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.
April 17, 2018 4
William Faulkner's The Sound and The Fury was originally published to little fanfare. There was a reason for that.
June 24, 2016
Australian authors Jackie French and Mem Fox respond to yesterday's article on parallel import restrictions on books.
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.
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.
May 22, 2014 1
Beware trigger warnings, the lamest right-wing beat-up of our time. Plus other media tidbits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.