Longlist Announced for Australias Miles Franklin Award

Longlist Announced for Australias Miles Franklin Award

The longlist has been revealed for the Miles Franklin Award, the most important literary prize in Australia. The Miles Franklin Award is open only to Australian authors, and it’s dedicated to honoring novels that feature Australian life. The grand prize is $60,000 Australian (about $45,000 American). The big names making the cut this year include Elizabeth Harrower, who makes the longlist for a book that came out several decades after her last one, and Omar Musa, was known primarily as a rapper until his literary debut last year. The landscape of Australian literature is really exciting right now, which is …

The Longlist for The Stella Prize for Women’s Literature Has Plenty to Offer

The Longlist for The Stella Prize for Women’s Literature Has Plenty to Offer

A father is put on trial for the murder of his children, and Biff Ward reveals a disturbing memoir of family life, while a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way. This year’s standout books written by Australian female authors will blow you away.  Some authors are new to the Australian literary scene while others are well-known to readers worldwide. Spanning science fiction, short stories, novels, memoirs, and young adult fiction, the The Stella Prize longlist has something for everyone. The shortlist will be announced on March 12, 2015 and the winner of the $50,000 prize will be selected on April 21, 2015. Add …

Australias Indie Book Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced

Australias Indie Book Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced

The first book awards of the year has announced its shortlist in each of the following categories: fiction, non-fiction, children’s & YA, and debut fiction. Australia’s independent booksellers work together to nominate the shortlist for these awards. Titles include books from already popular series like The Rosie Effect, and adorable picture books like Pig the Pug. There are also four debut authors mentioned! Their work is definitely something readers should check out. FICTION When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett Amnesia by Peter Carey Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion NON-FICTION This House of Grief by Helen …

An Interview with Author Jane Green

An Interview with Author Jane Green

Jane Green’s new novel, Saving Grace, was recently released in the US. TheReadingRoom was able to speak with the New York Times bestselling author about her new book, writing process, and inspiration. Plus, Jane picked ten of her favorite books for readers to add to their bookshelves! First, let’s learn a bit more about this new novel: Saving Grace is novel about a marriage that holds terrible secrets, and a devastating betrayal. Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State.  But what no one …

How to find great books for kids?

How to find great books for kids?

Shortlist for the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal announced. It can be really hard to find great books for kids between age of 8 and 12. There is a lot being published for this age group but how to choose something that will capture the imagination of these young readers? This year’s shortlist for one of the most prestigious children literature awards CILIP Carnegie Medal is one of the youngest shortlists in the whole history of this prize as all the books fall into 8-12 years old age group. The shortlist provides you with plenty to choose from in terms of authors (debuts …