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Do Not Ask for Whom the Pinball Chimes
Can we cheat death with words? Of course we can't – but we'll probably die trying, as David Astle attested at the Wheeler Centre Gala 2017.
Working with Words: Amelia Lester
Raised in Sydney and educated at Harvard, Amelia Lester is the former executive online editor at the New Yorker. She returned home last year to serve as the editor of Fairfax's Good Weekend magazine. As Amelia prepares to depart from that role, and for new adventures in Japan, she chatted with…
Working with Words: Rick Morton
Rick Morton is the Melbourne-based social affairs writer at the Australian. We caught up with Rick to chat about Kurt Vonnegut, The Little Prince and hard-headedness versus hard-heartedness.
Working with Sound: Richard Fidler
Richard Fidler is the presenter of ABC Radio National’s Conversations with Richard Fidler. In 2016, he co-created Saga Land – a four-part series on the sagas of Iceland – with Kári Gíslason. We talked to him about ancient Viking sagas, the linear nature of radio narration and how making audio features can be like recording…
Working with Words: Anne Gracie
At the turn of the century, Anne Gracie set out to knock out a couple of romances while she forged a proper literary career. Instead, she fell in love with the genre. She's since written 20 books of historical romance fiction and her novels have been translated into 18 languages…
Working with Words: Angela Slatter
Angela Slatter is an award-winning Brisbane-based writer specialising in dark fantasy and horror. She's best known for short stories and is the author of collections The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings and Black-Winged Angels, as…
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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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