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Australian Reading Hour

GET INVOLVED Australian Reading Hour has a short and sweet message: read, share, and enjoy books! #AustralianReadingHour #ARH23 #ReadShareEnjoy We’re asking all Australians across the nation to spend an hour on the day reading and sharing the stories they love with others. It’s a whole day, where the whole country talks about books together. Choose

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Author Events

For those readers who enjoy meeting and listening to authors of the book they read, here are two new events coming up. Dinuka McKenzie – author of Taken Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer and book addict. Her debut crime fiction novel, The Torrent, won the HarperCollins Australia 2020 Banjo Prize and was published in February

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Shortlists for Indie Book Awards 2023

Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards celebrate the best Australian writing; and who better to nominate and judge the best-of-the-best than indie booksellers! What makes indie booksellers uniquely placed to judge and recommend the best Aussie books of the past year, is their incredible passion and knowledge, their contribution to the cultural diversity of

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An Interview with Jack Heath – author of Headcase

An Interview with Jack Heath.  QRC: My previous Q&A with you was not long after the publication of Kill Your Brother.  I asked you then about Timothy Blake, the protagonist of the Hangman series, and you said his next book may be the final one.  Now that Headcase is out, have we really seen the

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Longlist for the 2023 Indie Book Awards

Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards celebrate the best Australian writing; and who better to nominate and judge the best-of-the-best than indie booksellers! What makes indie booksellers uniquely placed to judge and recommend the best Aussie books of the past year, is their incredible passion and knowledge, their contribution to the cultural diversity of

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Dymocks Book of the Year 2022

Dymocks Book of the Year 2022 London-based American writer Bonnie Garmus’s Lessons in Chemistry (Doubleday) has been named Dymocks Book of the Year for 2022. Set in the early 1960s, Garmus’s debut novel follows chemist Elizabeth Zott, who works with an all-male team at Hastings Research Institute who all have a very unscientific view of equality. Except

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Australian Political Book of the Year – 2022

  Dean Ashenden has won the inaugural $10,000 Australian Political Book of the Year Award for Telling Tennant’s Story: The strange career of the great Australian Silence, published by Black Inc. Ashenden’s book was chosen by judges Laurie Oakes, Laura Tingle and John Warhurst from a shortlist of four announced in October, which also included Bob Hawke: Demons and

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An Interview with Chris Hammer – author of The Tilt

QRC was fortunate to be able to interview Chris Hammer about his new book The Tilt which features Aaron Falk.  Please see the interview below. There is a strong sense of family in the novel whether we are looking at Nell’s relationship with her parents, or the Buchanan family, or James Waters and his family. Is the

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2022

The shortlists for the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted works in each category, chosen from 545 entries, are: Fiction Dark as Last Night (Tony Birch, UQP) The Hands of Pianists (Stephen Downes, Fomite) Devotion (Hanna Kent, Picador) Night Blue (Angela O’Keeffe, Transit Lounge) Red Heaven (Nicolas Rothwell, Text). ‘Being recognised through these prestigious awards

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Voss Literary Prize 2022

The shortlist for the Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The shortlisted works, chosen from a longlist of 10, are: The Other Half of You (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette) * After Story (Larissa Behrendt, UQP) Scary Monsters (Michelle De Kretser, A&U) Bodies of Light (Jennifer Down, Text) From Where I Fell (Susan Johnson, A&U) One Hundred Days (Alice Pung, Black Inc.).

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Queensland Literary Awards 2022

The winners of the 2022 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance ($25,000) Wounded Country (Quentin Beresford, NewSouth)  Fiction Book Award ($15,000) The Other Half of You (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette)  Nonfiction Book Award ($15,000) Lies, Damned Lies (Claire G Coleman, Ultimo). The winners,

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Booker Prize 2022 – Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2022 Booker Prize has been announced. The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$85,510) prize are: Glory (NoViolet Bulawayo, Viking) The Trees (Percival Everett, Influx) Treacle Walker (Alan Garner, Fourth Estate) The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida (Shehan Karunatilaka, Sort of Books) Small Things Like These (Claire Keegan, Faber) Oh William! (Elizabeth Strout, Viking). The shortlisted titles

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An Interview with the author of The Liars – Petronella McGovern

Photo by Giles Park 3 An Interview with Petronella McGovern The Liars is a very contemporary novel dealing as it does with social issues such as toxic masculinity, teenage activism, and the whitewashing of Australia’s early history with Indigenous peoples. Was the subject matter of your novel a deliberate choice in order to highlight these

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The Ned Kelly Awards 2022

The Australian Crime Writers Association received 135 entries for the 2022 Ned Kelly Awards, in another strong year of crime writing. The entries were narrowed to a shortlist of 19 books, across the four award categories: Best Crime Fiction, Best True Crime, Best Debut Crime Fiction, and Best International Crime Fiction published in Australia. Two

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An Interview with Richard McHugh – author of The Cutting

An Interview with Richard McHugh – author of The Cutting Richard McHugh lives near the ocean in Sydney with his partner and their children. He argues cases, makes photographs and writes. He published his first novel, Charlie Anderson’s General Theory of Lying, in 2015. The Cutting is his second novel.  Richard McHugh calls his book The Cutting. The

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