2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award Shortlist

Information from http://asiasociety.org/about/awards/bernard-schwartz-book-award, Five books recognized for their outstanding contributions to the understanding of Asia have been chosen as finalists for the 2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award. The finalists were selected from over 100 nominations submitted by U.S. and Asia-based publishers for books published in 2012. The books are: Continue reading

John Button Prize Shortlist 2013

Well, it is the election time, so you might be interested in reading books that are shortlisted for this prize – John Button Prize for writing on Australian politics and policy. The shortlist includes 3 titles and they are: 


Reluctant rescuers:

Friday Brown – a Book Review


Title: Friday Brown

Author: Vikki Wakefield (CBCA shortlist for 2013)

Michael’s pick

Two matters determine whether an account of young adulthood is interesting. Firstly, the management of expectations. A problem for YA, understood as genre, is that the narrative of self-discovery is fixed at either end. (How many examples could be unearthed where the protagonist ends up none the wiser for their choices.) Authors feel compelled to seed their tales with instructive force, then disguise the medicine with strong flavours. It sometimes descends to a display of street cred, copiously researched. Or too busily studded with eccentricities of character and event. Continue reading

Barry Maitland and his Raven’s eye

raven's eyeCrime fiction fans, this month is your month, because we’re going to indroduce you a crime writer, an Aussie, Barry Maitland. The author is coming to Parramatta Library on 27 August,  and he will talk about his latest title Raven’s eye, from 1 to 2pm. Continue reading