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The longlist for the Davitt Awards was announced today and Penguin Random House has a smashing showing, with 20 authors on the list.
Honey Brown, Through the Cracks
Jaye Ford, Already Dead
Candice Fox, Eden
Candice Fox, Hades
Anna George, What Came Before
Annie Hauxwell, A Morbid Habit
Wendy James, The Lost Girls
Kathryn Ledson, Monkey Business
P M Newton, Beams Falling
Helene Young, Safe Harbour
Young adult novels
Christine Bongers, Intruder
Sophie Masson, The Crystal Heart
Jacqueline Harvey, Alice-Miranda in Japan
Sofie Laguna, Do You Dare? Fighting Bones 1836
Alison Lloyd, Do You Dare? Bushranger Boys 1841
Belinda Murrell, The Sequin Star
R A Spratt, Friday Barnes: Big trouble
Amy Dale, The Fall
Xanthé Mallett, Mothers Who Murder: And infamous miscarriages of justice
Virginia Peters, Have You Seen Simone? The story of an unsolved murder
The shortlist will be announced in July.
For more information on these awards visit: sistersincrime.org.au
We are delighted with the news that Penguin Random House author Joan London has been shortlisted for the 2015 Kibble Literary Award for her novel The Golden Age.
Amongst some of Australia's most prestigious awards for women writers, the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards (the Kibble Awards) aim to encourage Australian women writers to improve and advance literature for the benefit of our community.
The Awards recognise the works of women writers of fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, literature and any writing with a strong personal element.
The Kibble Literary Award recognises the work of an established Australian woman writer while the Dobbie Literary Award recognises a first published work from an Australian woman writer.
The 2015 Kibble Awards winners will be revealed at an event in Sydney on 15 July 2015.
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is British novelist Ali Smith for How to Be Both.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most respected, most celebrated and most successful literary awards in the world. An annual award, it celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world.
This award and the critical reception we have had with this book are a reflection of Tim's ability to speak to both birdwatchers and enthusiasts and the layperson interested to understand more. In his review, Sean Dooley of Sydney Morning Herald said, "'Tim Low is the rare author who is able to turn complex and sophisticated research into a form digestible to the general reader without 'dumbing down' the science . . . A brilliantly readable book that not only gives Australian birds recognition long overdue, but allows for a fresh understanding of the way the world (and particularly our island continent) functions."
For the full list of award winners visit the ABIA Awards website.
Congratulations to Don Watson.
We are thrilled by the news from last night's NSW Premier's Awards that The Bush was awarded both the Douglas Stewart Prize for non-fiction and the NSW Premier's Book of the Year.
Our own Tom Keneally, writing in Weekend Australia, described the book as a "magnificent, celebratory, contradictory study of the Australian bush will challenge the national imagination . . . An amiable, learned, playful and engrossing book . . . There is a sense that an amiable and eloquent uncle is telling us everything piquant he knows about theology and culture and land use and the beasts and flora and families of the bush."
For more information on the awards visit the NSW Premier's Literary Awards website.
We are delighted with the news today that two Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Congratulations to Sonya Hartnett shortlisted for Golden Boys and Joan London shortlisted for The Golden Age.
Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, said:
'The 2015 Miles Franklin shortlist presents a powerful group of Australian novels with a rich cast of unforgettable characters, and themes ranging from childhood gangs and domestic violence to itinerant thieves, wartime internment and the post-war polio epidemic.'
The Miles Franklin Literary Award is regarded as Australia's most prestigious literature prize and was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin. First awarded in 1957, the prize is awarded each year to the novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.
The winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 will be revealed on 23 June 2015.
No matter how busy you are, you'll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you.
The book is divided into breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories, allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side. You can eat Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch and Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, and still be healthy! Whether you dip in and out of it, eat from the book Monday to Friday or use it faithfully every day for a month, it's totally up to you.
In Everyday Super Food, Jamie's done all the hard work for you - all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it.
Every meal in this book is a good choice and will bring you a step closer to a healthier, happier you.
James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, is giving bookstores in Australia and New Zealand up to $5000 each to spend on initiatives to get children reading. The total prize pool available is $100,000.
The US author, who made the announcement in Sydney today, believes that there are far too many children at risk of living their lives without books and is concerned that this translates to a world ‘run by the self-centred, the short-sighted and the glib. The apathetic and the narrow-minded.’
‘There is no doubt in my mind that bookshops play an essential role in the community in getting kids reading,’ says James, who has run similar initiatives in the UK and the US.
‘I have been inspired, moved and delighted by the innovative proposals I have received from bookstores in the UK and the US. And I have been thrilled to see the real difference that these grants have already started to make. I can’t wait to see the proposals from Australian and New Zealand bookstores.’
To apply for the grant, booksellers must already have a dedicated children’s book section in their store.
‘We are thrilled by James Patterson’s extraordinary generosity in supporting Australian booksellers in promoting kids’ books,’ says Joel Becker, the Chief Executive of the Australian Booksellers Association.
‘This is great news for an industry that is already seeing significant growth in sales for younger readers. Along with James, we celebrate the role that bookshops have in communities throughout Australia. We are excited about the opportunity that these grants will provide for bookshops to reach out to new audiences, and to develop ideas and programs that encourage young people to engage with the world of books and reading. Our members will take up this opportunity with a gusto that will knock your socks off!’
New research shows that the number of books in the family home directly impacts a child’s reading level – by as much as three years. A 2014 study across 42 countries and 200,000 cases found that having a home library enhances academic performance for all children. The improvement was irrespective of the parent’s own education, which has massive implications.
Even if a parent is illiterate, just having a children’s book in the home helps. Its very physicality is an invitation to pick it up and turn the pages.
‘This initiative shines a light on literacy. It prompts us to ask: what do we want our future to be and how do we get there?’ says James.
Reading skills in Australia have dropped significantly since 2000, according to the most recent (2012)
OECD report on literacy across 65 countries and half a million children. One in three Australian high school students can be considered functionally illiterate.
‘Bookshops guard against a future in which far too many children are illiterate,’ says James. ‘So many bookstores are already making a difference in their communities and I’m looking to help bookstores who want to do more.’
‘I’m open to all sorts of ideas. From an after-school bookclub, to an emailed newsletter. From a spot bonus to a valued employee, to funds to create a storytelling tent. Send me your ideas and I will read them,’ says
James. ‘For me, making the pledge is the easy part. The tricky task will be deciding which shops to help.’
Booksellers have until 5pm Tuesday 30 June to apply for the grant. Download an application form >
About James Patterson
James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. Since winning the
Edgar™ Award for Best First Novel with THE THOMAS BERRYMAN NUMBER, his books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers.
About the 2014 research
Titled Scholarly Culture and Academic Performance in 42 Nations, this research, which was co-authored by Dr Joanna Sikora from Australian National University and two others, found that the number of books in the family home dramatically impacts reading ability. To obtain a copy of this research paper, please email
JAMES PATTERSON WILL BE available for A LIMITED NUMBER OF interviews IN MAY
For more information contact Peri Wilson >
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