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  • 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.

  • Heather Rose wins 2017 Stella Prize for The Museum of Modern Love
    The 2017 Stella Prize was announced on the 18th of April 2017, with the main prize going to Heather Rose for her novel 'The Museum of Modern Love.' 'This is a weirdly beautiful book.' David Walsh founder and curator, MONA'Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.' Stella Adler'Art will wake you up. Art will break your heart. There will be glorious days. If you want eternity you must be fearless.' From The Museum of Modern LoveShe watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live?If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do.Arky Levin is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do.This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.

  • Bailey's Womens Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced
    The 2017 Bailey's Prize Shortlist is: Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo; The Power by Naomi Alderman; The Dark Circle by Linda Grant; The Sport of Kings by C E Morgan; First Love by Gwendoline Riley; Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. The overall winner will be announced on June 7 2017.

  • CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist Announced
    Congratulations to all the authors shortlisted for the 2017 Childrens Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. Special congratulations to local WA authors Meg Caddy (Waer) and Kylie Howarth (Chip) and best of luck for the big announcement later in the year. If you still need any of the CBCA shortlisted or notable books, speak to your customer service representative today or phone Westbooks reception on 9361 4211. Alternatively, if you have a Westbooks account, you can log in to order from our specially designed sales sheet. You can also use this sales sheet to order your Book Week 2017 'Escape to Everywhere' items.

  • Bookcaffe Book Club at the State Library: Bloodlines
    Join us on Thursday June 8 2017 from 5.30pm until 7.00pm for a book club with special guest, Nicole Sinclair! Nicole will be talking about her new book, Bloodlines, which was shortlisted for the TAG Hungerford Award. Tickets $27 (includes a copy of Bloodlines plus tea/ coffee and a light supper) About The Book Bloodlines Thirty-one year old Beth, who has grown up in the Western Australian wheatbelt, is running from her past when she heads to an island in Papua New Guinea. Interwoven with her story about the joys and brutalities of island life is the story of her parents' passionate, tender love for each other and the tragedy that forever marks the lives around them.

  • Man Booker International Prize 2017
    On 7 July 2015, the Booker Prize Foundation announced that the Man Booker International Prize was to evolve from 2016 to a prize for fiction in translation and join forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The newly evolved prize is awarded annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK, rather than every two years for a writer's entire body of work. Both novels and collections of short stories are eligible. The £50,000 prize is divided equally between the author and the translator. Each shortlisted author and translator receives £1,000.

  • National Simultaneous Storytime 2017
    On May 24th 2017, National Simultaneous Storytime will celebrate their 17th year! Come join the fun by reading 'The Cow Tripped Over the Moon' by Tony Wilson at 11am. To order your copy of this adorable book, please phone us on 9361 4211.

  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
    The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honour literary achievement by Australian writers. The awards are administered by the Wheeler Centre on behalf of the Premier of Victoria. The winners of the five award categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults – each receive $25,000 and go on to contest the Victorian Prize for Literature. You can visit the Wheeler Centre's website to find out who has been shortlisted, or use the sales sheets in our recommendations, located in the member's area.

  • 2017 Indie Book Awards Longlist
    Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards see independent booksellers take their rightful place in the spotlight as key supporters of Australian authors. The incredible passion and knowledge of independent booksellers makes them uniquely placed to judge and recommend the best Australian books of the past year to their customers and the general reading public. The Awards, for best book of a calendar year, cover the best Australian books in five categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Debut fiction, Children’s and Young Adult. FICTION LONGLIST (View the full shortlist at the Indie Book Awards Website) The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam (Hachette Australia) Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications) The Better Son by Katherine Johnson (Ventura Press) The Good People by Hannah Kent (Pan Macmillan Australia) An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (Pan Macmillan Australia) Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta (Penguin Books Australia) Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan Australia) The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong (Text Publishing) Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia) The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith (Allen & Unwin) NON-FICTION LONGLIST Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey (Hachette Australia) Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Australia) The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette Australia) Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia) Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia) Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford (Allen & Unwin) Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner (Text Publishing) Talking To My Country by Stan Grant (HarperCollins Australia) True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt (Black Inc) The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton (Penguin Books Australia)