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    As reported in Book+Publishing the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has written to the government urging them to extend the Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) schemes to also include ebook and eaudiobook loans from public libraries. The letter to Mitch Fifield who is both the Minister for Arts and Minster for Communications, argues that "(a)t a time when ebook and eaudio lending is rapidly growing across the world, it is now essential that a writer’s PLR payments include copies of their books  loaned in a digital format. Today’s libraries offer access to thousands of ebooks and eAudio...

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    The 2017 Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award has been announced.  The winner is Marija Pericic with her novel 'The Last Pages'. It was a unanimous decision by the judges who were hugely impressed by the quality of all the works submitted this year. Marija said of the prize: “I’m honoured beyond words to receive this award. The Vogel Award does such important work in bringing new writers voices into the open. It’s just a beacon for emerging writers like me." Beginning in Prague, 1908,'The Lost Pages' is a richly reimagined story of Max Brod’s life filtered through his relationship with...

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    ABC's The Book Club has announced the first four books for the 2017 season! To start this 11th season of The Book Club the books selected cover fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  They are : 'Storm and Grace' by Kathryn Heyman; 'Hillbilly Elegy' by JD Vance; 'Exit West' by Mohsin Hamid and 'The Monkey's Mask' by Dorothy Porter.  ABC air dates are yet to be announced.

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    Kate Grenville has won the 2017 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. This award, formerly  the Writers’ Emeritus Award, acknowledges the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60 who have made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to Australian literature. Kate has published 15 books of fiction and non-fiction.  Her most recent book is 'The Case Against Fragrance'.

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    The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced the list of Notable Books (Longlist) for the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. The Shortlist will be announced on Tuesday March 28, 2017. This year 130 new authors and illustrators entered in the awards including many smaller publishers. In total, 443 entries were considered. Login to view the full list in JBO Awards.

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    The 89th Academy Awards winners have been announced. After much confusion and drama the winner of Best Picture is....MOONLIGHT - (available April 26). The other nominees this year were: ARRIVAL -(available now); FENCES - (available May 10); HACKSAW RIDGE -  (available March 15); HELL OR HIGH WATER -  (available now); HIDDEN FIGURES -(available May 31); LA LA LAND -(available May 24); LION -  (available May 3); MANCHESTER BY THE SEA -  (available May 17).

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