Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist

The 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is a book award for female writers.

This year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced on April 11 2016 at London’s Royal Festival Hall by novelist Kate Mosse. The shortlist features two Irish writers including previously shortlisted author, Anne Enright, alongside three debut writers. Enright, the first laureate for Irish fiction, was shortlisted in 2012 for The Forgotten Waltz. The

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31st International Publishers Congress

The 31st International Publishers Congress will be held in London.

The 31st International Publishers Congress will be held at Olympia, West London on April 9-12 2016. This year Philip Pullman and Alaa Al Aswany will headline the Congress. The world famous authors join a line-up of influential global publishing leaders who will debate the publishing industry’s future. London will be the setting for the 31st

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Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist 2016

The Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist 2016.

The longlist for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced by Perpetual. Nine authors will compete to win this year’s prize. The Miles Franklin Literary Award is regarded as Australia’s most prestigious literary prize. The prize was established by Australian author, Miles Franklin and first awarded in 1957. It is awarded each year

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2016

The 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is a book award for female writers.

The 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced it’s longlist of twenty female writers. The Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. It is in it’s 21st year and is regarded as one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. Included in

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Longlist

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016.

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016 has recently announced this year’s longlist which includes writers from six countries and across four continents. The longlist includes Man Booker shortlisted and longlisted authors Colum McCann and Deborah Levy as well as the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize – Maggie Shipstead, the Guardian First Book

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2015 Aurealis Awards Finalists Announced

2015 Aurealis Awards finalists have been announced.

  The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF) have announced the finalists for the 2015 Aurealis Awards. Winners of the 2015 Aurealis Awards, the Sara Douglass Book Series Award, and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony, on the evening of Friday 25 March, 2016 at the Hotel Jen,

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Read Like a Writer

Quotes about authors, books and writing.

Read like a writer. Writing is a series of choices, so it’s important to approach a text as a series of choices and problem-solving solutions made by the author. Narrative design is the art of perception. By unpacking narrative design through reading, and rereading, we reveal not only an author’s way of seeing and thinking

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Kindle Instant Previews

Kindle Instant Book Previews allows customers to read previews of kindle books anywhere for free.

Amazon has launched a new widget called Kindle Instant Previews which allows authors, publishers and Amazon associates to embed samples of books onto their websites and blog pages allowing the customer to read a preview of the book anywhere for free. This simple widget allows authors and publishers to increase views of their books and

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David Bowie’s 100 Favourite Books

David Bowie's 100 favourite books.

Image from LitReactor David Bowie, who died on Sunday January 2016, will always be known for his trailblazing music and style but not many people know that he was also a literary man as well. A few years ago he compiled a list of his 100 favourite books. To his many fans and those interested in

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Book Council of Australia Scrapped

Banksy mural which says 'follow your dreams' with a canceled banner covering which is a comment of cutting arts from society.

The Federal Government has scrapped the Book Council of Australia which is an advocacy body for publishers and writers in the latest of a string of cutbacks to it’s arts budget which will result in $52.5 million being cut from arts projects as revealed in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) . News of

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Joan London Wins Best Fiction Award

Australian author, Joan London the author of award winning book The Golden Age.

Author Joan London has won ‘Best Fiction’ in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for her book The Golden Age which is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life. It is set in 1954. Thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, a refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after

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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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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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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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