The State Library's Summer Reads blog kicks off this Friday - the launch was held last week, and the blog is nearly there. An even mix of fiction and non-fiction titles this year marks a definite shift away from the 2006 inaugural program, evocatively titled "20 Novels Set Close To Home". (I always thought that was going to be difficult to sustain indefinitely, myself.)
Titles to check out on the 2008 list include Toni Jordan's Addition and Sophie Cunningham's Bird (both of which I have read and liked), Nam Le's collection of stories, The Boat, and an anthology of Australian science fiction which looks pretty darn cool.
Who are these guys? do we know any of these names? speak now, or forever hold your peace. Link via ReadySteadyBook blog.
If you are interested in work in translation, it might be fun to follow ReadySteadyBook blogger Mark Thwaite's progress through the reading for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for 2009 - he will be blogging about it here.
MTV is taking the attitude that if it cannot beat illegal users of its material, it will join them. Link via ReadWriteWeb.
Finally - Peacay has some great shots of 'old' Sydney, here.