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Judith Kerr, author of the much-loved children’s classics The Tiger Who Came to Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, tells the story of her family’s last-minute escape from the Nazi regime – they left Berlin on the same day Hitler came to… read more
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.
The winning passage was the climax of a three-way sex scene between all of his main characters, living in… read more
Vikki Wakefield is the author of Friday Brown, currently shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award (Young Adult) and All I Ever Wanted, which was shortlisted in the same category in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in 2012.
We spoke to her about writing a Silver… read more
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… read more
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.
Here… read more
Writing for The New York Review of Books, Zadie Smith considers our relationship with the figure of the corpse in art and in life. She describes our ‘anxious double consciousness – it’s not me/it will be me’.
Luke Beesley is working on his fourth poetry collection, American Typewriter. His third collection, New Works on Paper, was published by Giramondo in August this year. Luke is currently one of our Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows.
We spoke to Luke about the ‘hysterical popularity’ of… read more
Toni Jordan reflects on her own days of teenage unemployment, as she looks at The House that Was Eureka, 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… read more
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). They spoke to host Dan Debuf about the process of bringing the… read more
Ever wanted to know what it was like to work in publishing at the heart of the Big Apple? Daniel Menaker, the publisher of Primary Colours, Colum McCann and Elizabeth Strout, has written a juicily revealing memoir, extracted on Vulture… read more
Bethanie Blanchard is Crikey’s literary blogger, at Liticism, and a regular contributor to Guardian Australia. She reviews regularly for the Australian.
We spoke to Bethanie about her first piece – about Dexter, the doubt that comes with life as a freelancer, and the thrill of reading… read more
A YouTube musical comedy hit – and global digital bestseller – will hit the shelves as a children’s book in the US this Christmas.
Brothers Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker, who perform as Ylvis, shot to worldwide fame in September when the YouTube clip for their absurd song, What Does the Fox… read more
Amazon opened a local online store last week – but Australians have been buying there for years already. How many of us buy ebooks, and where do we buy them from? What are local booksellers doing to keep up with their customers – and what do customers really want? We take a look.
‘Booksell… read more
Nobel prize-winning author Doris Lessing, author of over 50 books, has died, aged 94. Best known for her controversial bestseller The Golden Notebook, which made her a reluctant feminist icon, Lessing was a lifelong activist who lived an unconventional life.
Born in Persia (now Iran)… read more
A new fleet of women-only taxis, driven by women and only for female passengers, may be on the way – in response to a series of Age articles about lone women being assaulted by taxi drivers late at night. ‘Victoria’s taxi authority has been… read more
The Fifty Shades of Grey wine range has just been launched. ‘Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey, reflecting the sensuality that pervades every encounter between Anastasia and Christian,’ says E.L. James, explaining why branded wine seemed like ‘a natural extension of… read more
Amazon has launched an Australian ebookstore today, offering over 2 million ebooks.
The site highlights various local titles on its front page, including Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, Tim Winton’s Eyrie, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, Di Morrissey’s Tears From the Moon and Germaine… read more
Tim Dunlop, author of The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience, argues we need to stop talking about new media versus old media and instead look at ways for them to work together in service of the citizens they purport to serve.
Like most Melburnians, most of my free… read more
When Annabel Smith received her royalty statement from her well-reviewed second novel, Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, she was devastated. She takes a deeper look at the cold climate for professional writers and questions how writers can make a living, if not from their craft – and why good… read more
Kate Forsyth vividly recalls how childhood illness made books a kind of magical escape from present pain, and her lifelong fascination for Rapunzel – which culminated in her retelling the classic tale her own way.
Malcolm Knox is the former literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and the author of four novels: Summerland, A Private Man, Jamaica and The Life. He is also a Walkley Award-winning journalist and author of many non-fiction titles. His latest book is Boom: The Underground History of… read more
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