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Majok Tulba is among the finalists for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize for his novel Beneath the Darkening Sky (Hamish Hamilton). The shortlist will be announced in the coming months, ahead of the winner’s announcement in November. For more information about the prize, see the Dylan Thomas Prize website here.
Get your hands on a free copy of The Rain Queen by Australian author Katherine Scholes from your local bookshop this Saturday 10 August – with an exclusive bonus chapter from her upcoming novel The Perfect Wife.
Moving between Melbourne and the wonderful wilderness of Tanzania, The Rain Queen has been acclaimed as “a superb romantic saga” and has captured the hearts of millions of readers the world over. To celebrate National Bookshop Day we’re giving away copies of a brand new edition which includes a sneak peek of the new novel The Perfect Wife coming in October 2013.
Katherine Scholes was born in Tanzania, East Africa. She now lives in Tasmania and is the author of four international bestselling novels.
For more information see http://katherinescholes.com/ and follow Katherine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherinescholes
National Bookshop Day will be held on 10 August 2013 and is an initiative of the Australian Booksellers Association and is designed to celebrate local bookshops and reward their loyal customers with free books, events and a range of other activities in participating local bookshops.
Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Sonya Hartnett has been shortlisted for the Children’s/Young Adult category of the 2012 Davitt Awards for her hauntingly beautiful novel, The Children of the King.
Presented by Sisters in Crime, the Davitt Awards recognise the best crime and mystery writing by Australian women, and will be presented in Melbourne on 31 August 2013.
For more information: http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/node/2
Congratulations to Paul French announced as the winner of the 2013 CWA Non-fiction Dagger for Midnight in Peking, the story of the murder of the adopted daughter of a former British consul in 1938 Peking, a tale which had been almost entirely overtaken by the Second World War.
"the judges praised the way he brilliantly evokes the uneasy atmosphere of China's capital 80 years ago, and the sordid exploits of the Anglophone expat community."
Photo: Joel Rickett picking up the award on behalf of Paul French.
Read more about the awards at the Crime Writers' Association website.
Three Penguin authors have been shortlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Awards to be announced at Brisbane Writers Festival on 7 September.
Named after Australia’s most notorious criminal, the Ned Kelly Awards are run by the Australian Crime Writers Association and are highly regarded as the country’s preeminent awards for crime writing.
Geoffrey McGeachin’s sixth book, Blackwattle Creek, shortlisted for the Best Fiction category has been described by the judges of this year’s Ned Kelly Awards as ”a flawless novel that offers everything one could wish for in crime fiction.”
Steve Lillebuen’s The Devil’s Cinema, shortlisted for the True Crime category, has been applauded by judges for “the depth of research and analysis results in giving credibility to a story so bizarre it might otherwise be relegated to a work of fiction.”
Robin de Crespigny’s award-winning The People Smuggler, also shortlisted for the True Crime category, received this praise from the judges; “We have not read these stories before and they challenge the demonizing jargon and fear mongering of political spin. This adds a dimension to the discourse about refugees and 'the boats' which goes beyond rhetoric and forms part of our history. Brilliant.”
