Man Booker Prize Longlist 2013

Man Booker Prize Longlist for this year has come up and it is made up by 13 titles.

Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw (Fourth Estate)

We Need New Names by No Violet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta)

Harvest by Jim Crace (Picador)

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris (Sandstone Press)

The Kills by Richard House (Picador)

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)

Unexploded by Alison MacLeod ( Hamish Hamilton)

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann (Bloomsbury)

Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson (Mantle)

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (Viking)

The 13th Davitt Awards Longlist

61 books by Australian women are competing for the Davitt Awards presented by Sisters in Crime Australia. The Awards set up 22 years ago, were created by Sisters in Crime Australia – an organisation that aims to bring Australian women together who write crime and mystery. Categories this year include Best Novel (Adult); Best Novel (Children’s and Young Adult); Best True Crime Book; Best Debut Book (any category) and Readers’ Choice (as voted by the 600 members of Sisters in Crime Australia). This year, the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award will also be awarded.

You can check Parramatta City Library online catalogue to see the availability of the titles. Continue reading

The CWA Gold Dagger Award Longlist 2013

From The Crime Writers Assosication UK, a list of eight titles have been listed for this year’s Gold Dagger Award. Australian author Michael Robotham has his ‘Say you’re sorry’ listed and we wish him good luck.

The International Dagger is shared between two French authors Fred Vargas and Pierre Lemaitre; and Andrew Taylor has won an unprecedented third CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger with The Scent of Death.

Parramatta City Library has some copies available for loan. You can click the links to be directed to our library online catalogue or the authors/titles: Continue reading

Mad About Reading!

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Do you want …..    

To start a Book Club? 

Library support for your Book Club?

To join a Book Club?


Join us in a free workshop designed to show you tips and tricks for running a fun and successful Book Club.


Learn how to start your own group, how the Library offers Book Club kits to borrow and ways to get the word out there about your Book Club.  


Meet other book lovers and potentially find new members for your existing group.



Monday 22 July – 6.30—7.30 pm


Saturday 17 August
2.30—3.30 pm


Bookings required, please call Parramatta Library on 9806 5159.


Ned Kelly Awards Longlist and Shortlist 2013

Are you a fan of crime reads, fictional or other wise? Well, the following titles longlisted (and shortlisted) on this year’s Ned Kelly Awards are the best productions by Australian crime writers. You can click the links to see availability at Parramatta City Library.

Sitting under the sun now, but feel the chill. Continue reading