Some great events to share this week in our latest bookish news, including a panel of Crime Writers, a fantastic new podcast, The Man Booker longlist, a reading challenge… and the Inky Awards.
We are in the midst of an Australian crime fiction renaissance. From ominous “bush-noir” to suburban psychological thrillers, Australians are seeking mystery, suspense and menace in their own fictional backyards.
Sydney readers can join authors Michael Robotham, Mark Brandi and Tony Cavanaugh in conversation with Cheryl Akle as they discuss Australian crime writing, their inspiration as authors and the secrets behind their acclaimed crime stories. But get in quick… the initial round of tickets sold out so a few more have just been released. Hosted by Hachette and Better Reading, click here for more information.
The 2019 Booker Prize longlist announced
The longlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced. Chosen from 151 submissions, the 13 book long-list features Margaret Atwood’s long awaited sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments. The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 3 September. Click here for more details.
The Australian Reading Hour
Thursday September 19, is the Australian Reading Hour, where all Australians are encouraged to stop what they’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. The Australian Reading Hour sets various challenges for people that help promote reading and their latest one was set by us here at Better Reading.
We’re all about celebrating Australian authors and Australian books, so our challenge to you this week is to discover a new Australian story. You could try Trent Dalton’s award-winning coming-of-age novel, Boy Swallows Universe, or Melina Marchetta’s latest bestseller, The Place on Dalhousie, which unfolds in inner-west Sydney. Then there’s Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng, a wonderful tale of friendship and belonging set in Melbourne.
Australia has some great crime writers, too. Maybe try The Rip by Mark Brandi, a gripping urban crime drama set in Brisbane, or Sarah Barrie’s new thriller, Devil’s Lair, which takes us deep into the dark heart of Tasmania. You’ll need to sleep with the light on after reading that one!
If you want to know more about The Australian Reading Hour, visit here.
Voted for by young people, The Inky Awards first made an appearance in 2007 and have been going strong since. Recognising the best YA literature from Australian and international authors they empower young readers and give them a chance to have their say when it comes to what they value as readers.
The short list has just been announced and the following titles have been chosen:
Gold Inky Award
Hive by A. J. Betts
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews
Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough
Whisper by Lynette Noni
After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson
Silver Inky Award
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Voting closes in August and the winners will be announced in September so make sure you and your teens get voting for your favourite and support this wonderful initiative. Vote here.
You asked… we delivered! A new podcast series.
We are excited to launch our new 6-part series, Better Reading On Writing, the companion podcast to Better Reading’s successful, Stories Behind the Story.
This new podcast is a little different to the Stories Behind the Story podcast. It retains the same friendly chat format, but here we focus on the craft of writing, what it takes to write that book, and what it means to be a published author. We’ve had so many listeners contact us, asking to hear more about how to write. So… you asked and we delivered.
However, this is not a writer’s class, although we certainly hope you’ll learn something along the way. The purpose of the series is to inspire you to either write your own book, or simply read more books because you’ve loved listening to the authors we interview.
In each episode, Cheryl Akle and a guest author or industry professional discusses one aspect of writing or the business of writing. Fascinating soundgrabs from other authors are included, along with a segment called The Writer’s Habits, where each guest shares his or her Top 3 habits that have helped them carve out the career they have today.
Our new Better Reading On Writing podcast is for everyone: writers, teachers and students, would-be authors and readers who love hearing how their favourite authors work.
It’s an excellent way for listeners to understand what it takes to write a book.
All six episodes have been released simultaneously, and we’ve included some podcast notes as well.