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Bad Sex in Fiction Awards

The Literary Review in Britain started the Bad Sex Awards in 1993 to "draw attention to, and hopefully discourage, poorly written, redundant or crude passages of a sexual nature in fiction". Here you can read the shortlisted passages from the 2008 Award.

Added by Jane B on January 23, 2009 at 14:09 — No Comments

Writers go tweet

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You probably already know that John Cleese and Stephen Fry are on Twitter. But there are real live authors too. Like Warren Ellis and Neil Gaiman.…


Added by Bern on January 21, 2009 at 15:38 — 2 Comments

Top 100 Books of All Time

Take a look at the Angus and Robertson Top 100 Books of All Time and check out how many you've read!
More than 26,000 votes from the public were received for the poll - the fifth such poll - which features a diverse list of books, including 22 Australian titles.

Added by Jane B on January 14, 2009 at 15:55 — 1 Comment

opac on iphone

District of Columbia Public Library has created an iphone application that allows borrowers to access the library catalogue from their iphone. It allows them to search, see the item cover and place holds. One borrower who downloaded the application from itunes said, 'I think this works better than the web catalog interface! Well done.' Read on

...and if you think that's good check… Continue

Added by Tim on January 14, 2009 at 14:00 — No Comments

What should I read next?

NextReads has the answer... but try also this magic 8 ball application for impatient types...

I typed in Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence... and got back with a list that included a personal favourite, Midnight in Sicily: On Art, Food, History, Travel, and La Cosa Nostra, a book by Australian author Peter Robb (Carravaggio) that… Continue

Added by Bern on January 2, 2009 at 22:00 — No Comments

Books about business

The Independent a UK newspaper has released a short list of the best business books of all time!
It includes such titles as The Great Crash by J.K Galbraith, Capitalism Unleashed by Andrew Glyn and When markets collide by Mohamed El-Erian.

Added by Tim on December 18, 2008 at 15:00 — No Comments

Good Reading Online

If you have a Mosman Library card, you can access Good Reading Online a fantastic resource if you love books and reading.
Take a look - it is an exact digital copy of the print magazine with the benefits of access to the archive of past issues plus links to interesting websites and more. You'll also be able to browse and keyword search through all issues.

Added by Jane B on December 10, 2008 at 15:11 — 1 Comment

New York Times 100 Most Noteable Books of 2008

Here is the list of what the New York Times considers to be the 100 Most Noteable Books of 2008.

100 Most Notable Books of 2008

What do you think? Have you read any? Are there titles that you think should be added?

Added by Jane B on December 4, 2008 at 15:54 — No Comments

European Digital Library Launches and Promptly Crashes

I saw this article in Library Journal about a new digital library called Europeana. It got 10 million hits per hour and shut up shop. It's going to try and relaunch in mid December.

Added by Tim on December 3, 2008 at 13:00 — No Comments

Book reviews in 140 characters

On Twitter, @bizbookreview does business and motivational books in 140 characters. Nice work, maybe Mosman Readers could offer a Twitter channel too.

I came across @bizbookreview from this post on Ari Herzog's blog where he favourably compares a Tweeted review of The Cluetrain Manifesto with the 4,091 character version.

On a similar… Continue

Added by Bern on December 2, 2008 at 9:00 — No Comments

Reading Books in Nice Places

Pictures of people - preferably you - reading books in nice (or not so nice?) places.

A good Flickr group for Mosman Readers to… Continue

Added by Bern on November 25, 2008 at 8:31 — No Comments

Top Five Crime And Mystery Novels Of 2008

NPR (National Public Radio) in the US has picked its top five crime novels of the year.

- Small Crimes, by Dave Zeltserman

- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland

- The Chinaman, by Friedrich Glauser, translated from the German by Mike Mitchell

- Death Vows, by Richard…

Added by Bern on November 24, 2008 at 13:00 — No Comments

Inky Winners Announced

The Centre for Youth Literature in Victoria has announced the winners of this year's 'Inky' awards. The Inkys are Australia's only teenage choice book award. Each year a panel of authors, young people and librarians narrow down the field to a longlist of 10 Australian books and 10 International books then the voting is thrown open to young people so they can choose the ultimate winners. This year the GOLDEN INKY 'Town' by James Roy, the SILVER INKY went to 'Before I Die' by Jenny Downham and… Continue

Added by Amy B on November 21, 2008 at 13:52 — No Comments

Librarian's book on British prize list

A LIBRARIAN whose "strange book" has not yet been published outside Australia has been longlisted for a new pound stg. 50,000 ($115,000) literary prize in Britain.

John Hughes joins a list that includes Naomi Klein and Pulitzer Prize-winner Alex Ross, to contest the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing, which will reward a book that tackles complex ideas in an accessible way.

Hughes's book, Someone Else, is a collection of fictional essays, written from the point of… Continue

Added by Mosman Library on November 21, 2008 at 7:00 — No Comments

2008 Children's Book of the Year winners announced

Looking for a book for your child or teen?

Take a look at the winners of the CBCA Book of the Year award.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a volunteer run, not for profit, organisation that was established in 1945 and is comprised of individual members who are passionate about children’s and young adult literature.

Added by Mosman Library on August 15, 2008 at 13:30 — No Comments

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