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Simon Baker and Mark Johnson have acquired screen rights to Tim Winton's award-winning novel Breath. Both Baker and Johnson will produce, and Baker will play one of the lead roles. Simon Baker, who has been surfing since childhood, currently stars in the hit TV drama The Mentalist. Mark Johnson, whose credits include Rain Main, The Notebook, and the AMC drama Breaking Bad, is currently in production on the third instalment of the Chronicles of Narnia.
The winners of this year's YABBA Victorian children's choice book awards have been announced.
The winners were:
- Fiction Years 7-9: Then (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
- Fiction Older Readers: Specky Magee And The Spirit Of Game (Felice Arena & Garry Lyon, Puffin)
- Picture Storybooks: Are We There Yet? (Alison Lester, Viking).
The YABBA Awards are determined by students around Victoria voting on their favourite books. For more information about YABBA visit the website.
The shortlist for this year's ACT Book of the Year Awards has been announced. The $10,000 award recognises 'excellence in quality contemporary literary works by ACT writers' and includes fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
- A Guide to the Birds of East Africa: A Novel (Nicholas Drayson, Viking)
- Invading Australia: Japan and the Battle for Australia, 1942 (Peter Stanley, Viking)
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010:
Killing God by Kevin Brooks
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
The Midnight Charter by David Whitley
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010:
What does Daddy do? By Rachel Bright
The Boat by Nam Le
2009 Prime Minister's Literary Award acceptance speech
If you're listening to this, then right now I'm cruising at 10,000 metres above the Indian Ocean, two-thirds of the way through my 34 hour trip, and completely oblivious to the fact that I'm actually completely gobsmacked. Come to think of it, that's probably not the worst way to be gobsmacked . . . read more