It’s that time of year when passionate readers and published writers (and critics) alike put together their lists of their favourite books of the year. We’ve brought together some ‘Best Books 2013’ lists to set the scene, from sources as disparate as the New York Times and Melbourne’s own Readings.
Chloe Hooper’s first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book. The Tall Man, her non-fiction account of the death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee, won many literary awards. Chloe’s latest novel is The Engagement, published in 2012.
One of the twentieth century’s most beloved children’s books might have been influenced by the author’s flight from the Nazis as a child. Fourteen screenwriters share their secrets. What made Aldous Huxley so influential? Work attitudes are inherited from our parents, says a new study. And an ex-agent tells why all writers should be treated with dignity – even those in the slush pile.
Tripod is a musical comedy trio, absorbing a broad range of performance styles into their armoury of parody, satire and improvisation. Their latest studio album is Men of Substance, and in early 2013, they starred in the title role of The Dragon (Malthouse Theatre).
Vikki Wakefield’s second novel, Friday Brown, is currently shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (Young Adult). We spoke to her about writing a Silver Brumby spin-off when she was ten, the fact that the chain of events that gave birth to All I Ever Wanted began at a nightclub, and hitting it off with the grown-up version of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby.
Joan Collins announced the winner of the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Prize in London today, presenting the award to American-based Manil Suri for his third novel, The City of Devi.
Austrian artist Klaus Pichler has created a bizarre yet familiar photographic series, Just the Two of Us, photographing different kinds of people who habitually wear costumes, in their homes. The dissonance between the outlandish appearance of the subjects and their very ordinary surrounds is striking.
Buzzfeed has just published a fascinating article, interviewing 21 famous writers on how they wrote their first books, and the advice they’d give to beginning writers. Those interviewed include Sam Lipsyte, Wells Tower, Charlaine Harris, Junot Diaz, Sloane Crosley and Rachel Kushner.
In this week’s Friday High Five, Zadie Smith explores our relationship with the figure of the corpse in art and in life, famous authors answer candidly the question of symbolism in their work, and sisters are doing it for themselves… in boxing gloves, on ladders.
We speak to poet and Hot Desk Fellow Luke Beesley about the ‘hysterical popularity’ of poetry, loving his publisher, and learning how to live off very little money.
Toni Jordan reflects on her own days of teenage unemployment, and on Nadia Wheatley’s classic novel of workers rights and human relationships in 1930s and 1980s Sydney – during the Great Depression and the economic recession. As we live through precarious economic times again, it’s especially timely.
A video parody of the Beastie Boys' hit ‘Girls’, encouraging girls to forgo princesses for toolkits, is at the centre of a copyright lawsuit – a pre-emptive one, brought by toy company GoldieBlox, makers of the ad, after they were contacted by the Beastie Boys' lawyers. The Beasties have issued an open letter saying that while they admire the ad’s creativity and message, they have made a conscious decision not to allow their music or name to be used in product ads.
In perhaps our most anticipated event of 2013, Game of Thrones fans had the chance to meet creator George R.R. Martin and one of the actors who brought his fictional universe to life: Michelle Fairley (aka Catelyn Stark). We present the video of the event – and selected highlights from their talk.
Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean heritage. She is the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole (Picaro Press, 2009) and Nothing Here Needs Fixing (Picaro Press, 2013), the title poem of which won the 2013 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize.
Singer/songwriter Henry Wagons was recently named one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Influential People. Rolling Stone compared his sound to ‘the lovechild of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash’.
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