November 3, 2009 2
After nearly 40 years of public support for our literature, dramatic literature is still the poor relation, writes Katherine Brisbane. Are plays really that difficult to enjoy?
October 9, 2009 1
Big Les Murray has been dudded again after the Nobel Prize for Literature went to Romanian-born German language poet Herta Mueller, writes Guy Rundle.
October 8, 2009
Author Hilary Mantel has been awarded the Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall, and rarely has the award gone to someone more deserving, says Neel Mukherjee. It is the most gripping book you’ll ever read.
September 17, 2009
Author Philip Pullman has laid into fellow writer Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, labelling the characters "flat and two-dimensional" and the prose "stunted and ugly". Ouch.
September 8, 2009
September 7, 2009
Literary figures are long time lovers of drinking and alcoholism. Would you have been more likely to share a tipple with Oscar Wilde or a rum with Ernest Hemingway? Take the quiz!
September 7, 2009 4
Simon Hughes defends Peter Craven's controversial critique of The Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature.
September 4, 2009 5
Peter Craven’s highly theatrical review of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature in the September issue of Australian Book Review is worth picking a fight over, says Sophie Cunningham.
August 26, 2009
This season, the trendiest books will be baring it all with new "in" thing in book design: forgoing the jacket and printing the art straight on to a hard-back cover. Less is more.
August 20, 2009
Author Alain de Botton is writing a new book -- from the middle of London's Heathrow Airport. His book, masterminded by the airport's PR department, will document his experiences living in the airport for a week, chatting to travellers, baggage handlers, airline executives and others.