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From Unpublished to Published

From Unpublished to Published

How satisfying it is to be right about a book! Amy Vought Barker has been awarded the Queensland Premier’s Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript for Omega Park. You might remember Amy from my series of ‘Best Unpublished Books’ posts, and my strong support for her creative, experimental project Remix My Lit, which is still up […]

David Foster Wallace

Many have blogged about the incredibly sad suicide of David Foster Wallace. I didn’t know what to say at first because it is only through his death that I have come to him and his obviously amazing work. I found the nature of this encounter sad and strange. But I have learnt a lot over […]

Late Connections by Aileen La Tourette

2008, Ilura Press, 978921325052 It’s a shame to read a story that feels as though it has been wrestled into the wrong medium. Aileen La Tourette’s Late Connections might have made a good dramatic play with its style, overt exposition, and historical setting. We begin in Paris, where seamstress Annie Doulard works on the dress […]

What I Did on Indigenous Literacy Day

On Wednesday September 3, booksellers, publishers and members of the public got involved with Indigenous Literacy Day. Of books sold on the day from participating retailers 10% was donated to the Indigenous Literacy Project. Around the country, various events and fundraisers were also held. My colleague Katie, and I, attended an event at the State […]

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Join the Revolution! An interview with Antony Loewenstein on The Blogging Revolution

The Blogging Revolution, Melbourne University Press, September (Aus/US), 9780522854909 The bloggers and dissidents that Antony Loewenstein meets up with in The Blogging Revolution are from repressive regimes Iran, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and China. Some face torture and imprisonment for speaking out – not just about political issues, but on details of their social […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2008 Diary – Part 3

Saturday August 30 I’ve known for years I have to do something about the fact I’ve only read three of John Marsden’s books. And now he’s gone and adapted my favourite Shakespeare tragedy Hamlet. Unmissable. Especially when he talked with such genuine passion about his influences in the session ‘Old Wine in New Bottles’ on […]

Stefan Laszczuk on I Dream of Magda

I Dream of Magda, August 08 (Australia) Allen & Unwin, 9781741755015 (Aus, US/Kindle) This interview was first published in the July 2008 issue of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2008 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC).  See also the review.  You describe it beautifully in the book, but can you tell us a little bit about […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2008 Diary – Part 2

All book links are to Readings Bookstore, supporter of Indigenous Literacy Day and official MWF bookstore. Thursday August 28 Let me begin by explaining how your humble narrator’s face became projected on a wall. As you may well know, my favourite book of 2007 is The Trout Opera by Matthew Condon. I finally got to […]

Indigenous Literacy Day – Wednesday September 3, 2008

I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch (Graeme Base) open on my lap at four years old, tasting the different worlds at the top of The Magic Faraway Tree at seven, devouring the ‘unreal’ Paul Jennings at eight, crying in Two Weeks With the Queen with […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2008 Diary – Part 1

Friday August 22 Sometimes Augusten Burroughs’ memory stretches deep and wide, a vivid pool. It is due in part to an element of autism in his bloodline. This is how he remembers looking through the saltine cracker at his mother at one-and-a-half, as described in A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father. […]