Have you ever wondered what the most popular books are in Australian Libraries? The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) & Civica Libraries Index publish an annual list of the most borrowed books from the previous 12 months.
We certainly like our crime and thriller novels. They make up the top 10 spots in the 2017 list, and account for 15 of the top 20 books borrowed. At number one is Make Me by Lee Child, followed by The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Personal, also by Lee Child.
Non-fiction honours went to Reckoning by Magda Szubanski, then The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson.
Find the full list on the ALIA website.
The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards began in 2008 and aim to recognise individual excellence and the contribution Australian authors make to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life. The panel of judges make recommendations to the Prime Minister for the shortlists and winners across each of the six categories but it is the Prime Minister who makes the final decision (and in 2014 Tony Abbott famously overruled the judges and made his own choice, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan).
The winner of each category — Fiction, Non-fiction, Australian History, Poetry, Young Adult Fiction and Children’s Fiction — is awarded $80,000, with shortlisted entries each awarded $5,000.
The twelve judges over three judging panels for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards include:
- Fiction and Poetry panel – Louise Adler AM (Chair), Jamie Grant, Dr Robert Gray and Des Cowley
- Non-fiction and History panel – Gerard Henderson (Chair), Dr Ida Lichter, Peter Coleman and Professor Ross Fitzgerald
- Children’s and Young Adult fiction panel – Mike Shuttleworth (Chair), Dr Irini Savvides, Ms Kate Colley and Dr Mark MacLeod
And the shortlisted titles for the The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016 are:
- Forever Young by Steven Carroll
- The Life of Houses by Lisa Gorton
- The World Repair Video Game by David Ireland
- Quicksand by Steve Toltz
- The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
- Net Needle by Robert Adamson
- Cocky’s Joy by Michael Farrell
- The Hazards by Sarah Holland-Batt
- Waiting for the Past by Les Murray
- The Ladder by Simon West
- Tom Roberts and the Art of Portraiture by Julie Cotter
- On Stalin’s Team: the Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics by Sheila Fitzpatrick
- Thea Astley: Inventing her own Weather by Karen Lamb
- Second Half First by Drusilla Modjeska
- Island Home by Tim Winton
- The Story of Australia’s People. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia by Geoffrey Blainey
- Let My People Go: the Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959–89 by Sam Lipski and Suzanne D Rutland
- Red Professor: the Cold War Life of Fred Rose by Peter Monteath and Valerie Munt
- Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life by Doug Morrissey
- The War with Germany: Volume III—The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War by Robert Stevenson
Young Adult fiction
- Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
- Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield
- Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson
- Adelaide’s Secret World by Elise Hurst
- Sister Heart by Sally Morgan
- Perfect by Danny Parker and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
- The Greatest Gatsby : A Visual Book of Grammar by Tohby Riddle
- Mr Huff by Anna Walker
Here’s an event just for the kids!
Solve the clues by finding Blue’s dragon eggs and you could win a book prize pack!
Meet local authors and illustrators including Emily Rodda, James Roy, Steven Herrick, Stephen Measday, Susan Boyer, Dawn Meredith, Margaret Hamilton, Michel Streich & Narelda Joy.
Get your favourite books signed, see illustrator demonstrations, listen to the authors read their stories or enter our Little Free Libraries design competition and see the launch of a brand new book, ‘Friend in a Shell’, by Dawn Meredith.
When: Saturday 21 November 2015, 1pm to 3pm
Where: Katoomba Library
Details: Register for the event on the day from 1pm, recommended quest age 8 to 12 years.
Presented by the Blue Mountains Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and hosted by Katoomba Library.
The shortlist for the 2014 Australian Crime Writers Association Ned Kelly Awards was announced at the Bendigo Writers Festival last weekend. The ACWA award prizes for crime fiction and true crime writing with four categories : Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, True Crime and the Sandra Harvey Short Story Award.
The winners of the 2014 awards will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on Saturday September 6.
Chair of the ACWA, Michael Robotham, said of the 2014 shortlist, “I can’t remember a time when the competition was so fierce and the quality so high. Nordic crime has been huge around the world since the Stieg Larsson trilogy but I think Australia can become the next great hotbed of crime writing.”
Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher
Beams Falling by PM Newton (2nd in the Detective Nhu ‘Ned’ Kelly series)
One Boy Missing by Stephen Orr
The Dying Beach by Angela Savage
2014 BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL
Dead Cat Bounce by Peter Cotton
Hades by Candice Fox
Blood Witness by Alex Hammond
Every Breath by Ellie Marney
2014 BEST TRUE CRIME
Forever Nine by John Kidman & Denise Hofman
No Mercy: True Stories of Disaster, Survival and Brutality by Eleanor Learmonth & Jenny Tabakoff
JFK: The Smoking Gun by Colin McLaren
Outlaw Bikers in Australia by Duncan McNab
Murder in Mississippi by John Safran
2014 SANDRA HARVEY SHORT STORY AWARD
Housewarming by Louise Bassett
The Scars of Noir by Darcy-Lee Tindale
Voices of SOI 22 by Roger Vickery
Splinter and Web Design both by Emma Vickic
The full list of shortlisted nominees is now published at: http://www.austcrimewriters.com/content/2014-ned-kelly-awards
Only in its second year, The Stella Prize is a major literary award, named after Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin and is awarded to celebrate Australian women’s writing. (It is not to be confused with the Miles Franklin Literary Award for Australian fiction which is open to men also).
Unusually for a literary prize, both non-fiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.
The Stella Prize 2014 longlist has recently been announced and includes:
Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide (Fiction)
Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and my family by Gabrielle Carey (Non-fiction)
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Fiction)
Night Games by Anna Krien (Non-fiction)
Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko (Fiction)
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Fiction)
Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson (Non-fiction)
The Misogyny Factor by Anne Summers (Non-fiction)
Madeleine : a life of Madeleine St John by Helen Trinca
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright (Fiction)
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright (Non-fiction)
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (Fiction)
You can read the full judges’ report and much, much more on the Stella Prize website. The shortlist will be announced by Thursday 20 March.
Stella Prize Shadow Reading Group
Could your book club read six books in six weeks? The Stella Prize organisers are looking for book clubs to read alongside the Stella Prize judges and select their own winner from the judges’ shortlist of 4 to 6 books. If you are interested, contact the Stella Prize Manager, Megan Quinlan, to register your club’s interest: firstname.lastname@example.org That could be fun!
Join us this Saturday, 7 December 2013, at Katoomba Library for local author Carol Jocic’s Book Launch. Coral is launching her adult fiction story, A Journey Into Womanhood. Set in Australia in the 1950s, this is the story of one girl’s eye-opening journey to maturity. With both funny and sad moments, this book is often moving.
Coral will have copies of her book available for purchase, and afternoon tea will be provided.
Bookings appreciated on 4780 5750.