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Winner of the Most Underrated Book Award 2012

The Cook by Wayne Macauley is the winner of SPUNC’s Most Underrated Book Award 2012.

This inaugural award aims to shine a light on some of the fantastic titles that are released by independent publishers and members of the Small Press Network (SPUNC) that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues. It was judged by Amy Espeseth, Bethanie Blanchard and Andrew Wrathall.

The shortlist f…

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YABBA Winners 2012

The Young Australian’s Best Book Awards (YABBA) for 2012 have been announced, with all the winning books selected by children.

Founded in 1985 by a group of Victorians keen to see children engage in reading Australian books, YABBA has the same goal after more than 25 years.

The winning books this year included the first in the acclaimed Phoenix Files series by Chris Morphew, Arrival, which …

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Q&A with Geordie Williamson, author of The Burning Library

by Jessica Au

Geordie Williamson chats with Jessica Au about his new book, The Burning Library.

Tell us about writing The Burning Library – where did the idea start for you?

The germ of an idea came with 2009’s Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. I thought the project brilliant. It was a physically handsome book, produced by gifted editors and scholars, and filled with masses of unexpected,…

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The Way We Work: Michael Gerard Bauer and Joe Bauer on Eric Vale Epic Fail

Each author-illustrator pairing finds their own way of collaborating. We asked a father-and-son team about their working relationship during the making of a brand new series for younger readers, Eric Vale Epic Fail.

MGB: Eric Vale Epic Fail came about because of a typing mistake. One day I wrote a comment on Facebook and instead of saying something was an ‘epic fail’ I mistakenly typed that…

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Maxine McKew and Sally Warhaft chat about Tales from the Political Trenches

by Sally Warhaft

In Tales from the Political Trenches, Maxine McKew investigates the state of Labor today – the embittered struggle for leadership between Gillard and Rudd, the fraught road to minority government and the unseeable times ahead. She talks to Sally Warhaft.

It was the ousting of one prime minister that launched Maxine McKew into politics. It was the ousting of another that has now launched her …

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Winners of the 2012 Melbourne Prize for Literature

The Melbourne Prize Trust has announced the winners of the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

The winner of 2012 Best Writing Award is Craig Sherborne for his novel The Amateur Science of Love.

The overall winner of the 2012 Melbourne Prize for Literature is Alex Miller, for his body of work including novels Autumn Laing, Lovesong, Journey to the Stone Country and many more.

The 2012 Civic Choi…

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NSW Premier’s Awards Shortlists 2012

The shortlists for this year’s New South Wales Premier’s Literary and History Awards have been announced.

Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000) and nominees for the People’s Choice Award:

All That I Am (Anna Funder, Penguin) Sarah Thornhill (Kate Grenville, Text) Five Bells (Gail Jones, Vintage) The Life (Malcolm Knox, A&U) That Deadman Dance (Kim Scott, Picador) The Roving Party (Ro…

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New Adult: passing fad or the missing genre?

by Emily Gale

Since the Young Adult boom, the genre has been struggling to manage its broad reach: is New Adult the answer?

Last year I heard about a genre called New Adult, but the term has been used in the U.S. since 2009 to describe fiction that bridges the gap between Young Adult and Adult fiction. At first I scoffed. Did we need this new subset or was it a cynical marketing term? Why would anyone …

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Round-Up of November New Release Books

by Martin Shaw

As I write, it’s that time of year when there is a flurry of awards: the Nobel, the Booker and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, to name a few. But for me the most interesting announcement during the last month was that of a shortlist for a new award, administered by the Small Press Network – a representative body for small and independent Australian publishers.

The Most Underrated Book A…

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Books, Films and CDs for Halloween

It’s Halloween! It might not be a real holiday in Australia (yet!) but it is a great excuse to celebrate all things creepy. Here’s a round-up of the scary books, films and CDs we think you should be reading, watching and listening to today:

Five books to read this Halloween

Spooky books for kids and teens

Five films to watch this Halloween

Five CDs to play this Halloween

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