Posts Tagged ‘Melina Marchetta’

Australian YA: Meet Trinity Doyle and Pieces of Sky

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

  Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Trinity. My pleasure! Pieces of Sky (Allen & Unwin) is your first published YA novel. How did you get published – an agent or through the slush pile? I got my deal through my agent. What is the significance of your title, Pieces of Sky? In the novel the […]

Australian YA and other fiction in London

Friday, July 10th, 2015

I’m just back from a tour of (mostly indie) London bookshops. My visit to the Tower of London was enhanced after seeing Sonya Hartnett’s Children of the King, which alludes to the missing princes held captive by their uncle Richard III in the Tower, in a Notting Hill bookshop. Australian YA, as well as children’s and […]

SWF After Party

Monday, June 1st, 2015

May was packed full of exciting book events, a number linked to the Sydney Writers’ Festival. My SWF week began with the evening announcement of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards at the Mitchell Library. It was a great opportunity to catch up with people and meet new authors. The other awards evening I attended was […]

A Snapshot of Australian YA and Fiction in the USA

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I’ve just returned from visiting some major cities in the USA. It was illuminating to see which Australian literature is stocked in their (mostly) indie bookstores. This is anecdotal but shows which Australian books browsers are seeing, raising the profile of our literature. Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief was the most prominent Australian book. I […]

4 Aussie Authors nominated for world’s largest children’s literature prize

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Four Australian authors have been nominated for the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature. Ursula Dubosarsky, Jackie French (pictured), Morris Gleitzman and Melina Marchetta are the Australian authors selected among a group of 207 candidates for the 2013 award. The winner of this year’s award will […]

No. 6 – Most Popular Aussie Novels of All Time

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

We surveyed our customers to discover the Most Popular Aussie Novels of all time – we’re counting down the Top 24 Novels between now and Christmas Eve… At #6 – Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta 35.9% of all respondents have read this book Synopsis for Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta Josephine Alibrandi is […]

CBCA NSW 2010: A note on Melina Marchetta (and her effortless awesomeness)

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Me, Melina Marchetta I really hate the overuse of ‘awesome’ as a word, but sometimes, someone possesses so many wonderful qualities that in lieu of actually listing them all, it becomes easier just to call them awesome. Melina Marchetta is one of those people. And yes, even she mispronounces her own name. [Her, Susanne Gervay […]

Boomerang at the 2010 CBCA Imagine This! Imagine That! Conference

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Boomerang Books is proud to announce that this weekend, not only is a member of our Boomerang Books blogging team speaking at the sold-out 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Branch Conference, but we’ll be live-blogging the two-day event – with scheduled appearances by the big names in Australian children’s writing, including Libby Gleeson, […]


Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Marchetta fans, prepare to go crazy – in May, each of our Boomerang Books Members are in the running to win a signed copy of one of Australia’s finest authors’ latest. The full prize pack includes: The Wildkin’s Curse by Kate Forsyth Gone by Mo Hayder The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta SIGNED Fury Shirley […]

Adele Walsh on movie adaptations

Monday, April 19th, 2010

I’m not the only perpetual adolescent in the world, and the plan is for this blog to feature a range of ‘adolescent’ voices, from young-adult authors, to young-adult readers. Adele Walsh, or as you may know her, Persnickety Snark, is one of the, if not the name in Australian young-adult blogging. Of course, if you said […]

On Inspiration

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Inspiration is a tricky thing. It comes and goes, and mostly, its habits are unpredictable. If I knew how it all worked, believe me, my second novel would’ve been out by now. Usually someone in front of me has to do something stupid, or something horrible has to happen to me, and when I stop […]

VIDEO POST: Melina Marchetta on ‘The Piper’s Son’

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Piper’s Son will be available on March 1… To prepare yourself, read Melina Marchetta’s classic, Saving Francesca.

Marchetta and Lanagan vie for Sakura Medal

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

The nominees for the 2010 Sakura Medal have been announced in Japan, with Australian authors making the list. In the High School category, Melina Marchetta (for her Finnikin of the Rock), Joanne Horniman (My Candlelight Novel) and Margo Lanagan (Tender Morsels) join Boomerang Books’ own William Kostakis (Loathing Lola) in the running for the Medal. Japanese international students vote […]

CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK: Melina Marchetta

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

In what will no doubt set a dangerous precedent for the years to come, this week, to celebrate the CBCA’s Book Week, we’re doing something very special here at the Boomerang Blog. We’ve invited a selection of Australian children’s author to drop by and guest blog for us – one for every day of the […]

NSW Writers’ Centre: 4th Kids and YA Literature Festival (July 4-5)

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Excitement is ramping up for the upcoming NSW Writers’ Centre’s two-day event, the 4th Kids and YA Literature Festival, held July 4-5. The Festival’s bringing together some of the best Australian authors and illustrators, publishers, scriptwriters and industry advocates in what has been dubbed “a celebration of story and the special world of Children’s Literature”. […]

ABC Radio National THE BOOK SHOW: Kids literature awards accused of elitism

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

A friend passed this on, and as a children’s author whose novel was ignored by awards judges, I have to say that I agree with the idea that there is an element of elitism in kids’ lit judging despite exceedingly favourable reviews… That said, I’m sure I’d be singing a different tune if my book was garnering awards… […]