Launceston Author Visit

Antarctica : A Biography

Author David Day

Petrarch’ Bookshop

21st August at 6.00 pm

Explorers, the hostile Antartic climate, overcoming the odds, commercialisation and national glory

‘On a deeper level, it is the story of nations seeking to incorporate the Antarctic into their national narratives and to claim its frozen wastes as their own’

There is limited space so RSVP to reserve your space.

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2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

2012 winners announced!

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister Simon Crean announced the winners of the six 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards at the National Library of Australia.

Fiction – Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears
Poetry – Intesrferon Psalm by Luke Davies
Non-fiction – An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna
Prize for Australian History – The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage
Young adult fiction – When We Were Two by Robert Newton
Children’s fiction – Goodnight, Mice! By Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson

CHECKOUT THE SHORTLISTED BOOKS AND CLICK ON THE LIVE LINKS…

YOU WILL FIND A PAGE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO READ THE FIRST CHAPTER OF EACH BOOK

Fiction

Poetry

Non-fiction

Prize for Australian History

Young adult fiction

Children’s fiction

Non-fiction needs new nomenclature

It’s such a negative connotation, ‘non’, even in the context of reading when it excludes ‘fiction’. Boundaries get crossed. There’s ‘faction’ – fiction woven into ‘real’ historical facts and non-fiction written in ‘literary’ styles.

We need new words!

Reading non-fiction is an opportunity to pursue your interests, relish wonderful writing and take you to places you haven’t yet imagined. Like all writing – like history – it is written through the experience and background of the author. The Rory Gilmore Book Club discussion page at goodreads is a place to start.

How many times have you finished a fiction book that swept you away and THEN you want to know all about the author. That’s what happens to me.  This weekend I knocked over M.J. Hyland’s How the Light Gets In, and got swept up in discovering everything about M.J. Hyalnd, and everything else that she has written. So, reading non-fiction is something about wanting – like all reading – to roll about in the luscious words, to find out, and to be taken somewhere else.

Visit Word Worlds Non-fiction, and watch it grow.