Walkley Book Award 2017 Longlist

The Walkley Book Award recognises excellence in Australian nonfiction literature and long-form journalism.

This year marks the 62nd annual Walkley Awards. While you can argue about the meaning journalism in a social media and high tech age, there are still some serious journalism there to report and write for the truth after long exhausting investigation and research.

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2017 Most Underrated Book Award Shortlist

Every year, hundreds and thousands of books are published, and some are awarded. However it’s certain some fantastic books are missed out from any of famous or not too famous awards. Why we read is a very complicated and very individual. Therefore, we need diversity and dare to experience new genres and areas.

‘Celebrates hidden gems—engaging and creative books across all genres that deserve to reach a wider audience’, The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award. Continue reading

2017 Man Booker Prize Goes to Saunders

From the shortlist of six, US writier George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo.

The book was described by the judging panel as ‘utterly original’ with a ‘witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative’. The novel ‘focuses on a single night in the life of Abraham Lincoln: an actual moment in 1862 when the body of his 11-year-old son was laid to rest in a Washington cemetery’.

City of Parramatta Library has copies available for loan.

Kazuo Ishiguro – The Nobel in Literature 2017

We haven’t posted this until now. It’s not that we didn’t notice it. Actually I saw the news in the first instance. I’m not surprised, although this prize, always evokes a lot of discussion.

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favourites. Born in Japan, he moved to UK when he was five, Ishiguro’s writing has some very English subtlety and excellency. He writes in various areas and you just can’t categorise him into any genre. If his very famous work ‘The remains of the day’, the Man Booker winning title, expressed the regret and compassion for past human conditions, then his ‘Never let me go’ explores the possibility of lost humanity in the future.


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