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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

No CBCA Shortlist Yet!

Usually, at this time of year, the CBCA announces its shortlist of books for the CBCA Book of the Year. This year, they've changed. Instead of releasing the shortlist now, when we could get stuck into the reading and arrange activities to go with it, they're releasing a long list - after the holidays! - and the shortlist is being delayed till May, at the CBCA Conference.

Look, I understand the judges have a lot of books to get through and if that was given as the reason, I'd sort of understand, though they seem to have managed all these years. Instead, the web site makes it sound like a wonderful new system, meant to spread things out and make it all more exciting.

Do they want to be more like other awards, I wonder?

But the long list of the CBCA Awards isn't about nine or ten books like other awards. It's called the Notables and is really long, unless they're planning to shorten it for the new system. That might be the case. I hope so.

And we have to wait till halfway through term for the shortlist.

Oh, well, there are the Inkys and the YABBAs to keep me busy in the meantime. 

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