Editing, publishing & book design
Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris
What's it like to devote your whole working life to language, as a literary translator or as an editor?
In September, we'll be joined from New York by two brilliant bilingual friends, both of whom have shaped the linguistic landscape in distinctive ways. Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris met as young copy editors at the New Yorker magazine. Norris went…
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Briggs: Our Home, Our Heartbeat
Marlee Silva, left, and Briggs
Adam Briggs – better known simply as Briggs – is a Yorta Yorta rapper, record label owner, comedy writer and actor. He’s part of the ARIA-winning hip hop duo A.B. Original, and outside of music, he’s appeared regularly in ABC TV shows (Black Comedy, Cleverman, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering). Recently, he’s been a writer for Matt Groening’s animated Netflix series, Disenchantment.
Now, Briggs adds children’s book author to his CV. Adapted from his song, ‘The Children Came Back’ – with illustrators Kate Moon and Rachael Sarra – Our Home, Our Heartbeat is a beautiful picture book that celebrates Indigenous resilience, honours legends past and present, and salutes emerging generations of the oldest continuous culture on earth.
'You weren’t that yesterday; you’re this today. What could you be tomorrow?'Briggs
In conversation with writer, podcaster and Tiddas 4 Tiddas co-founder Marlee Silva, Briggs talks about the importance of children seeing themselves in picture books – and the rise of books (like Young Dark Emu and Welcome to Country) that distil complex conversations into accessible formats.
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The Stella Prize in Conversation
Clare Wright and Alexis Wright — Photo: Jon Tjhia
In this talk, we hear from freshly-announced 2018 Stella Prize winner Alexis Wright in conversation with past winners Emily Bitto and Clare Wright, and host Toni Jordan. They talk about the impact the award has had on their writing, their careers and Australian literary culture.
In recent months, the stories of women – and with them, impediments to women’s media participation – have taken a pointed and particular prominence in mainstream culture, underpinning sustained social and political movements. One of many takeaways from those movements has been a widespread emphasis on how women might experience, and process, the world we all share.
Toni Jordan and Emily Bitto — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Now in its sixth year, the Stella Prize was founded to do just that – and to elevate the writing of Australian women with an annual, $50,000 literary prize. Spanning both fiction and non-fiction, the prize also runs year-round programmes encouraging recognition of Australian women’s writing. Its shortlist is a deserving fixture on any discerning reader’s calendar.
How Do Writers Get Paid?
The past decade or so has seen incredible changes in how we read. New devices, platforms and marketplaces for books have risen and fallen, while traditional publishing houses and booksellers have adapted to suit readers’ changing habits and preferences. But how have things changed for authors? In the midst of all the upheaval, who’s looking out for them – and…
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Designing Books with Sandy Cull and Imogen Stubbs
Our Magic Hour (design by Imogen Stubbs, bottom centre) and Resurrection Bay (design by Sandy Cull, top centre)
As much as we're doing ebooks, it's still very much about the object.Imogen Stubbs
For this episode we brought two of Australia's best book designers together for a podcast-only conversation about their careers, their craft and how it all comes together.
Sandy Cull is a freelance book designer and a member of the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame, while Imogen Stubbs is an emerging designer and art director at Text Publishing. Coming at this conversation from different angles, they compare notes on the book design industry, the creative process and how they've worked with authors and publishers to create the perfect cover.
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Amazon Swallows Book Depository
Amazon has announced that it will be buying out online UK bookseller Book Depository. The move will give Amazon a virtual monopoly of online sales of print books in many countries. Founded in 2004, Book Depository has established a dedicated customer base in Australia and many other countries because of its ‘free shipping’, a feature it offers to some 90 countries worldwide, making it…
Daunting Task to Revive Waterstone’s
Online book retailers Amazon and Waterstone’s have both announced that ebooks are outselling print books. Amazon ebooks for its Kindle device are selling more than all hardbacks and paperbacks combined, not including free downloads. The caveat to this news is that the figures reflect volume, not value. Many Amazon ebook bestsellers sell for US$0.99.
In other news, Waterstone’s has been sold by its embattled…
Spineless Wonders Bravely Wanders Into the Fray
There’s a new Australian publisher in town. Congratulations to Spineless Wonders, who have just published their first book, Julie Chevalier’s Permission to Lie. Why ‘spineless’? According to the website, “because [our stories will] be delivered to readers via smart phones and laptops. Spineless Wonders stories are for any person, anywhere, who has a digital device and a little time on their hands… And…
Brave New Book World
One of our biggest themes here at Wheeler Centre Dailies in recent times has been the future of the book. JE Fishman at The Nervous Breakdown has given readers his take on the topic - and Fishman’s future isn’t as grim as Guy Rundle fears. The article is worth a read in its entirety, but here are the bare bones:Superstores will disappear. Independent…
Vale Di Gribble
Family and friends are gathering this morning to mourn the loss of Diana Gribble AM, one of the pre-eminent figures in the local and national publishing industry over recent decades.
Detail of a portrait of Di Gribble sourced from ArtsHub
Many tributes and obituaries have been published in the days since Di passed away of cancer last week at the age of 69. The…
McSweeney’s Launches Three New Ventures
The McSweeney’s empire continues to grow apace. Last week, Dave Eggers and co announced the launch of two new imprints under the McSweeney’s umbrella. The Bay-Citizen reports that “chef David Chang of Momofuku fame in New York announced that his quarterly project, Lucky Peach, will have a print component done by McSweeney’s as well as an iPad app”. There’s a cookbook also in the…
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