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Reading Matters Late last night London time the longlist for Australia's top literary prize, the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award, was announced. It's quite a strong list, although I'm shocked that it doesn't include Christos Tsiolkas' Barracuda and Alex Miller's Coal Creek, but I do like the fact it features some new authors that I've not heard of before. Still, I think when push comes to shove, it's going to be a big battle between two old favourites: Tim Winton and Richard Flanagan.

California State Library Catalog Welcome to the California State Library Catalogs! Main Catalog - Find books, documents, legal materials, magazines, journals, photographs, manuscripts, maps, videos, and more in the collections of the California State Library, including the Sutro Library in San Francisco. Picture Catalog - Limit your search to some of the photographs and historic images from the Library's rich collections of photographs, prints, drawings, and sheet music. Braille and Talking Book Catalog - Find Braille, digital and cassette audio books available to eligible users of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Items labeled "In Library Use Only" are not available for loan.

BOOKS - ArtsBeat Blog Photo A rambling 1950 letter from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac that helped inspire “On the Road” will be auctioned next month by Christie’s in New York, apparently bringing to an end an 18-month legal battle over its ownership. The 16,000-word typed letter, which carries an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000, had been considered lost before it surfaced in the discarded files of Golden Goose Press, a now-defunct small San Francisco publisher, and listed for sale by a Southern California auction house in 2014. Internet Handbook Links Refining options that were formerly shown on the left side of results pages are now shown as menu items beneath the search box on results pages. Under the "Search Tools" menu item you will find submenu items for time, type of results, and location. Click on the "all results" menu item for the following options: sites with images, pages you have already visited, those you have not yet visited, definitions, reading level, personal (related posts, etc.. from your "friends" and 'connections" ), results (primarily businesses) near your location, translated foreign pages (formery the 'language" search option and "language tools"), and Verbatim (to theoretically remove modifications to you search that Google has made).

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Booktopia - A Book Bloggers' Paradise - The No. 1 Book Blog for Australia To celebrate January, Booktopia’s Month of Australian Stories, we asked you just who is Australia’s Favourite Novelist. The response was overwhelming, and after tens of thousands of votes were cast, these are the results. Australia’s 50 Favourite Australian Novelists for 2013. If you aren’t familiar with any of them, there’s no better time than now to get familiar and celebrate Australian Literature this year with Booktopia, Australia’s Local Bookstore. 50. The Y.A./Middle-Grade Book Awards, 2012 Edition - Jen Doll It was a year of countless great books in the categories of young adult and middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, buoyed not only by content but by that all-important publishing mark of sales. "The children’s and Y.A. category grew by more than 196 percent in August," according to an Association of American Publishers report, outpacing adult literature sales by leaps and bounds. But even prior to that news there were signs this was shaping up to be an unprecedented year of Y.A., what with growing numbers of adults reading the books (helped along by the popularity of The Hunger Games, of course) and growing numbers of people writing about that trend (including here, in this column). NPR Books' summer poll of the year focused on Y.A., identifying 100 of the greatest teen novels ever.

FableCroft » Spec Fic for School Libraries Spec Fic for School Libraries I often come across librarians looking for recommendations of speculative fiction for school libraries that goes beyond the usual YA boundaries (and transcends the current paranormal tropes!). On this page, I’ll identify books I would personally recommend for school libraries (whether intentionally YA or otherwise suitable for adolescents).

YA Dystopian Books What’s on my bookshelf ? 4 Today I would like to recommend a few books belonging to the very trendy genre of Dystopian fiction for Young Adults. Immensely popularised by The Hunger Games trilogy, this Fantasy sub-genre offers a wide variety of books, some really worth checking out. Before providing you with a reading list, let’s remind ourselves of what the Dystopian genre actually is.