Page 10 of our blog posts

Dear Reader, April 2019

by Alison Huber

Our Nonfiction Book of the Month is Black Inc.’s anthology, Growing Up African in Australia. As is true for the collections exploring Asian and Aboriginal identities before it (and the Queer collection to come in August), I don’t think the impact of this anthology can be overestimated. The book industries here and internationally are trying to grapple with questions of diversity, representation, …

Read more ›

The ALS Gold Medal longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

Aqua Spinach by Luke Beesley Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett Blakwork by Alison Whittaker click here for what we do by Pam Brown False Claims of Colonial Thieves by Charmaine Papertalk Green & John Kinsella Flames by Robbie Arnott Newcastle Sonnets by Keri…

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Hadley, Gilbert, Nwosu and Yoshitake

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Mark Rubbo is reading Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley

I’ve been reading Tessa Hadley’s Late in the Day. Two middle-class couples – a teacher, an artist, a gallery owner and a dilettante – are inseparable. Add in death, adultery, fame, and angst and you might g…

Read more ›

Read an extract from Growing Up African in Australia

by Sara El Sayed

Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, Growing Up African in Australia is a compelling and evocative new anthology that brings together the diverse personal stories of more than 30 Australians of the African diaspora. ‘African Mama’ by Sara El Sayed is one such memorable story.

‘We always want what we don’t h…

Read more ›

Literary fiction that will make you laugh

Whether it’s razor-sharp satire or effortlessly charming comedy of manners, these works of fiction mix levity and literary in equal measure, and will tease out a few smiles and chuckles or have you doubled over with full-on belly laughs. Less by Andrew Sean Greer

When Andrew Sean Greer’s novel about an almost-50 failed novelist’s travels across the globe won the Pulitzer last year, it had c…

Read more ›

Recommended books about cons, frauds and hoaxes

Liars, fraudsters, scammers and con artists… From Belle Gibson to Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes, these stories about pathological liars are riveting for the sheer audacity of their deceptions, and sobering in the number of lives their actions affected. Below, we round up some of the most engrossing fiction and non-fiction about con artists and their cons. NON-FICTION Bad Blood: Secrets and L

Read more ›

A spotlight on Real Pigeons Fight Crime

Real Pigeons Fight Crime is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this madcap mystery with feathered friends.

‘Real Pigeons Fight Crime introduces a dynamic crime-fighting team: Grandpouter is the patriarch in charge of superstrong Frillback, extra-bendy Tumbler, navigational expert Homey and the newest recrui…

Read more ›

A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month we had a visit from Lisa Riley, children’s publisher at Penguin Random House. Lisa is a very passionate bookworm who works on a diverse array of books, from board books for the youngest babies through to fiction and non-fiction for young adults, like our Teen Advisory Board members. She told our members all about the variety of her job: from checking the finest details of a manuscript,…

Read more ›

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2019

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2019. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) Between Us by Clare Atkins Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee Changing Gear by Scot Gardner …

Read more ›