Page 394 of our blog posts

Griffith REVIEW talks Novellas

The six contributors to Griffith REVIEW’s latest annual fiction edition, The Novella Project chat about their favourite novellas, and considers why the form has so much value.

**Mary-Rose MacColl recommends…**

Amanda Lohrey’s Vertigo tells a haunting story with the beauty and austerity of the Australian coastal bush as its setting. This novella has many elements a great story might use, a c…

Read more ›

The Guardian First Book Award 2012 Shortlist

The Guardian First Book Award 2012 shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Sandstorm: The Inside Story Of Gaddafi’s Regime by Lindsey Hilsum

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo

Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson


Read more ›

Q&A with Paul Daley, author of Canberra

by Jessica Au

Paul Daley chats with Jessica Au about his new book, Canberra.

Canberra is the next instalment in New South’s cities series, alongside Sophie Cunningham’s Melbourne, Delia Falconer’s Sydney and others. Telling the story of Australia’s capital must have seemed like a mammoth task – what sides of Canberra were you finally drawn to capturing, and why?

When my initial excitement at being invite…

Read more ›

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…

Read more ›

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 …

Read more ›

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…

Read more ›

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,…

Read more ›

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 …

Read more ›

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…

Read more ›

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…

Read more ›