The University of Canberra launched the UC Book Project in November 2012, with the announcement of the chosen book that would be required reading for all commencing undergraduate students in 2013. The inaugural UC Book of the Year for 2013 was the multi-award winning novel Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. The UC Book of the Year for 2014 was Room by Emma Donoghue and the UC Book of the Year for 2015 was The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
The UC Book of the Year is required reading for all commencing students at the University of Canberra and a free copy will be provided to every commencing student regardless of their course, as well as all academic, professional and general staff at the university. The book is available as a paperback or as an eBook.
This year, the Book of The Year Awards celebrates its 70th anniversary making it the longest running book awards in Australia. From the small list of books entered in 1946, entries have now grown to over 400, highlighting the strength and richness of Australian publishing for children, and the talent of those who create the books.
This will chronicle the history of the American century as seen through the eyes of its novelists. The goal is to create a literary anatomy of the last century—or, to be precise, from 1900 to 2014. In each column I’ll write about a single novel and the year it was published. The novel may not be the bestselling book of the year, the most praised, or the most highly awarded—though awards do have a way of fixing an age’s conventional wisdom in aspic. The idea is to choose a novel that, looking back from a safe distance, seems most accurately, and eloquently, to speak for the time in which it was written. Other than that there are few rules. I won’t pick any stinkers.—Nathaniel Rich