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Attending writers’ festivals during the decline of actual books

Attending writers’ festivals during the decline of actual books

Publishers are furious that Melbourne Writers Festival isn't about the printed word anymore, but the knowledge class' dirty secret is they would rather sink into Netflix than the printed word anyway.

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

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

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

Sacred Cows: when your masterpiece is an unreadable mess

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

Don’t mess with possum magic

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

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

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 …

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

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

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

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.