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Commonwealth Writers Prize in the South-East Asia and Pacific region - shortlisted
19 Feb 2010

Best Book prize

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

For more information please visit the website.

Finalists announced for Adelaide literature awards
10 Feb 2010

Children's literature award ($15,000): for a published children's book, fiction or non-fiction.

Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen

Fiction award ($15,000): for a published novel or collection of short stories.

Disquiet by Julia Leigh

Non-fiction award ($15,000): for a published work of non-fiction demonstrating a command of the subject as well as a fluent and outstanding literary style.

The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper

An Exacting Heart by Jacqueline Kent

Darwin's Armada by Iain McCalman

For more information please visit the Arts SA website.

Australian Book Review's Favourite Australian Novels
03 Feb 2010

#1 Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

#2 The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson

#4 Breath by Tim Winton

For more visit the ABR website.

Penguin and the Apple iPad
28 Jan 2010

'Today's announcement represents an important step in the development of a digital audience for books. Penguin already maintains a close partnership with several digital platforms and channels, and is delighted to extend our approach with Apple. The iPad and iBookstore will, we believe, appeal to existing Penguin customers and also attract millions of new readers to the world's best books.' John Makinson, Chairman and Chief Executive Penguin Group

Note: This is currently US only

2009 Aurealis Award Winner
27 Jan 2010

Best Horror Novel

Red Queen by H.M. Brown

Best Young Adult Novel

Leviathan Trilogy: Book One by Scott Westerfeld

Best Children's (8-12) Novel

A Ghost in My Suitcase by Gabrielle Wang

For more information visit:

2010 Australian of the Year Award
27 Jan 2010

Congratulations to Maggie Beer, the 2010 Senior Australian of the Year.

For more information visit:

The Australia Post Legends Award
21 Jan 2010

Six Australian novelists - Peter Carey, Bryce Courtenay AM, Thomas Keneally AO, David Malouf AO, Colleen McCullough AO and Tim Winton - will have the rare honour of featuring on this year's Australia Day stamp series, to be released today.

The Australia Post Legends Award honours living Australians who have made a lasting impression on our national identity and character.

The authors will be presented with the Australia Post Australian Legends Award for 2010 in recognition of the outstanding contribution they have made, through their novels, to Australia's social and cultural life.

The Legends will feature on 12 x 55c stamps, a first day cover, a set of maxicards and a prestige booklet. A commemorative biography, Novel Lives: Legends of the Written Word, by Jason Steger accompanies the stamp issue.

The stamps and book can be purchased at participating Australia Post outlets or on-line at

Writers' Workshop with Bryce Courtenay
13 Jan 2010
  • Date: Monday 15 February - Friday 19 February 2010

  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm (workshop)

  • Location: Macquarie University North Ryde campus

  • Cost: AUD $2,800 including GST (students/pensioners & early bird discounts available)

  • RSVP: Friday 29 January 2010. Please note, places are limited.

If you would like more information about the workshop, or if you would like to register, please contact:
Shireen Brooks: email or phone +61 2 9850 4271 or visit

ACT Book of the Year Award
07 Jan 2010

Penguin's A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson has won the ACT Book of the Year Award.

The ACT Cultural Council considered the book to be a 'charming and observant novel with an effective and sustained lightness of tone'. The award recognises and rewards quality contemporary literary works including fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and is valued at $10,000.

ACT Book of the Year - The nominated book must have been published in 2009 for the first time and written by an author who resides in the ACT.

Further information available at

Dr Miriam Stoppard, has been awarded an OBE for services to health care and charity in the New Year Honours list.
06 Jan 2010

Health writer, broadcaster and agony aunt Dr Miriam Stoppard has become an OBE for her services to healthcare and to charity in the New year Honour list.

She began her writing and broadcasting career in the early 1970s and became a world-leading authority on childcare and women's health.

Dr Stoppard has published over 50 books and has a column in The Daily Mirror.

For more information on her books please visit our Parenting website.


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