, is launching a new imprint with Allen & Unwin called Joan.

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Writing NSW still hoping to be saved
Writing NSW still hoping to be saved

Writing NSW is facing difficult times since the state government has rejected their application for multi-year funding worth $175,000.

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2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards Finalists revealed
8/10/2020 10:08 PM
2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards Finalists revealed

The finalists for New Zealand’s 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards have been announced today. The awards celebrate the best in crime fiction from New Zealand across two categories: best novel, and best first novel.

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'The Chain' wins!
'The Chain' wins!

A gr favourite book, Adrian McKinty's The Chain, has won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year prize.

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British author Josephine Cox dies age 82
British author Josephine Cox dies age 82

Bestselling author Josephine Cox has died aged 82. Cox’s career included the publication of more than 60 books, which sold over more than 20 million copies, according to her publisher, HarperCollins.

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Shortlists for the 2020 Davitt Awards announced
Shortlists for the 2020 Davitt Awards announced

The Sisters in Crime organisation has announced the shortlists for their 2020 Davitt Awards. The Davitt Awards celebrate the best crime books by Australian women.

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Tara June Winch wins the 2020 Miles Franklin Award
Tara June Winch wins the 2020 Miles Franklin Award

Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch has won the 2020 Miles Franklin Award for her novel, The Yield.

 

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Winners of the Thriller Writers Awards announced
Winners of the Thriller Writers Awards announced

The winners of the International Thriller Writers’ Awards have been announced for 2020 at the virtual Thrillerfest event, which took place on July 11.

 

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Philip Pullman to release a previously unseen novella
7/10/2020 11:33 PM
Philip Pullman to release a previously unseen novella

Philip Pullman will release a previously unseen novella in October that tells more of the story of his famous protagonist, Lyra Silvertongue.

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National Biography Award 2020 Shortlist announced
7/10/2020 11:20 PM
National Biography Award 2020 Shortlist announced

In further book award news this week, the shortlist for the State Library of NSW 2020 National Biography Award has been announced.

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ABA: 2020 Booksellers’ Choice awards announced
7/09/2020 10:07 PM
ABA: 2020 Booksellers’ Choice awards announced

The Australian Booksellers Association have announced the winners of the 2020 Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards, which span three separate categories for the first time.

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Kate Grenville releases her new book
7/02/2020 11:29 PM
Kate Grenville releases her new book

Celebrated Australian author, Kate Grenville, has released her latest book today, A Room Made of Leaves, with Text Publishing.

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Ngaio Marsh Award long list revealed
8/01/2020 12:48 AM
Ngaio Marsh Award long list revealed

The longlist for New Zealand’s Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel has been announced for 2020, featuring a range of diverse and exciting stories and heroines to match.

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón dies, age 55
Carlos Ruiz Zafón dies, age 55

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of The Shadow of the Wind, has passed away at age 55.

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Shaun Tan wins the Kate Greenaway medal
Shaun Tan wins the Kate Greenaway medal

Australian artist Shaun Tan has become the first person of colour to win the Kate Greenaway medal for his book Tales from the Inner City

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Mary Trump to release incendiary memoir
Mary Trump to release incendiary memoir

Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, is set to release a tell-all book with Simon and Schuster later this year. 

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Miles Franklin Award 2020: Shortlist Announced
Miles Franklin Award 2020: Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award has been announced, and features a range of talented Australian authors and captivating novels.

 

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Jane Harper shortlisted for UK crime writing award
Jane Harper shortlisted for UK crime writing award

Australian author Jane Harper has been shortlisted for the British-based Theakston’s Old Peculier 2020 Crime Novel Award.

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Australian author Jesse Blackadder dies, aged 56
Australian author Jesse Blackadder dies, aged 56

Australian author Jesse Blackadder passed away last Wednesday at age 56, six months after her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. 

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JK Rowling announces new children’s book, The Ickabog
7/01/2020 12:58 AM
JK Rowling announces new children’s book, The Ickabog

JK Rowling is set to publish a new children’s book this year, and has decided to make it free online before the hard copy is released, aiming to give children in lockdown something to read.

