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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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Q&A with Jen Storer, author of Truly Tan

by Emily Gale

Jen Storer is the author of children’s books The Accidental Princess and Tensy Farlow and the Home For Mislaid Children. Here she chats about her latest book, Truly Tan, a funny and action-packed mystery for readers 8 and up.

The first book in your Truly Tan series is a ghostly adventure that had my eight-year-old completely hooked. Can you tell us about some of your influences? I thought i

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Five CDs To Play This Halloween

by Ingrid Josephine

Music lover Ingrid Josephine makes suggestions for some CDs to play this Halloween – a couple of which are perhaps not so much ‘scary’ as appropriately named.

***Halloween Classics* by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra**

What better way to kick off this list than with ghoulish delights from the Greats such as Puccini’s ‘Witches’ Sabbath’, Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’, Mozart’s ‘The Statue Drags …

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Q&A with Lachlann Carter, founder of 100 Story Building

by Nina Kenwood

100 Story Building is a new social enterprise and centre for young writers. Here Nina Kenwood chats with founder Lachlann Carter.

Can you tell us a little about 100 Story Building? How did the project begin?

100 Story Building provides opportunities for the most marginalised children and young people in the inner west of Melbourne to develop the literacy skills, confidence and sense of belongin…

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Spooky Fun: our picks for children’s and YA books this Halloween

by Emily Gale

In Australia we’re still divided about how to celebrate Halloween, or whether to bother at all, but this collection of spooky books contains something for everyone, from pre-schoolers to teens.

For younger readers:

Meg and Mog: Three Terrific Tales by Helen Nicholl and Jan Pienkowski

The Meg and Mog (and Owl!) stories have been popular for 30 years. Author Helen Nicholl’s recent death cam…

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Meet the Bookseller with Selena Tan

We chat with Selena Tan about what she’s reading right now, and why the smell of a new book is so tempting.

Why do you work in books?

I love the smell of books, and receiving stock is always potentially exciting. Like the time I discovered I Am Maru by mugumogu straight out of the box. Also, there is the possibility of meeting authors I admire. David Levithan is definitely my meet-the-autho…

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Why we need a prize for women’s writing

by Monica Dux

In a result that has warmed many a literary feminist’s heart, Hilary Mantel was last week awarded her second Man Booker Prize for the stunning novel Bring Up the Bodies. In Australia cockles had already been pre-heated by Anna Funder’s win earlier this year, taking out the Miles Franklin Award for All That I Am.

At a time when there’s so much gender fury being expressed in other areas of publi…

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