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Davies wins Frank O’Connor Short Story Award

9 July 2015

Welsh author Carys Davies has won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award—the world’s richest prize for a short-story collection, reports the Guardian. Davies won the €25,000 (A$37,312) prize for...

NT Literary Awards 2015 finalists announced

9 July 2015

The Northern Territory Library has announced the finalists for the Northern Territory (NT) Literary Awards.The 2015 finalists are:Short stories ‘Stranger in Paradise’ (Barbara Eather) ‘It’s a Privilege to Live in...

Malala Yousafzai launches #BooksNotBullets campaign

9 July 2015

Nobel laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai, author of I Am Malala (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), has launched the #BooksNotBullets campaign on social media to pressure world leaders to invest in education...

International library news

8 July 2015

American Library Association releases national policy agendaThe American Library Association (ALA) has released a national policy agenda for libraries to help library advocates ‘engage actively in policy conversations with a...

Behind the clichés: Honey Brown on ‘Six Degrees’

8 July 2015

Honey Brown’s short-story collection Six Degrees (Ventura Press, August) explores romance and sex in rural Australia, and is a departure from the author’s previous books in terms of genre and length....

Quote of the week

8 July 2015

‘We couldn’t believe the overwhelming feedback we had from Perth readers when we were closing. Even with the doors shut last week, the amount of people trying to get in...

Ngaio Marsh Award 2015 shortlist announced

8 July 2015

Five books have been shortlisted for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel by a New Zealand writer. The shortlisted titles are: Five Minutes Alone (Paul Cleave, Penguin...

New Zealand Book Awards announces prize changes

7 July 2015

The New Zealand Book Awards will return in 2016 with a new structure, judging process and an annual NZ$50,000 (A$44,595) prize for fiction, with the winners to be announced at...

National Biography Award 2015 shortlist announced

6 July 2015

The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the 2015 National Biography Award for biographical writing and memoir.The shortlisted titles are: An Unsentimental Bloke: The Life and Work of...

RiP Michael Zifcak

3 July 2015

Michael Zifcak, former chairman of Collins Booksellers and Hill of Content Publishing, has died, aged 96.Zifcak was the chairman of Collins Booksellers and its publishing division Hill of Content, which he...

Scribd makes dramatic cuts to romance list

2 July 2015

Scribd is dramatically reducing the number of romance and erotica titles offered through its subscription service in a move that is believed to prevent romance readers from cannibalising profits, reports...

Fuller wins Desmond Elliott Prize

2 July 2015

In the UK, Claire Fuller’s Our Endless Numbered Days (Penguin) has won the £10,000 (A$20,438) Desmond Elliott Prize for new fiction. Fuller’s debut novel was chosen from a shortlist that...

Robotham shortlisted for CWA Gold Dagger

2 July 2015

Life or Death by Australian author Michael Robotham (Sphere) has been shortlisted for the 2015 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger award for best crime novel in the UK.Life or...

Neurosurgery memoir wins PEN/Ackerley Prize

1 July 2015

The £3000 (A$6115) PEN/Ackerley Prize for a work of memoir or autobiography has been awarded to neurosurgeon Henry Marsh for his memoir Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and...