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The first book on coronavirus is nearly here
The first book on coronavirus is nearly here

Covid-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus and the race for the vaccine by award-winning science journalist, Dr. Michael Mosley, will be released this Friday and is now available for... View More»

What is Australia's most borrowed book?
What is Australia's most borrowed book?

Civica and the Australian Library Information Association are launching the 2020 Civica Libraries index today in celebration of Library and Information Week. The index is an insightful list of Australia and New Zealand’s most... View More»

Unbeatable Bluey: A success story
Unbeatable Bluey: A success story

It’s been a great week for Australia’s favourite fictional blue heeler, with Bluey: The Beach winning the ABIA Book of the Year Award, and now View More»

2020 ABIA Awards: Bluey makes history
2020 ABIA Awards: Bluey makes history

The 2020 ABIA awards were held earlier this week in an online service that was streamed via YouTube. This year saw iconic children’s book, Bluey: The Beach, win... View More»

Two YA Fiction classics prepare for re-launch
6/07/2020 1:16 AM
Two YA Fiction classics prepare for re-launch

A return to classic young-adult fiction series seems to be the flavour of 2020, with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins releasing further installments to their series in the... View More»

The Luminaries adapted for the small screen
6/04/2020 1:02 AM
The Luminaries adapted for the small screen

Popular 2013 novel, The Luminaries, has been adapted into a six-part miniseries, filmed in New Zealand, and soon to be released in Australia.

 

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ABIA 2020 Shortlist Announced
ABIA 2020 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) has been announced today, with the announcement of the winners only a few short weeks away.

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K.M. Kruimink takes home The Vogel Literary Award for 2020
K.M. Kruimink takes home The Vogel Literary Award for 2020

Tasmanian writer K.M. Kruimink has been announced this week as the winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for 2020.

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Mitch Albom releases a serialised story of hope for coronavirus pandemic
Mitch Albom releases a serialised story of hope for coronavirus pandemic

Popular American author Mitch Albom is currently writing a free, serialised story called Human Touch in order to raise awareness for coronavirus relief in his home city, Detroit.

 

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Manchester Writing School encourages coronavirus poetry
Manchester Writing School encourages coronavirus poetry

Fans of poetry will be pleased to hear that a range of new poems about the coronavirus pandemic are being published by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Turnbull memoir pirated within the Prime Minister’s Office
Turnbull memoir pirated within the Prime Minister’s Office

Australian publishing company Hardie Grant has taken action on piracy after their new release, A Bigger Picture, the memoir from ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, was found to be illegally sent as an e-book prior to publication.

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Groundbreaking investigation into domestic violence wins 2020 Stella Prize
Groundbreaking investigation into domestic violence wins 2020 Stella Prize

Jess Hill’s ground-breaking investigative book, See What You Made Me Do, has won the $50 000 Stella Prize for... View More»

Nosy Crow's coronavirus book for kids is here
5/09/2020 12:00 AM
Nosy Crow's coronavirus book for kids is here

The team at Nosy Crow publishing has put together a digital children’s book about the coronavirus, hoping to make it an easier concept for children to wrap their heads around.

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Free activities for the kids
4/09/2020 11:54 PM
Free activities for the kids

We know you need a way to entertain your kids at the moment, so the gr team has pulled together some free activities you can download for your little ones!

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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree shortlisted for International Booker Prize
4/09/2020 7:26 PM
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree shortlisted for International Booker Prize

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar has now been shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize.

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Emerging Writers Festival to take place online
5/02/2020 2:35 AM
Emerging Writers Festival to take place online

The annual Emerging Writers’ Festival will take place online this year, with social distancing measures meaning large events have been canceled.

 

 

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Reviews: Jeremy Thorpe and A Very English Scandal
4/02/2020 9:09 PM
Reviews: Jeremy Thorpe and A Very English Scandal

As you look for things to read and watch over the isolation period, we thought we'd bring you Clive Hodges' reviews of Jeremy... View More»

Marvellous March: 5-star reviews from gr
Marvellous March: 5-star reviews from gr

Are you after your next high-quality read? Check out the books rated 5 stars in our March issue.

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