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A Chance Encounter with Christine Sun’s Interactive Novel
As part of the Wheeler Centre's Hot Desk Fellowship programme, Christine Sun has been working on Chance Encounter – an interactive, 'choose your own adventure' novel. At each chapter's end, you're presented with two narrative choices; Sun expects that Chance Encounter will have a total of 127 chapters – 'each serving as…
Working with Words: Rachel Bin Salleh
Rachel Bin Salleh is the publisher at Magabala Books in Broome. A Nimanburr, Yawuru and Bunuba woman, she began at Magabala as an editorial intern in 1993. This week, she talks to us about new ways to tell 'ancient' stories, pragmatism and the importance of reading (you twit!).
Quick Draw: Did Salman Rushdie invent the Aero bar?
In Quick Draw, Sophie Quick answers the obscure literary questions you never actually asked.
Funny Farms: the secret lives of sketch-writers
How do comedy writers juggle their own comedic voices with those of the performers they're writing for? And what role does ego play in the writing, and delivery, of punchlines? Anthony Morris finds out.
Working with Words: Anna Snoekstra
Melbourne-based writer Anna Snoekstra's debut novel, Only Daughter, will be published in Australia later this month. A tense psychological thriller, it tells the story of a missing girl … and a desperate imposter who assumes her identity, only to slowly discover the truth of her disappearance. The book has…
Craig Silvey on Adapting Jasper Jones
Craig Silvey's novel Jasper Jones – about small-town prejudice in 1960s Western Australia – was published to great acclaim (and flattering comparisons to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird) back in 2009. Since then, the novel has taken on a life of its own. An adaptation of the novel for theatre, written…
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Federal Minister Questions Viability of Bookshops
Federal Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry predicted this morning that online shopping will wipe out bookstores within the next five years. Senator Sherry made the comments at the launch of a campaign called Driving Business Online, an initiative intended to encourage small business owners to develop the online side of their business.
The Australian Booksellers Association’s CEO Joel Becker said he was “gobsmacked”…
Dymocks Opens the Floodgates
A leading Australian book retailer is getting into the publishing business with the launch of an online self-publishing service. Dymocks is the first major Australian book retailer to have entered the online publishing fray with the D Publishing Network. The service offers a fully-functional suite of services for turning a standard Word document into a book and/or ebook. The service can print colour images…
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