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  • 2018 Perth Writers Week Program Announced
    The 2018 Perth Writers Week Program was announced on the 18th of January. Featuring a stellar line up of local talent, as well as big name literary figures such as Alex Miller and Di Morrissey, guest curator Will Yeoman has cooked up a feast of storytelling for Perth Lit-Lovers. You can view titles by attending authors and presenters via our selection below. In particular, this year's festival features a smorgasboard of debut talent to discover and enjoy. The festival runs from the 19th to the 25th of February at the UWA Club.

  • In the News: Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury gives an inside look at Trump's first 9 months in the White House
    The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations: What President Trump's staff really thinks of him What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama Why FBI director James Comey was really fired Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing What the secret to communicating with Trump is What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

  • Prime Minister's Literary Award 2017- Winners Announced
    The 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award Winners were announced on Friday December 1st, 2017, and we were so pleased to see that Ryan O’Neill’s 'Their Brilliant Careers' take out the big prize for the Fiction category. This wonderful book is made up of fictional biographies of zany Australian writers, and it is a delight to read. Other category winners include Anthony Lawrence for 'Headwaters' (Poetry), Nicholas Rothwell for 'Quicksilver' (Non-Fiction), Elizabeth Tynan for 'Atomic Thunder' (Australian History), Cath Crowley for 'Words in Deep Blue' (Young Adult), Bob Graham for 'Home in the Rain' and Wendy Orr for 'Dragonfly Song' (Children's Fiction.)

  • Westbooks is Moving!
    We are moving premises on the 12th of October 2017. Please visit us at our new address, 152 Burswood Road, Burswood.

  • A Day of Literary Feasting at Nedlands Library
    Join the Nedlands Library Team on October 25 for A Day of Literary Feasting, featuring Dawn Barker, Steven Marcuson, Bernice Barry and Janelle McCulloch. Bookings are now open. Don't miss out on this full day of reading and writing, with a series of talks and workshops with acclaimed local authors. Register at the link below.

  • Nanowrimo is coming! Get ready to write…
    November is National Novel Writing Month. Make sure you like Westbooks on Facebook to be notified about events happening at Public Libraries around Western Australia, as well as to receive book recommendations. Librarians can check out our list of essential books on creative writing, which contains 30 books for 30 days of Nanowrimo motivation. Check out https://nanowrimo.org/ for information on Nanowrimo or to sign up and write a 50 000 word novel in the month of November.

  • Extinctions by Josephine Wilson wins the 2017 Miles Franklin Award
    West Australian readers everywhere were rejoicing last Thursday night when it was announced that Josephine Wilson's novel EXTINCTIONS had won the 2017 Miles Franklin Award. Wilson is the 5th West Australian to win the Award, with other past winners including Tim Winton and Elizabeth Jolley. Congratulations to Josephine and the team at UWA Publishing!

  • Introducing Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic
    Imagine a world where the past, present and future have collided. A world that is timeless. This is the world Diego Ribera was born into...For fans of Rick Riordan and Brian Selznick, author-artist Armand Baltazar introduces the first book in a new fantasy adventure series.Over 150 full-colour illustrations bring this cinematic story to life! Click on the links below to check out a behind the scenes interview with author Armand Baltazar. This book would make a wonderful prize book for end of year subject awards at your school, and gets two thumbs up from Westbooks Children's Literature Specialist, Heather.

  • 2017 Ned Kelly Award Shortlist
    Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year's Ned Kelly Award for Australian Crime Writing. This prize is always incredibly popular with readers and we were pleasantly surprised to see a real mix of cross-over titles as well as the usual fare for this year's list. For a full list of shortlistees and to order, please click on the ordering link below.

  • N K Jemisin wins 2017 Hugo Award for The Obelisk Gate
    Congratulations to N K Jemisin who took out the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel at the ceremony which took place on August 11th in Helsinki, Finland, for her novel The Obelisk Gate. The novel is second in a series of three, the first book of which (The Fifth Season) was also a Hugo winner. We have high hopes for book 3 which is called The Stone Sky, and look forward to the forthcoming television adaptation.

  • 2017 Walker Books Australia School and Library Book Bonus is on again!
    The wonderful Walker Books offer is on again! This always a really popular offer. All you need to do is order $500RRP worth of Walker Books from Westbooks and Walker Books will donate a book pack valued at $500 to your library. Ask your sales representative for an order form and a copy of the cover sheet to claim your prize. All books ordered attract your usual Westbooks discount, so this is a very good offer to take up indeed! NEW FOR 2017, order your Walker Books offer online using www.westbooks.com.au Offer ends September 1, 2017. 500 fabulous titles (including some new for 2017) to choose from.

  • The 2017 Miles Franklin Award Longlist has been announced
    The 2017 Longlist for the Miles Franklin Award is: The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam, An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire, The Last Days of Ava Langdon by Mark O'Flynn, Their Brilliant Careers by Ryan O'Neill, A Loving, Faithful Animal by Josephine Rowe, Waiting by Philip Salom, Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson, Hold by Kirsten Tranter and Extinctions by Josephine Wilson. Congratulations to everyone on the longlist. We look forward to the shortlist and winner being announced later in the year.