For more information: http://www.austcrimewriters.com/content/2013-ned-kelly-awards
Penguin presents Australia’s finest writer, Tim Winton, speaking about his new novel Eyrie
WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2013 - 6 for 6:30pm
Presented in association with Dymocks Garden City and Fremantle Library
Tickets: $10 / $40 (includes ticket and a signed copy of Eyrie)
Venue: Fremantle Town Hall, 8 William Street, Fremantle, WA
Bookings essential onwww.trybooking.com or for enquiries 08 9364 7687
THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2013 - 6:00 for 6:30pm
Presented in association with Beaufort Street Books
Tickets: $10 (reimbursed when you purchase a copy of Eyrie)
Venue: Judith Cottier Theatre, Perth College, 31 Lawley Crescent, Mount Lawley, WA
Bookings essential on firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 6142 7996
SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2013 - 6 for 6:30pm
Presented in association with Matilda Bookshop
Tickets: $10 / $7 concession and for group bookings
Venue: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
Bookings essential on www.elderhall.adelaide.edu.au or 08 8313 5925 / 5286
MONDAY 21 OCTOBER 2013 - 6 for 6:30pm
Presented in association with Riverbend Books, American Bookstore & Avid Reader
Tickets: $15 / $12 ($5 reimbursed when you purchase a copy of Eyrie at the event)
Venue: Lourdes Hill Hall, 86 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne, QLD
www.riverbendbooks.com.au or 07 3899 8555
www.americanbookstore.com.au or 073229 4677
www.avidreader.com.au or 07 3846 3422
TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2013 - 6:30 for 7:00pm
Presented in association with Mary Who? Bookshop Townsville and James Cook University
Tickets: $5 (reimbursed when you purchase a copy of Eyrie)
Venue: Sir George Kneipp Lecture Theatre, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD
Bookings essential on http://alumni.jcu.edu.au/TimWintonLive or 07 4771 3824
TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2013 - 6:30 for 7:00pm
Presented in association with Collins Smithfield and James Cook University
Tickets: Free (simulcast from Townsville JCU campus)
Venue: Crowther Theatre James Cook University, Cairns, QLD
Bookings essential on www.http://alumni.jcu.edu.au/TimWintonCns
WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER 2013 - 7 for 7:30pm
Presented in association with Pages & Pages Booksellers
Venue: Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Rd, Cremorne
www.opheum.com.au or 02 9908 4344
www.pagesandpages.com.au or 02 9969 9736
THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER 2013 - 6:00 for 6:30pm
Presented in association with Gleebooks
Tickets: $15 / $12 concession
Venue: The Great Hall, Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW
(Main entrance off Parramatta Rd, opposite Derwent St)
Bookings essential on email@example.com or 02 9660 2333
FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2013 - 5:45 for 6:00pm
Presented in association with ANU and The Canberra Times
Tickets: Free - early booking encouraged
Venue: Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU
Bookings essential on www.timwintoncanberra.eventbrite.com.au or 02 6125 4144
SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2013 - 6 for 6:30pm
Presented in association with Fullers Bookshop
Tickets: $10 / $7 concession
Venue: Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay, TAS
Bookings essential on 03 6234 3800 or in-store at Fullers Bookshop, Hobart
SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2013 - 2 for 2:30pm
Presented in association with Goldfields Library Corporation and Dymocks Bendigo
Tickets: $5 (entitles ticket holder to 25% discount on Eyrie at the event)
Venue: The Capital - Bendigo's Performing Arts Centre, 50 View St, Bendigo, VIC
Bookings essential on www.thecapital.com.au or 03 5434 6100
(NB: Tickets available from Monday 5 August 2013)
MONDAY 28 OCTOBER 2013 - 6 for 6:30pm
Presented in association with Readings and the Wheeler Centre
Tickets: $50 (includes ticket and a signed copy of Eyrie)
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC
Bookings essential on www.wheelercentre.com/events or 03 9094 7800
(NB: Tickets available from 9.00 am Friday 6 September 2013)
TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER 2013 - 6:30 for 7:00pm
Presented in association with The Lane Bookshop
Tickets: $10 (entitles ticket holder to $5.00 discount on Eyrie at the event)
Venue: Christ Church Grammar School Chapel, Queenslea Drive, Claremont, WA
Bookings essential on firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 9384 4423
26 July 2013: Melbourne: Penguin Group (Australia) today launched True Stories http://www.penguin.com.au/true-stories/ a destination site for immersive reading experiences based on real life Australian stories.
Part story, part visual documentary, the site launched today with Father Bob Maguire’s inspiring life story. At 79, the enigmatic priest and champion of the down-and-out defies categorisation; a social activist who refuses to be defeated by enforced retirement. In True Stories, Father Bob’s story comes to life like never before, in a moving online portrait.
The Father Bob story is free to experience and features four chapters. They can be read in a linear fashion or explored independent of one another. The chapters are: Growing Up - family history and key events, New Beginnings - entry into the seminary, early postings and work with soldiers during the Vietnam war, A Place to Call Home – Father Bob’s posting to South Melbourne, his spiritual home and Outreach – Father Bob's influence and reach within the community.
