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Book news, reviews, and musings 27 September 2010

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News and features

The shortlist for the 2010 Colin Roderick Award, awarded for an outstanding work dealing with Australian life, has been announced. Notable names include Sonya Hartnett, Alex Miller, Anna Goldsworthy, and the late Dorothy Porter.

Efforts are being made by Japanese and US manga publishers to stop the growing trend of scanlations, which involve manga being scanned and uploaded to websites.

Ingram has announced that in 2011 it will establish a full-service print and production service in Australia, reports Bookseller and Publisher Online.

Steven Spielberg is reportedly looking to step up to direct the film adaptation of the popular childrens series 39 Clues.


Peter Munro chats with Tim Flannery, author of the runaway bestseller The Weathermakers, about his new book Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope, which is a twin biography of our species and our planet.

Amanda Lohrey chats to Readings Books about her short story collection Reading Madame Bovary.


Noa over at Paperbackdolls rereads Gone with the Wind, and still finds it exquisitealthough shed like just a few more pages tacked on at the end.

Swapner Krishna reviews best-selling author Jennifer Weiners new book Fly Away Home, describing it as a sympathetic look at life in politics.

Michelle at Book to the Future looks at two rather creepy (in my opinion!) Australian classics that involve talking gumnuts and a magic pudding.


Stephen Cauchi muses that being a celebrity doesnt necessarily mean literary success: for every breakout celebrity book there are plenty that are quietly remaindered. Thank goodness!

BookLoversInc consider the young adult books that have changed them in some way. The list includes books by Markus Zusak and John Marsden. Which YA books, if any, have changed your life?

Will ebooks cannibalise the market, or increase book sales? Its a complex issue, says John Elder.

Quercus books gives us a brief history of the ISBN.

Just for fun gives us a list of truly terrible sci-fi covers. Although the titles of some of these are just as bad!

Author birthdays

Happy birthday Paul Gobel and Bernard Waber!

Quote of the Day

Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs. John Osborne

Beautiful book cover of the day

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  1. Thanks for mentioning Book to the Future! Im just checking out those bad sci-fi and fantasy book covers oh dear!

  2. Stephanie /

    My pleasure, Michelle. :) Yes, there are some shockers on that list, arent there? (Although I own some that are almost as bad!)