Farewell: P D James

PD_James_CologneBritish crime fiction author P D James has died, aged 94, in her Oxford home.

If you love reading crime fiction then you would’ve known P D James. She was the author who created the famous detective and a poet Adam Dalgliesh in her series crime fiction titles, which made into file and TV series as well. Continue reading

KOALAs 2014 Winners

The winners of the 2014 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced.

The KOALAs are NSW’s annual children’s choice awards. The winners of this year’s awards were selected from the Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards shortlist, which also acts as a shortlist for the children’s choice awards in the Australian Capital Territory (COOL Awards), Victoria (YABBAs) and the Northern Territory (KROC Awards). Continue reading

2014 Costa Book Awards Shortlists

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year, announced at an awards ceremony in London every January. Continue reading

Human Rights Nonfiction Literature Award 2014 Shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Human Rights Nonfiction Literature Award has been announced by the Australian Human Rights Commission as part of the Human Rights Awards.

The shortlisted titles are:

The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania by Nicholas Clements (UQP)

Poetic Justice: Contemporary Australian Voices on Equality and Human Rights (Right Now)

Is There No Place for Me? Making Sense of Madness by Kate Richards (Penguin)

Missing Christopher: A Mother’s Story of Tragedy, Grief and Love by Jayne Newling (A&U).


Walkley Book Award Longlist 2014

The Walkley Book Award celebrates the value and importance of long form journalism, acknowledging the proud line-up of Australian writers who have taken subjects of enduring topicality and consequence from news bulletins, eye-witness reporting, investigations and historical records and provided readers with expanded factual detail, revelation and greater clarity of analysis in book form. (cited from http://walkleys.com/awards/walkleys/walkley-book-award-2/)

This year the longlist for this category is here and you can borrow or reserve any of those titles by going through Parramatta City Library’s online catalogue.