Category Archives: Fiction – Australian Literature

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10 days to go until #readinghour

There are only 10 days to go until the Reading Hour takes place across Australia on 18th August 6pm-7pm.

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New Book: Surveillance

coverAllen & Unwin have published a new book called ‘Surveillance’.  Written by Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane, this thriller is about security in the digital age, and how far governments may go to conceal the truth.

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2015 Miles Franklin Award Winner Announced

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The winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award is Sofia Laguna’s The Eye of the Sheep.

Originally trained to be a lawyer, Laguna continues to have a successful writing career for both adults and children books.

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And the winner of the Miles Franklin Award is….

Novel pic Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing.

The Miles Franklin Award is presented each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The Miles Franklin was first awarded in 1957. Since then, the annual announcement of the winner has become an event anticipated and discussed throughout Australia and around the world.

Read more about the 2014 winner

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National Simultaneous Storytime is tomorrow!

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The Reading Hour is tonight!

The Reading Hour has come upon us!  Read from 5pm-6pm tonight, and kick start a daily habit of reading just 10 minutes a day.

But don’t just leave it till then.  There are events happening all day at most libraries and bookshops to celebrate the joy of reading.  Book signings, children storytime and much more…

Find out more at http://www.love2read.org.au

The Reading Hour

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The Reading Hour this Saturday!

The Reading Hour will be held nationally 5pm-6pm this Saturday!

What is The Reading Hour?

The Reading Hour is a national event to encourage everyone to read for at least 10 minutes each day.  The program is aimed especially at parents to read with their children.

When did The Reading Hour start?

The Reading Hour was first held during Australia’s National Year of Reading 2012.  The continuation of the Love2Read brand in 2013 has seen The Reading Hour continue into 2013.

Find out more: http://www.thereadinghour.org.au/

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It’s Book Week! Time to read across the universe…

Book Week starts today, a whole week of wacky fun to celebrate children’s books.  If you’re as excited as I am, read on…

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National Simultaneous Storytime 11am AEDT TODAY!

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eReading in a walled garden

Are e-books entering a new phase of the digital revolution?

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The first generation Kobo eReader (Source: Kobo)

3 years since eBooks hit the market by storm, the eBook revolution is now entering a new phase.   Phase 1 can be summed up with two words: ‘market capitalisation’, with Kobo, Amazon, Sony and the ‘Nook’ (Barnes & Noble’s exclusive eReader) emerging as the top four bestselling eReaders around the world.  Australia’s uptake has been slower, in part due to the closure of Borders bookstores in 2011, which ended for several months distribution of the entry-level Kobo eReader.  Competitors such as Dymocks did not, at the time, have any entry-level eReaders – their offers were in the ~A$3oo range.

But now that the eReader fight has subsided, with eReaders being sold widely, not just in bookstores, the fight has turned to content licensing.  And the field isn’t a pretty one.

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