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Friday Choice Cuts
This week has been a veritable hotbed of controversy. Here’s our wrap.
Amina Arraf, a lesbian Syrian blogger, was abducted by Syrian authorities during the week, prompting howls of protest around the world - at least until it emerged that she may be the figment of someone’s imagination. If that’s the case, it would be a distasteful distraction from the life-and-death struggle many Syrians…
Digital Books Get Their Gongs
Will Kindle e-books get the nod?
In another sign that the digital book market is maturing, it now has its own industry awards. The Bookseller has launched the FutureBooks ‘digital innovation’ awards. According to their website, they’re “the first of their kind to recognise how the trade is embracing the future with new products, new ways of working, and new marketing strategies”.
Ladbrokes Likes Our Les
Les Murray's latest, Taller When Prone
Poet Les Murray is favourite Australian in the race for the Nobel Prize according to British bookmakers Ladbrokes.
The bookies put Les Murray at an equal seventh in the running for the prize at 11/1 along with Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. The current frontrunner is Swedish poet and translator Tomas Transtromer at 5/1. Two other Australian authors made…
McEwan Scoops Another Gong
The award-winning book, Cement Garden
Eminent British novelist Ian McEwan has been awarded Israel’s prestigious Jerusalem Prize. It’s the latest of a long list of accolades awarded to McEwan, hailed by the jury as “one of the most important novelists of our time”.
Although it carries a modest cash purse, the Jerusalem Prize - awarded on odd-numbered years since 1963 - brings with it…
Thousands of Awards
Publishing group The Thousands is running an online program “that recognises and rewards local achievements”. Nominees for the Thousands Awards have been published, and though the nominees for the ‘Read’ category are all worthy of the $1000 prize, readers can vote for their favourite. The nominees are literary journal The Lifted Brow, independent publishers Small House Books and Rainoff Books, spoken word event…
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