Congratulations Maxine Beneba Clarke (‘Foreign Soil,’ Hachette), Omar Musa (‘Here Come the Dogs,’ Hamish Hamilton), and Alice Pung (‘Laurinda,’ Black Inc.)! One of the judges, Linda Morris, described the writers as ‘outsiders writing about what it is to be outsiders. Their stories are peopled by loners, the disenfranchised, the broken and the criminal. Barely a peep of white […]
Congratulations to the designers of these beautiful books: Jon Foye, ‘Mike I Don’t Like‘ (ABC Books/ HarperCollins); Bruno Herfst & Marc Martin, ‘Max‘ (Viking); Laura Thomas, ‘What Came Before‘ (Viking). http://abda.com.au/
‘The 52-Storey Treehouse‘ by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton won Book of the Year and the award for Younger Children while ‘Foreign Soil‘ by Maxine Beneba Clarke won Literary Fiction Book of the Year. Congratulations all! abiawards.com.au/current-winners/
The Cracks in the Kingdom, published by Pan Macmillan, won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature. The awards were announced at the NSW State Library on May 18. ‘Time slides around the world so strangely…’ It’s not easy being Princess Ko.
Andy and Terry’s incredible, ever-expanding treehouse includes a life-size snakes and ladders game (with real ladders and real snakes), a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency, which is lucky because they have a BIG mystery to solve – where is Mr Big Nose??? The award was announced at the […]
Nominated by public libraries around the world, the IMPAC Award 2015 shortlist includes writers from Africa, America, Australia, Brazil, France, Ireland and the UK. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, said that “while many of the stories reflect contemporary themes, they bring us characters facing timeless challenges of love and loss, of innocence and isolation.” We’re looking […]
We’re thrilled that The Strays has won the third Stella Prize. Emily said she was “particularly honoured to have won a prize that has grown from a motive so dear to my own heart: the desire to redress gender inequality in the literary world.” One of the prize’s judges, Kerryn Goldsworthy, said that “The Strays is like […]
‘In Melbourne’s western suburbs, in a dilapidated block of flats overhanging the rattling Footscray train lines, a young black mother is working on a collection of stories.’ We’re very excited that Maxine’s Foreign Soil, a collection of short stories that gives voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden, and the mistreated, has won the Indie Book of the Year […]