Diverse Books Needs to be More Than an Online Trend

We need more books and readers.

A recent article in The Guardian by Nikesh Shukla questioned how to make the publishing industry less ‘posh’, ‘white’ and ‘male’. In the article Shukla suggests that the “absence of any black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) writers on next year’s World Book Night list [has] provoked an outcry” and asked various writers and prominent

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Asher Literary Award Winner Announced

Joan Beaumont is the winner of the 2015 Asher Literary Award for her book Broken Nation.

Photo courtesy of Australian National University Joan Beaumont has won the 2015 Asher Literary Award for her book Broken Nation. The Asher Literary Award is awarded every two years to a female author whose work has an anti-war theme. Beaumont was awarded a prize of $12,000 at an event in Sydney on 8 December, hosted by

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Book Review: The Strays

The Strays is a debut novel by Australian author, Emily Bitto.

Title: The Strays Author: Emily Bitto Genre: Coming-of-Age, Fiction, Literary Publisher: Affirm Press Release Date: April 30, 2014 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 244 Synopsis: On her first day at a new school, Lily meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape

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2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist Announced

2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlist of books.

The Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced that twenty one books have been shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The shortlisted books comprise some of the best fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults produced in Australia in the past 12 months. The winners in each of the five award

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Tasmania Book Prize Winners 2015

Tasmania Book Prize longlisted books.

The winners of the 2015 Premier’s Literary Prizes were announced on Wednesday, 2 December 2015. The award which is supported by the Tasmanian Government is awarded to the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre with a prize worth $25,000. Tasmania Book Prize Winner The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd by Quentin Beresford

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Asher Literary Award Shortlist 2015

Australian Society of Authors has released the shortlist for the Asher Literary Award

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the shortlist for this year’s Asher Award. They received 47 applications from a range of genres, including children’s literature and performance writing. Assessors Tegan Bennett Daylight, Anthony Birch and Charlotte Wood commented on the quality and diversity of submissions and agreed that selecting a winner would be

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Elizabeth Harrower Wins 2015 Voss Literary Prize

Australian novelist Elizabeth Harrower. Image courtesy of The Australian newspaper.

Australian novelist Elizabeth Harrower has won the 2015 Voss Literary Prize for her novel In Certain Circles which was published by Melbourne-based independent publisher, Text Publishing. Image courtesy of The Australian. Elizabeth Harrower who was born in 1928 and lives in Sydney withdrew her fifth novel, In Certain Circles, some months prior to publication, in 1971.

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Australian Man Booker Authors Open Letter to PM

Books on display in a bookstore.

Australian Man Booker Prize winning authors, Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan and Tom Keneally break down what the ending of parallel importation restrictions could mean for publishers, writers and readers in Australia in an open letter to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. An Open Letter to the Prime Minister, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull Dear Prime Minister,

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This House of Grief

This House of Grief by Australian author, Helen Garner is a crime / non-fiction book.

Title: This House of Grief Author: Helen Garner Genre: Biography, Crime, Non-Fiction Publisher: Text Publishing Release Date: August 20, 2014 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 288 On the evening of 4 September 2005, Father’s Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the

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To Name Those Lost

To Name Those Lost in an Australian novel by Australian author, Rohan Wilson.

Title: To Name Those Lost Author: Rohan Wilson Genre: Fiction Publisher: Allen & Unwin Release Date: September 24, 2014 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 242 To Name Those Lost is the story of a father’s journey. Wilson has an eye for the dirt, the hardness, the sheer dog-eat-doggedness of the lives of the poor. Human

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The Green Road

The Green Road is an Irish novel by Irish author, Anne Enright.

Title: The Green Road Author: Anne Enright Genre: Fiction Publisher: Random House Release Date: 7 May 2015 Format: Paperback Pages: 320 A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion – a book about the gaps in the human heart and how

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Irish Book Awards Winners

Winners at Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015 announced.

The 2015 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards has announced it’s winners in a ceremony which took place in Dublin. The awards which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year was was attended by Ireland’s top writers, publishers, booksellers and media personalities including novelists Edna O’ Brien, Kevin Barry, Louise O’Neill, Sara Baume and Derek Landy

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist 2015

Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlist 2015.

The (Australian) Prime Minister’s Literary Awards which recognise exceptional literary achievement by Australian writers in fiction, non‐fiction, young adult fiction, children’s fiction, poetry and Australian history has released its shortlist for 2015. The Literary Awards celebrate Australian literature and historical works, and recognise the vital role these endeavours play in communicating Australian stories. They also

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Book Review: The Eyeball End

The Eyeball End is a memoir by Ali MC and Australian author and musician.

Title: The Eyeball End Author: Ali MC Genre: Memoir Publisher: Xoum Publishing Release Date: August 1, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 254 Beginning with an acid-fuelled night in the Kimberley, the first decade of the 21st century sees Ali MC travelling the globe in an attempt to understand the forgotten corners of the world.

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The International Dublin Literary Award 2016 Longlist

The International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2015 is one of the world's most prestigious book awards.

Book lovers everywhere will be pleased by the announcement of 160 books that have made the 2016 long list for the International Dublin Literary Award. The prestigious book award which in its 21st year is among the lengthiest in its already distinguished history. 53 titles which have been translated from other languages have been nominated

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Amazon’s New Bookstore

Amazon has opened a new bookstore called Amazon Books.

Amazon Books—like the surrounding mall—feels like it’s predicated on anxiety. Its very existence may be meant as an answer to anxieties within the company about a persistent inability to overcome the question of ‘discovery,’ both for Amazon Publishing titles and in general—the company remains dependent on consumers finding products they’re interested elsewhere and then buying

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Australian Author Yvette Walker on Writing

Yvette Walker is a Perth-based Australian novelist.

Yvette Walker is an Australian author who currently resides in Perth with her partner. Her debut novel Letters to the End of Love was published by University of Queensland Press in April 2013. It was shortlisted for the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Yvette won a 2014 WA Premiers Book Award in the Emerging WA

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Marlee Jane Ward on the Writer’s Life

Marlee Jane Ward is an Australian writer and author of Welcome to Orphancorp.

Marlee Jane Ward is a writer, reader and self-confessed weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. She grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales and studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong. In the summer of 2014 she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in the United States. She took out second place in

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Australian Lit Mag Launches Into Books

Writerful Books offers editing services to assist authors in the process of publishing their books.

Writer’s Edit, a Sydney-based literary magazine, has branched into the book industry and is earning them plenty of industry praise. Originally launched in July 2013 as a literary magazine featuring essays, writing prompts, author interviews and writing advice it went on to add publishing to its repertoire last year with Kindling, their annual anthology of

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Book Review: Letters to the End of Love

Letters to the end of Love is a novel by Australian author, Yvette Walker.

Title: Letters to the End of Love Author: Yvette Walker Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: University of Queensland Press Release Date: July 1, 2013 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 252 Synopsis: Three stories, three secrets, and three marriages are the focus of this brilliantly written and literary debut novel. In a coastal village in Cork in

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