Classes might be homeward bound, and book launches may be cancelled, but booksellers, publishers and writers will keep on keeping on. Here are seven happenings, or potential happenings, coming to a virtual world near you. If you know of any others you’d like us to share – please keep us informed!
The Lost Stone of SkyCity has been shortlisted in the 2019 Aurealis Awards for speculative fiction. The awards, which accept novels, novellas, anthologies, graphic novels and short stories, are given for works of outstanding literary merit and originality that make a significant contribution to the genre of speculative fiction.
Norman Jorgensen and Andy Griffiths have taken their places alongside Roald Dahl, Brian Jacques, Victor Kelleher, Paul Jennings, Duncan Ball and John Marsden in the West Australian Young Readers Book Awards (WAYRBA) Hall of Fame. Now in its fortieth year, the WAYRBA Hall of Fame is reserved for those authors who have won the award four times or more.
In this all-ages episode we're chatting to Maddie in the Middle author Julia Lawrinson about the complexities of female friendships. We ask her whether it's ever okay to do the wrong thing for the right reason and we listen as Julia (who holds a PhD) completely bombs out in her pop quiz (#EpicFail) before she redeems herself with a brilliant reading from Maddie in the Middle.
A peripatetic childhood gave What Colour is the Sea? illustrator and author Katie Stewart the chance to see the world from many perspectives. Katie’s new book, her first with a traditional publisher, is about a koala who asks her Aussie animal mates what the true colour of the sea is. The answers vary, so when koala ambles down to the seaside to see for herself, she discovers her friends are both wrong and right in their perceptions.
We’re excited to share the stellar line-up of Fremantle Press children’s authors attending the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s A Night with Our Stars event on Friday 13 March. Two hundred guests will have the good fortune to meet Fiona Burrows, Kelly Canby, James Foley, Julia Lawrinson, Holden Sheppard, Katie Stewart and HM Waugh at this annual highlight of the event calendar.