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2012 ABIA Winners

While we were focused on getting our new Melbourne bookshops ready to open, most of the Australian book world was focused on the Sydney Writers Festival and the special award evening held on Friday night for the Australian Book Industry Awards, the ABIAs.

The ABIAs are annual awards where the short, and the winners are chosen by expert panels, and are then voted on by publishers and  booksellers around the country, including us!

And the winners were …

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

All That I Am

All that I Am by Anna Funder

Newcomer of the Year

Past the Shadows

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

General Fiction Book of the Year

Past the Shallows

Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen At Sea by William McInnes and the late Sarah Watt.

Biography of the Year

Franklin and Eleanor

Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage by Hazel Rowley

Book of the Year for Younger Children

Rudie Nudie

Rudie Nudie by Emma Quay

Book of the Year for Older Children

Rudie Nudie

13 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Illustrated Book of the Year

Tasting India

Tasting India by Christine Mansfield

International Bestseller of the Year

Jamie's 30 Minute Meals

Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver

The Publisher of the Year went to Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin, while the Small Publisher went to another Australian Text Publishing.

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A Few Right Thinking Men

 

A Few Right Thinking MenThe setting is Sydney in the 1930′s in the lead up to and culminating in the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Our lead, Rowland Sinclair is from the very rich Sinclair family, and is to the disgust of is war veteran brother leading the bohemian life and pursing a life as an artist. An unexpected death appears to Rowland as suspicious and when some unsavoury connections come to light from the deceased estate more questions are asked that lead to a web of mysteries and the unmasking of secret societies.

 A Few Right Thinking Men is a solid novel from Australian author Sulari Gentill, who has managed to blend fiction with fact in a way that makes you wonder what is fact and what is fiction. A great read.disgust of is war veteran brother leading the bohemian life and pursing a life as an artist. An unexpected death appears to Rowland as suspicious and when some unsavoury connections come to light from the deceased estate more questions are asked that lead to a web of mysteries and the unmasking of secret societies.

It also has a good booktrailer to boot:

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Books Books Books!

Books Books Books!

We here at the Co-op Bookshop know that most people know us because of our textbooks … boring.

Don’t get us wrong we KNOW textbooks – after 50+ years in the textbook field we know them well. What you may not know about us is that we sell regular books to, books you may consider ‘leisure reading’ – books to help you relax, escape, take a time our or let your mind wander free.

Our Books Books Books! section of the blog is the place you can keep coming back to and find something about something new or even something old. It may be a review, it may be an author interview or it could be a competition – you’ll just have to come back to Books Books Books!

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The National Year of Reading

2012 isn’t just the International Year of the Co-operatives, it’s the National Year of Reading (perhaps we should just call it the year of the Co-op Bookshop…).

We’ll be involved this year with local events, as well as the National Twitter Reading Group happening online.

The Reading Group has a different theme each month and anyone can get involved by reading by theme, and if you’re on Twitter you can join the conversation using the tag #NYR12. The monthly themes are:

  • January – The Amazing Read
  • February – Laugh
  • March – Think
  • April – Feel
  • May – Escape
  • June – Dream
  • July – Discover
  • August – Question
  • September – Grow
  • October – Explore
  • November – Cry
  • December -Love2Read

Each month we’ll be putting a list of “Recommended Reads” together to inspire your themed reading.

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King Brown Country Wins Munster Award

The 2011 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism was awarded to Russell Skelton for his investigative piece, King Brown Country, a five year investigation into the systematic failure of Indigenous policy that has deeply affected the lives of Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory.

The $1000 prize was presented by the University of Technology, Sydney, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. The judges said:

This is a controversial and brave investigation into a community that was known for its success in the arts and music and as a role model for progress in remote Aboriginal communities. Its subsequent decline was a shocking case study in the pitfalls and failures of Aboriginal stewardship. Russell Skelton took on a project that was always going to be difficult and thankless and his bravery and independent pursuit of the truth is to be commended.

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The Best Books 2011: The Top 10

The Top 10 books of 2011 as decided by Publishers Weekly (US) were:

 


 

Do you agree? Do you have a Top 10 for 2011? If you do add it to the comments on this post.

I’ve been catching up on my TBR pile, so I don’t have a Top 10 for 2011 – I do have a Top 3, which are:

 

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern (especially the hardcover which comes with black edging and a red-ribbon placeholder) An great piece of fiction for adults and young adults.

 

 

 

Damned, Chuck Palahniuk. Damned is, well … damn! I’m not sure if I should have enjoyed it as much as I did. Read more here.

 

 

 

 

Press Here, Herve Tullet – a fantastic interactive children’s illustrated book that even grownups can enjoy!