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Vale Agnes Nieuwenhuizen

by Mike Shuttleworth

We were deeply saddened to learn of Agnes Nieuwenhuizen’s death last week. Our children’s bookseller Mike Shuttleworth, who worked with Agnes for many years, reflects on her work and lasting legacy.

Agnes died suddenly on 14 September in Woodend, Victoria. A champion of youth literature in Australia and tireless advocate of reading, she leaves a deep and lasting impression on Australian cultur…

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Voss Literary Prize longlist 2017

The longlist for the 2017 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

Launched in 2014, the Voss Literary Prize is awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year, and is dedicated to the memory of historian Vivian Robert Le Vaux Voss.

The full 2017 longlist is:

All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford Dodge Rose by Jack Cox (Read our review) Our Magic Hour by Jennifer …

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Man Booker Prize shortlist 2017

Congratulations to the six authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction!

Chair of 2017 judges, Baroness Lola Young, writes: ‘Playful, sincere, unsettling, fierce: here is a group of novels grown from tradition but also radical and contemporary. The emotional, cultural, political and intellectual range of these books is remarkable, and the ways in which they challenge our thin…

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Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2017

The £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize (formerly known as the Samuel Johnson prize) is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

This year’s longlist has recently been announced. Here is the longlist in full:

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine b…

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A round-up of items from #authorsforasylum

We have been so impressed to see Australian authors come forward to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) as part of the ‘Authors for Asylum’ campaign on Twitter.

This campaign was started by author Zana Fraillon, who earlier this year won the inaugural Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her timely, gutsy and gorgeously story of a 10-year-old Rohingyar refugee born in a deten…

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Extinctions by Josephine Wilson wins the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Josephine Wilson has been named the winner of this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for her second novel, Extinctions!

Humorous and poignant, Extinctions is a story about all kinds of extinction – natural, racial, national and personal – and what we can do to prevent them.

The Miles Franklin judges say Extinctions is a ‘compassionate and unapologetically intelligent novel that explores agei…

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A letter from Mark Rubbo on Indigenous Literacy Day

by Mark Rubbo

Dear friends,

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day. I am writing to you to seek your support for the work the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) does to foster literacy in remote communities around Australia.

The ILF achieves their goal through three programs: Book Supply which supplies age and culturally relevant new books to over 250 remote communities each year; Book Buzz which is an early lit…

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The bestselling books at Melbourne Writers Festival 2017

We were delighted to be the official booksellers at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Congratulations to the Festival team on another wonderful, thought-provoking year.

Here is a list of the top 20 bestselling books from the Festival…

1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
2. Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor
3. Taboo by Kim Scott
4. Utopia for Realists

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Ned Kelly Awards winners 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing! Best Fiction Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty is the newest installment in his popular detective series set in 1980s Belfast. In this novel, Detective Inspector Sean Duffy heads down hi…

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Celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day 2017

Indigenous Literacy Day is Wednesday 6 September. This day is organised by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), and here are some ways you can support them in their work.

Come along to a special Melbourne event

ILF ambassadors Andy Griffiths and Jared Thomas, along with students from Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga on the Tiwi Islands (NT), will launch a joyous new children’s book: S

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