Looking about the Children’s bookshelves this Australia Day, positions have varied considerably as to who gets to sit, at the top of the list. The ten selected, are what we are regularly seeing at the top, in popular bookstores, around the country.
We have wimpy kids, treehouses and wayward children scoring the first three places – curtesy of Kinney, Griffiths & Denton and Bound. These are closely followed by animals, you, strikes, perspectives, pigs and the deep. Although there are no unique titles in this bunch of books, they’re great page turners for young children, who eagerly follow these authors.
Out and about around bookstores this week, we find an interesting collection of new and intriguing books to tantalise our young teens, who are keen to while away the hours before jumping back into the school books.
From murder, lying and cruelty taking out the top three places this week - curtsey of Jackson, McManus and Black; we then dive into death, games, shatter lives, liars, wicked and beyond the end to complete our top ten. There seems to be a lot at stake for these new characters and life appears to be taking a turn for the worse. For keen teens, dying for a bit of drama - this week’s books won’t disappoint.
Released this month - the new LILIWIOFE' (annual) Diaries are created and designed specifically to motivate, inspire and organise individuals who might otherwise be a tad, too-timid, to realise their dreams.
This A5 diary will kick-off the CoVid blues and get you started fresh, at the beginning of 2021. Organise and use the daily #hashtags for a strong media presence, grow your business idea to its full potential - being motivated from day 1.
Document your year's journey with like-minded individuals on the Instagram hashtag #liliwiofe'
There you will be able to inspire and support others in their journey; and see what, how and who is moving forward with their dreams in 2021. Let's come together to make the New Year - one to really remember and not - CoVid!
Gift this treasure to a friend or family member who has been doing it tough. Help them get back on top of things. You are not alone; let's build a strong 2021 together.
Join us - see you on Instagram! :)
Thank you to my wonderful friend Hassan Khan - who composed this incredibly, beautiful piece of music. You can find more of his work on SoundCloud.:)
It seems authors are not exempt from the worrying virus of CoVid, as Stephenie Meyers has recently learned. Stephenie doesn’t appear to be suffering extreme symptoms of the virus and is using her time well to remain isolated at home and for an author, well that can prove to be quite beneficial and not a huge inconvenience.
However, live events - like the one for her recent book publication Midnight Sun, due to take place in Shelton, had to be rerouted to a virtual event. This took care of the distancing protocols and kept both author and attendees safe.
We wish Stephenie Meyer a speedy recovery and look forward to reading another one of her awesome books!
Breaking News - It is a sad day for the literary world, as American writer - Mary Higgins Clark joins the world of literary angels. At the young age of 92 years, our dear Mary, who delighted readers across the globe with her thrilling suspense novels, passed peacefully away on Friday evening, while surrounded by family and friends.
Mary, dedicated more than 40 years of her life to writing suspense novels, completing over 50 works. Some of her most noted works: ‘A Stranger is Watching’ and ‘Loves Music, Loves to Dance’, were both made into films.
God speed, Mary.
If you’ve published digital works and need a little bit of recognition - well, here’s your opportunity and you can earn a nice sum of money, into the bargain. The Australian Writers Centre is offering for the fourth year in a row, their Woollahra Digital Literary Prize for published works in a digital form. Of course, it can’t be just any old thing - we are talking e pub and online articles here.
The competition gives you three categories to enter: Non-Fiction, Fiction and Flash/Short Fiction. The collective prize money sits at Au $7000. Both Fiction & Non-Fiction offer $3000 each, while Flash/Short Fiction can put a nice $1,000 in your pocket.
You will have to spin a good yarn for your winnings and be able to write up to 80,000 words for Fiction and Non-fiction and you can get away with 100~3000 words for the short fiction.
If you think this could be something that your might like to enter, get in fast as entries close March 9th, 2020.
See Woollahara Council Website to enter. Happy writing!
There have been some wonderful books produced over the years, but none so well created and thought out as The Gift of the Snowflake written by Timothy McMullen.
The book itself explores the reasons behind making each and everyone of us unique down to the very letter. It sets aside indifference and allows the reader to question the existence of mankind and all God’s creations.
The use of illustration is unique, fresh and everlasting, which superbly compliments the message being explored by the author.
This is a great book for little people to hold - produced on A4 horizontal format, readers will turn each page with ease and delight in the colourful watercolor treatment. This is a keeper; a book to hand down to the grandkids and a story to be read not just on the odd rainy day. :)
Asia is a wealth of knowledge, but not just for cultural or heritage-oriented things. Literature is one of the oldest loved forms of relaxation in Asia (apart from the furthering of education) and finding a good book to settle down with during the monsoon season, is a must. Great authors can be found all over Asia, they are not restricted to just Korea, so you need to open you mind and prepare to be amazed at the depth of artistic and literary abilities these authors possess.
Here are only ten of the best highlighted by the Tribune. Don't forget to get yourself at least one book; well, maybe two...three and you'll be on a roll. :)