Topic archives: literature

Rundle: Philip Roth wanders in St. Peter’s office …

May 24, 2018 15

The "last American vitalist" pays a visit to the pearly gates to explain what all the obituaries are getting wrong about him.

Sacred Cows: when your masterpiece is an unreadable mess

April 17, 2018 4

William Faulkner's The Sound and The Fury was originally published to little fanfare. There was a reason for that.

Don’t mess with possum magic

June 24, 2016

Australian authors Jackie French and Mem Fox respond to yesterday's article on parallel import restrictions on books.

Don’t ask, don’t tell: my year of non-disclosure agreements

Don’t ask, don’t tell: my year of non-disclosure agreements

May 5, 2015

After a string of literary rejections, Murray Middleton wins one of Australia's most prestigious literary awards -- and isn't allowed to tell anybody about it.

Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

May 27, 2014 42

We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.

Media briefs: trigger beat-up … online news … police apology …

Media briefs: trigger beat-up … online news … police apology …

May 22, 2014 1

Beware trigger warnings, the lamest right-wing beat-up of our time. Plus other media tidbits.

Eureka! Literary ladies celebrate a Stella year for book lovers

Eureka! Literary ladies celebrate a Stella year for book lovers

April 30, 2014 2

Historian Clare Wright has won the Stella prize for literature for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, and a literary who's who were out in force at last night's awards ceremony.

Margaret Drabble on disability, prolepsis — and pesky editors

Margaret Drabble on disability, prolepsis — and pesky editors

February 27, 2014

British author Margaret Drabble is still writing about women, children and careers in the 1960s and 1970s. But as a Melbourne audience found out, her latest book risked not being published at all.

A twisty, cosmic tale crowns the youngest-ever Booker winner

A twisty, cosmic tale crowns the youngest-ever Booker winner

October 16, 2013

Eleanor Catton is the youngest person ever to win the Man Booker Prize, and for the longest book. And yet the New Zealander's 832-page epic tome is still compulsively readable.

Young NZ author wins spot on Man Booker shortlist

Young NZ author wins spot on Man Booker shortlist

September 11, 2013

The shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize is out -- and a 28-year-old author from New Zealand could be the youngest ever winner of the prestigious literary gong.

Australia loves Boris Johnson, the Tory clown

Australia loves Boris Johnson, the Tory clown

August 23, 2013 18

Tory celebrity Boris Johnson wowed the crowd when he spoke in Melbourne last night, with his blend of old-school Britishness and flattery of Australia. But was there much substance to him?

On time passing, and India changing: writer Anita Desai reflects

On time passing, and India changing: writer Anita Desai reflects

May 22, 2013

Thrice nominated for the Booker Prize, writer Anita Desai reflected on her place in India's rapidly changing literary canon in a speech in Melbourne last night.

From sausage fest to ladies’ choice: Miles Franklin returns to her roots

From sausage fest to ladies’ choice: Miles Franklin returns to her roots

April 30, 2013 1

Female writers have stormed back into contention for the Miles Franklin -- this year it's the men left off the shortlist. So is it reactionism or simply a stellar year for women authors?

‘Mad beyond the dreams of Tamburlaine’: Rinehart book reviewed

‘Mad beyond the dreams of Tamburlaine’: Rinehart book reviewed

December 12, 2012 32

Gina Rinehart's latest book is weirdly amateur, and portrays the mining magnate as delusional and blind to how she is being perceived, writes literary critic Cameron Woodhead.

Advance Australian authors Fair: why writing a book might not pay

Advance Australian authors Fair: why writing a book might not pay

October 11, 2012 2

A debut novelist in Australia could earn less than $5000 from their publisher as an advance for their book. Crikey speaks to publishers, authors and agents about the delicate topic of advances.

Memories of Maurice Sendak

May 9, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak passed away yesterday, aged 83. Gawker pays tribute to Sendak and the magical worlds he created with a collection of quotes, videos and drawings.

Travel by the book: literary tourism

April 10, 2012

Last week, Lisa Dempster walked the halls of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, once again a literary tourist in a foreign city. Just like shopping, eating or sightseeing abroad can reveal a lot about a place, so too can its literary culture.

A place in which to write

A place in which to write

February 2, 2012

The ways we write can be as important as what it is we write, says Bethanie Blanchard. The little rituals or habits, the strange superstitions we have about composing, the things that must occur if we are to have any success.

Re-writing literary history: what happens when you kill the main character

November 8, 2011

Harry Potter author JK Rowling recently announced that she nearly killed off sidekick Ron Weasley midway through the series. Jon Methven examines what would happen if some of literature's favourite characters had been edited off the page.

Did a man or woman write this?

June 6, 2011

In recent weeks debate has erupted in Oz over female authors. But can you easily differentiate between the writings of a man and a woman? Take The Guardian's interactive test...