07 November 2012

Very good news. We have it.

Yes. We have it. We have it in truckloads.

1) In local awards news: The NSW Premier's Literary Awards & NSW Premier's History Awards  Shortlists have been announced. And look. LOOK!

The Patricia Wrightson Prize
Kate Constable, Crow Country 

The Ethel Turner Prize
Ursula Dubosarsky, The Golden Day 
Scot Gardner, The Dead I Know 
Penni Russon, Only Ever Always 

HISTORY AWARDS  Young People's History Prize 
Anh Do and Suzanne Do, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, The Little Refugee 
Nadia Wheatley, illustrated by Ken Searle, Playground

Very good news indeed. Many HURRAHS to Kate, Bill, Ursula, Scot, Penni, Anh, Suzanne, Bruce, Nadia & Ken. Many, many HURRAHS!

And congratulations to everyone on the shortlists.

2) And in UK awards news: The longlist for the CLIP Carnegie Medal has been announced. And look. LOOK!

Such good news. So many HOORAYS for Margo!

3) But wait, there's more. In news from the USA. Libba Bray & Margo Lanagan both have books on the Publishers Weekly Best Books for 2012 list. LOOOOOOOK!
Lanagan brings dark, wonderful depth to the legend of the selkies, creatures whose limitations pale beside the weaknesses of men. While other writers revel in the novelty of supernatural romance, Lanagan exposes the true costs of such arrangements - financial, emotional, and otherwise - in stories that span generations.

The Diviners (aka The Diviners) by Libba Bray
It's generally impossible to know what Bray has up her sleeve - few writers are as daring and varied in their output. One thing's for sure, though: it's always a blast. That definitely describes this electric combination of Jazz Age New York City, the occult and the psychic, and some truly gruesome murders.

Brilliant news! A thousand cheers for Libba & Margo!

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