Another accolade for The First Week

<em>The First Week<em> launchMargaret Merrilees can add another feather to her cap*. Her debut novel The First Week has been shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award, a very cool award that celebrates work that depicts ‘women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society’.

Read an extract of The First Week here or skip that and buy a copy here.You can read more about the award here and see the full (and awesome) shortlist here.

One of the judges, Dorothy Johnston, has written about the judging process here, and pointed out that:

Another interesting point to note is that, out of seven shortlisted titles, four were published by small (or small to medium-sized) publishers, although by far the greatest number of entries were submitted by the ‘big names’ – Penguin, Random House, Allen & Unwin and so on.

Tiny but mighty, over here. And we couldn’t be prouder.

*Is that the right saying? What does it even mean?

Wednesday links!

Too many things to share with you all!

First of all, look at this beautiful book:

<em>Every Time You Close Your Eyes<em>













The latest from the incredibly talented Bel Schenk, Every Time You Close Your Eyes is set during a power outage in New York in the seventies. It’s an amazing one-sit read. Buy here!

Secondly, are creative courses killing Western literature? Horace Engdahl seems to be making the case that grants are softening our authors up too much. What do you guys think?

Thirdly, the gorgeously dorky kids at Porter Square Books in the US have put together a list of 12 awkward bookseller moments. Yes. I know what they’re talking about. For all of them.

AND the always awesome Junkee crew have put together a list of eight places to go in Adelaide to soak up our arts scene. Good start, kids, but there are so many more! What about Dark Horsey Bookshop? The Jam Factory? Mercury Cinema? Those are all within ten metres of each other! The Mill, E for Ethel, Hillbilly Hoot, and – oh, I don’t know – the whole damn city during any of our numerous festivals.

Hot damn, Adelaide. You do good for a little guy!

Last, but certainly not least, we have some Edwyn Collins, courtesy of editor/typesetter/designer extraordinaire Michael Deves. Anyone remember the scene from Empire Records? That movie turns 20 next year.

And, just like that, I’m old.

Happy Wednesday!