Arts Minister, Sheila McHale MLA, will launch The Last Sky by Alice Nelson at the New Edition Bookshop on 7 August 2008.

Congratulations to Ambelin Kwaymullina and Sonia Martinez who made the shortlist for the CBCA Crichton Award for New Illustrators. Sonia illustrated The World According to Warren by Craig Silvey and Ambelin illustrated and wrote The Crow and the Waterhole

Congratulations to Simon Haynes author of Hal Spacejock: Just Desserts for winning a 2008 Tin Duck Award from the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation for best professional long work.

The Edge of the World by Marcella Polain was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the category of Best First Novel in South East Asia and the South Pacific this week.

Caroline Caddy’s latest collection of poetry, Esperance: new and selected poems, was shortlisted for the prestigious John Bray Poetry Prize worth $15,000 this week.