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Stella Prize 2014 Shortlist

Stella Prize shortlist author Clare Wright finds therapy in 'retail sabotage' in the Sydney Morning Herald

March 21, 2014

Clare Wright’s The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka published by Text Publishing is on the 2014 Stella Prize Shortlist

The full list includes:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Night Games by Anna Krien
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright

“As historian Clare Wright tours the country to promote her book about the women of the Eureka Stockade, she often notices “the dick table” – a display at the front of a bookshop of books by and about men, including some about Eureka.

She has been known to move her book from the Australian history shelves to sit with them. “Retail sabotage,” she calls it. “How are you going to know what these books left out unless you’re offered the alternative?”

Wright’s book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, is one of six shortlisted for the Stella Prize for “excellent, original and engaging” books by Australian women, launched last year by a high-powered group of women to rectify a creeping male dominance of awards, media and cultural attitudes.”

Read the full article by Susan Wyndham through the link below:

Stella Prize shortlist author Clare Wright finds therapy in ‘retail sabotage’

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Jacinta di Mase Management books featured in the 2014 Bologna Children's Book Fair

March 19, 2014

JDM is proud to have three titles in the 2014 “Hello! from Australia” rights exhibition going to Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year.

These include: “I Was Only Nineteen” by John Schumann and Craig Smith; “Night Watch” by Phil Cummings and Janine Dawson; and the “Saurus Street series” by Nick Falk and Tony Flowers. Congratulations!

The exhibition is the initiative of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Books Illustrated’s with the aim to support publishers in the promotion and sale of rights of Australian children’s books facilitate contact between Australian publishers and international agents & promoters. Supported by Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

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'Imagine a City' by Elise Hurst - Trailer

March 19, 2014

Coming soon!

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Jacinta di Mase Management Rights Guide 2014: Adelaide Festival

March 19, 2014

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'What the Raven Saw' shortlisted for Adelaide Festival Awards 2014

December 13, 2013

The shortlist for the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature has been announced, as writers across the country vie to share in the $167,500 prize pool and the prestige attached to this celebration of Australian literature.

Congratulations to Samantha Ellen-Bound (author) and Tony Flowers (illustrator) as ‘What the Raven Saw’ has been shortlisted in the Children’s Literature Category.

“The Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature are highly regarded by writers and publishers around the country, attracting quality nominations in all the categories,” said Premier Jay Weatherill.

Winners will be announced Saturday 1 March 2014 in a presentation at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden during Adelaide Writers’ Week, held as part of the Adelaide Festival.

“Overall, there were 639 nominations for the 2014 awards, with the lion’s share in the categories for always popular genres of children’s literature and young adult fiction,” said Mr Weatherill.

The shortlist for 2014 follows, (listed in alphabetical order by author).

Children’s Literature $15,000:

What the Raven Saw by Samantha-Ellen Bound (Woolshed Press)
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon (Penguin Group Australia)
Pookie Aleera is not my Boyfriend by Steven Herrick (University of Queensland Press)
A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks (Allen & Unwin)
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)
Lightning Jack by Glenda Millard (Scholastic)

View the full List for the Adelaide Festival Awards Shortlist 2014

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'Tsunami and the Single Girl' is one of 3 of The Big Book Club picks for December

December 13, 2013

“Krissy Nicholson’s tale of ‘one woman’s journey to become an aid worker and find love’ is brutally honest and revealing. She pulls no punches as she explores both the addiction of aid work and her quest to find ‘Mr Right’. Her relentless commitment to the career of her choice and the realities it presents make for some entertaining reading with relief work interwoven with passionate adventures.”

Read the full review here – The Big Book Club

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Blog Tour - 'Anais Butt and the Hairy Handed Gent' by Kate Welshman

December 13, 2013

Follow Kate Welshman’s blog tour for her new release ‘Anais Butt and the Hairy Handed Gent’ at these online venues:

20th Nov – Got To Read Those Books Review

21st Nov – A. B. Shepherd Review

21st Nov – A. B. Shepherd Blog Guest Post and Giveaway

22nd Nov – Isa Lavinia Blog Review

25th Nov – The Examiner Review

27th Nov – Cafe Art Space Review

29th Nov – The Writers Coffee Shop Review

1st Dec – LCL Teens Review

5th Dec- Insatiable Readers Review

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Through My Eyes: Schools' Program with Booked Out

December 13, 2013

Booked Out is offering a unique program of school and library bookings with the authors and editor of the Through My Eyes series. The new series invites young readers to enter the fragile worlds of children living in contemporary war zones, and is a tribute to their courage, determination, and perseverance. Ask us about having a specific author in to discuss the themes and background of their book, or lodge a general enquiry about a Through My Eyes themed session.

