We were delighted to share news of Erica Wagner’s award of the Dromkeen Medal for outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children’s and young adult literature. Her acceptance speech about her love of books and fascinating career in publishing was too good not to share with a broader audience, so you can enjoy it below:
Thank you so much to my colleagues, Anna McFarlane and Eva Mills, who nominated me, to the fantastic team at Allen & Unwin – whose cleverness and sense of fun I appreciate so much every day – and to every author, illustrator and colleague I’ve ever worked with – this is your medal too!… Read the rest
Charity Norman muses on Gloriavale, cult leaders and researching for her new novel See You in September.
Some time ago I spent a few days at Southern Star Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in a remote corner of Hawke’s Bay.… Read the rest
Congratulations to Marija Peričić, winner of the 2017 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award with her debut novel The Lost Pages! Marija’s goes home with the $20,000 prize of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript, with her book in shops this week.… Read the rest
We’re engaged in a multi-generational love fest with Paul Jennings at the moment and if you’re wondering why, all the reasons you need are in his latest book The Unforgettable What’s His Name (illustrated by Craig Smith).… Read the rest
Our Liz reports from the launch of Kim Kane’s When the Lyrebird Calls at Readings Books glorious new Children’s shop in Carlton, where Sofie Laguna helped send this delightful new timeslip novel into the world. … Read the rest
You’ve already read our staff raves about The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, with the booksellers and critics similarly smitten, and now with Dominic Smith coming to Australia you can hear him discuss his fascinating novel in apt settings like The Art Gallery of NSW (where some of the book is set), as well as The National Gallery of Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery – check out the full tour dates here.… Read the rest