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Peter Temple shortlisted for Martin Beck Award

Peter Temple has been shortlisted for the Swedish Crime Writers Academy’s 2008 Martin Beck Award, for his multi-award-winning novel The Broken Shore.

Barack Obama: Author, Senator, PRESIDENT!

It may not be official, but it is real. As we listen online to McCain conceding, it dawns on us that this epic campaign is finally, almost unbelievably, over. Barack Obama is the new President of the United States.

Hallelujah! Text to publish Leonard Cohen novels

Coinciding with the announcement that Leonard Cohen is to tour Australia in January 2009, Text Publishing is delighted to reveal that it will publish for the first time in Australia two of Cohen’s classic novels, Beautiful Losers and The Favourite Game.

Coetzee longlisted for Australia’s richest literary prize

The longlist for the Australia-Asia Literary Award was announced on 17 October by Western Australia Culture and Arts Minister John Day.

Frankfurt International Book Fair

The 60th annual Frankfurter Buchmesse is on! This giant of trade fairs draws publishers and media organisations from around the world each year to buy and sell the latest hot intellectual property.

New Nick Cave novel in 2009

Here at Text we are all very excited to have secured the ANZ rights to a new novel by music legend and revered story-teller Nick Cave. The Death of Bunny Munro is his first novel since And the Ass Saw the Angel was published to great acclaim in 1989.

Thrice cursed - more books from YA Prize-winner Richard Newsome

Last month we reported that the winner of our inaugural Young Adult Prize for 2008 was The Billionaire’s Curse by Richard Newsome. We are so in love with this manuscript and this author that we’ve signed two follow-up books, to come at the end of 2009 and the end of 2010.

Galloway on Giller Prize longlist

Canadian author Steven Galloway has made the longlist of the prestigious Giller Prize, for his highly acclaimed novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo. You can see the longlist here. The shortlist (of five) will be announced on 7 Oct, the winner on 11 Nov.

Congratulations, Steven.

Kate Grenville on The 7.30 Report

Kate was interviewed by Kerry O'Brien on Monday night, on ABC-TV’s leading current affairs program, ‘The 7.30 Report’. The prize-winning author chatted with Kerry about a range of issues, but mostly about her new novel The Lieutenant. You can watch the interview here.

Queensland Premier joins Helen Garner fan club

Helen Garner will have to clear a space in her trophy cabinet to accommodate the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. Garner claimed the $25,000 prize, for her novel The Spare Room, at an awards ceremony in Brisbane tonight.


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