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Did a man or woman write this?

Did a man or woman write this?

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...

An intriguing read that paints a vivid portrait of the publishing industry

An intriguing read that paints a vivid portrait of the publishing industry

Does a plug by another author on a book cover ever convince you to buy it? Author Bill Morris explains the delicate business of 'blurbing', where writers indulge in mutual pats-on-the-back and help aspiring writers get their books onto shelves.

Make some time for the classics

Make some time for the classics

Angela Meyer, of Crikey's books blog Literary Minded, is going to read 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. All book-lovers have gaps in their reading -- will you join her in catching up?

Sophie Cunningham: is writing evolving?

Sophie Cunningham: is writing evolving?

Is form following function? Are we evolving? Or, to the question I want to consider here: is writing evolving? And is there a danger of Australian writers losing their distinctive voice, asks writer and editor Sophie Cunningham?

Totally hip book reviews with Ron Charles

Totally hip book reviews with Ron Charles

He may not be as hot as the inflammatory James Wood, or as icily cool as J M Coetzee, the only critic to have won the Nobel and two Bookers, but Ron Charles has many virtues as a book reviewer that draw him close: he is judicious but merciful; rigorous but generous, says W H Chong.

Do you write for yourself or an audience?

Do you write for yourself or an audience?

It's a common issue with authors: who is the target audience? For an intensely private activity, writing can have very public repercussions. And the sweet innocence of a first novel can never be replicated, notes Jessica Au.

Book people face audience verdict: “Boring”

Book people face audience verdict: “Boring”

While Rome fiddles, book people burn. A brief illustrated report on a small but critical event beyond Canberra, by W H Chong.

Tony Martin: Byron, books and bombing out in public

Tony Martin: Byron, books and bombing out in public

If you thought being an author on the panel of the Byron Bay Writers Festival was a glam affair, Tony Martin will prove you wrong. There's little signing of autographs or selling books, but lots of jealously for Bret Easton Ellis' popularity.

The famous last words of famous authors

The famous last words of famous authors

A collection of literature's famous last words, from Anton Chekov's "It's a long time since I drank champagne" to Virginia Woolf's "I feel certain that I'm going mad again …"

Writers can’t write for free forever

Writers can’t write for free forever

The rise of Australia's literary journal blogs as intellectual spaces is a great thing. But with no money in blogging, can an effective long term model be found to sustain them? asks Jessica Au.