Visit the Booked Out website on the link below to view this fantastic promotional page.

Rosanne, what inspired you to write Shahana?

For ten years I worked as an aid worker in the Middle East and most of that time was spent in Northern Pakistan. We lived in Abbottabad close to Azad Kashmir, but we were not allowed to cross the border. The war over Kashmir is the longest-running conflict in the world today, and possibly the least understood – and there are many different points of view.

It wasn’t until 2006 when the border opened for aid workers helping with the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake, that I was able to visit Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir. There was a huge amount of damage, but I could see it had once been a beautiful place. Little is written in papers about how the Kashmiri conflict affects children, but many sources suggest there are over 200,000 orphans in Kashmir. I wanted to tell these children’s stories, albeit fictitiously, so other young people in peaceful countries like Australia can understand and care. Maybe knowing these stories can help.

Lyn, what inspired you to commission Through My Eyes?

As a teacher-librarian I was frequently asked by students for fiction stories of children in other cultures that had a strong link to reality. As an English as a Second Language teacher I had the privilege of listening to the incredible experiences of refugee and newly arrived children who had been displaced and traumatised by conflict. I began to realise the potential of combining these two experiences – a fiction series of engaging stories of true events in troubled lands with insight into culture, conflict and identity through one child’s eyes.

Australia is home to many refugees and displaced people and we were mindful of the need to show due respect to their cultures and experiences. The integrity of our authors and their exhaustive research has been invaluable in meeting this challenge. This series aims to pay tribute to children whose worlds have been changed forever. I believe we have achieved this aim as each author has created a story that is primarily about the culture and identity of their character, and while there are certainly bleak moments in each story, the overriding sense is one of hope and triumph over adversity.

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Anais Butt by Kate Welshman

Publisher who ''discovered'' FiftyShadesofGrey finds e-book success with 'Anais Butt' by Kate Welshman @Smh

December 06, 2013

Linda Morris in the Sydney Morning Herald writes:

“Kate Welshman has been in something of a panic since her oddly named young-adult fiction book began climbing the Amazon e-book bestseller charts.
Anais Butt and the hairy handed gent has become a word-of-blog early success, borne aloft by subscribers loyal to The Writer’s Coffee Shop, the unknown of Australian publishing until its founder, Amanda Hayward, ‘‘discovered’‘ the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

‘‘My parents are in the States and I thought at one stage, ‘Maybe it’s them buying the books,’ and I called my sister and she said, ‘They don’t even know you have a book out,’‘’ Welshman says. ‘‘Maybe I do have a benefactor.’‘

Twelve days after its November 21 release, Welshman’s e-book topped Amazon’s new Kindle releases in young-adult fiction and children’s e-book fiction.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/successor-to-fifty-shades-of-grey-a-monster-hit-20131203-2yol7.html#ixzz2mfeLb0K6

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The NSW Writers' Centre

Kids & YA Festival to be directed by acclaimed children’s author Aleesah Darlison

December 06, 2013

Kids & YA Festival 2014 Call For Submissions The NSW Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce our Kids & YA Festival on 28 June 2014, directed by acclaimed children’s author Aleesah Darlison.

In a Kids & YA Festival first, Aleesah will be calling for submissions to ensure the Festival will cover the emerging trends and diversity of voices in the field.

“I’m very excited,” Darlison said. “I’m looking forward to putting together an enticing program that will bring many talented authors, illustrators and writing industry professionals together.”

Submissions may come from authors, illustrators, e-­‐book and traditional trade publishers, agents and any other interested parties.

Involvement may take the form of panel speakers, chair responsibilities, book launch opportunities, mentoring or manuscript feedback sessions.

To register your interest, please send your name, address, telephone and website details to kidsyafestival@gmail.com.

Submissions must be a single A4 page or less, and include details of your publication experience, any upcoming releases around the time of the festival and suggested panel topics or specific areas of expertise.

Submissions open Monday 2 December and close Friday 31 January. The Festival program will be released in May 2014.

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