Monthly Archives: March 2008

Congratulations Sonya Hartnett!

Congratulations to Victorian author Sonya Hartnett on winning the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is a Swedish children’s literature award, established by the Swedish Government in 2002 in honour of theSwedish children’s books writer Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking. The prize is valued at over A$800,000.

The Astrid Lindgren Award may be awarded to writers, illustrators, narrators and/or promoters of reading whose work reflects the spirit of Astrid Lindgren. The object of the award is to increase interest in children’s and young people’s literature, and to promote children’s rights to culture on a global level.

Sonya Hartnett is the first Australian to win the award.

The award’s jury said of Hartnett: ‘Sonya Hartnett is one of the major forces for renewal in modern young adult fiction. With psychological depth and a concealed yet palpable anger, she depicts the circumstances of young people without avoiding the darker sides of life. She does so with linguistic virtuosity and a brilliant narrative technique; her works are a source of strength.’

‘She is one of the authors currently charting a new course in both form and content for teen fiction, bringing it closer to adult fiction and blurring the distinction. She also constantly pushes her own boundaries. No two works are alike. She skilfully adapts her beautiful, precise and illustrative language and her artful narrative technique to the requirements of each novel,’ the judges said.

Among her most popular books are ‘Of a boy’, ‘Wilful blue’, ‘Forest’, ‘Stripes of the side-step wolf”, ‘Sleeping dogs’ and ‘Surrender’. All recommended reading.

           

Check here for a list of Sonya Hartnett’s own favourite books.

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First Tuesday Book Club

Don’t miss the First Tuesday Book Club every month on ABC TV. Jennifer Byrne hosts stimulating discussion about books, both new and old, with regulars Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger and two invited guests each month. Broaden your horizons about reading and authors and be challenged to try something different. The website had articles on featured books, competitions and guest reviewers. If you missed the show it is repeated on the Sunday Arts program or can be viewed through video highlights on the website. Watch out for specials like the one on the genre of Crime shown this week.

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Writers Talk

Have found a terrific site with interviews with well-known authors. It is from last year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival but the interviews are still relevant. Authors include John Boyne, Meg Rosoff, JC Burke, Andy Griffiths and Tara June Winch. Well worth a look here.

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