Each chapter has additional layers of the story that seek to immerse the audience deeper into the sights, sounds and emotions of the people, places and events that have shaped Father Bob. This includes video and audio interviews with key characters in the story, photographs from Father Bob’s personal collection, archival imagery, exclusive videos, interactive maps, social feeds and more.
Kylie Robertson, Penguin’s Creative Director - Digital said: “True Stories is a platform for next generation reading experiences. Stories that lift off the page and onto screens with an elegant mix of interactivity and layered content.”
Author of Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest, Sue Williams, who was instrumental in architecting the narrative, said: “This is an incredible experience that really brings the book to life - and then makes you keen to go back to the book to find out more. There’s so much colour and life and movement for the reader... and Father Bob couldn’t be a better subject.”
Father Bob True Stories is a living, breathing, interactive portrait of a man who has and will continue to have a prolific influence in the community.
For more information please contact:
Chantelle Sturt, Publicity Manager
Penguin Group (Australia)
Ph 03 9811 2312 or email: email@example.com
The shortlist will be announced September 10 and the winner on October 15. Raised in Canada and now residing in England, Alison is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories. She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at Chichester University and lives in Brighton.
The bestselling picture book Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox has been selected by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for inclusion in the official gift package from Australia to welcome our new prince, the son of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, Katherine Middleton.
'I'm ecstatic for many reasons, mostly because I know that bonding with a baby over a book is heaven on earth. I'm so proud that one of the books that the prince will receive will be one of mine. It's a book for babies about (almost) everyone in the world having ten little fingers and ten little toes when they are born which means we're all the same really, and we all belong to the one big family whether we're princes or paupers. I'm also proud that Australia has been bold enough and sensible enough to give the little prince a book, of all things, since it gives books the status they deserve as gifts for very young children. Without books in the house how can children ever be expected to learn to read easily and quickly and happily?'
Letter from a Rake is your debut novel – how does it feel to be a published author?
Less than a year ago, I sat at the awards dinner of Romance Writers of Australia and made a vow that I would be published in 2013. It is very exciting, and still a little surreal to see my name on the Destiny Romance website. A friend is making a very large cake for the launch and we will be having a morning tea at my work to thank all my colleagues for all their generous support.
With all the constraints on women in Regency times, are you glad you weren’t born then?
I don’t think all the glamorous gowns and balls could compensate for the fact that women were not in charge of their own lives at that time.
Is there any element of the Regency era that you think you might have enjoyed?
As Mrs Bennett says in Pride and Prejudice ‘Officers!’ All those dashing, handsome men in uniform would have had me weak at the knees.
Who inspired the heroine of Letter from a Rake, the loveable, rebellious Millie Ashton
There are parts of my own personality, especially the stubbornness and the humour. As someone who migrated to Australia as a child, and who still has most of her family in England, aspects of Australia still seem foreign. Like Millie, I think I will always have my heart in two countries.
The gorgeous hero, Alex, has a problem he keeps secret – would he have been better off being open about it?
Alex is heir to a major title and fortune; he is expected to be a leader among the upper society in England. With so much at stake, Alex and his family have every reason to keep his secret safe.
A woman’s reputation was everything back then?
I think, as today, how you handled yourself in the face of a public scandal had a great bearing on how society treated you. Of course if you had money and powerful friends, many of these scandals were conveniently covered up. If not, the other option was a quick boat out of England and a long stay on the continent for ‘health’ reasons.
Being born and bred in India, complicates life for Millie when she returns to England?
I think things are difficult for Millie because she sees herself as being Indian. Her heart will always be on the subcontinent.
Do you have a favourite romance writer?
On any day it varies between Stephanie Laurens, Anna Campbell and Julia Quinn. I am also a big fan of Eloisa James and Anne Gracie.
Tell us three things you like and three things you dislike?
I like travel, homemade soup and walking on the beach near our house, especially in winter. I dislike slow internet connections, tomatoes and bad coffee.
Describe yourself in three words?
Feisty, driven and funny, probably sums me up best.