Authors and their itinerant lives; the debate about identifying literary critics; and the debut novel by a Sydney author making its mark in Los Angeles.
The strange news that Casey Donovan was duped by woman posing as a mysterious male suitor, revealed in her tell-all autobiography Big, Beautiful & Sexy, has generated plenty of sympathy for the former Australian Idol winner. But it's left people scratching their heads too: how could such a thing happen? And why?
This timely book is about more than just the 1914 hunt for the SMS Emden.
Joy Dettman is the award-winning author of short stories and 13 novels including Mallawindy, Ripples on a Pond, Jacaranda Blue, and her latest, The Tying of Threads (Pan Macmillan), which is the sixth and final novel in the Woody Creek series.
On the shelf tihs week: When We Go Walkabout, The Lost Child, Season to Taste and more.
Filmmaker, musician and author Rayya Elias talks about her favourite books.
Nearing 80, writer David Malouf continues to draw on his young self as inspiration for his work. He talks to Susan Wyndham.
Captain James Stirling, proposer and first governor of the Swan River colony, suggested the name of Hesperia for its capital. But fanciful classicism and mythic prestige lost out to political pragmatism. The member for Perth in the British parliament became minister for war and colonies, so that in 1829 the name declared the instrumental and political interests more fitting to a settler colony.
Canberra author Kerry-Anne Walsh has been nominated for an Indie Award for The Stalking of Julia Gillard.
This book reprints the 2013 Massey Lectures originally broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and later on the ABC. Lawrence Hill, a well-known author and novelist, roams essayistically around the subject, moving in a few pages from the 17th-century Spanish nun and writer Sor Juana de la Cruz, who was forced by the Inquisition to give up poetry and signed the document abjuring it in her own blood, to 18th-century duels, to ritualised on-field punch-ups in ice hockey. The book doesn't have a strong argument, but opens out the topic in always-stimulating ways.