Festivals of future past
Here’s what’s on today at the Melbourne Writers Festival. There’s still a whole weekend left, and time to join the quietest riot there is: #onboardbookclub. If you’re taking a tram during the festival (or at any other point in your life, really) put down your phone and read a book. Add reviews and check the hashtag to see what other commuters are reading.
You might have missed out on the Adelaide Writers’ Festival, but you don’t need to miss their 2014 podcasts. They feature authors such as David Malouf, Christian Tsiolkas, Hannah Kent and Alexander McCall Smith. Check out the full listing here, or look them up on iTunes.
Mini-festival of sorts Late Night Library is a series of events at Haymarket Library and brought to you by Seizure. We'll be kicking off with a night of rants on Wednesday 3 September. All events are free; check them out here!
For the younger set
Here’s the Telegraph’s list of the best Young Adult fiction for 2014, acting as if the year is over when it clearly is not.
The Sunday Book Review of The New York Times has published a conversation with Malala Yousafzai, author of I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, discussing the books that have shaped her life. It is a wonderful insight into the way that books can influence a young person’s mind and aid in the healing process.
Over at the New York Public Library, some wonderful librarians have put together a list of diverse children’s books in response to the viral hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. The list includes authors, artists and characters from diverse backgrounds, and promotes the view that ‘literature has the power to instantiate universal human truths through stories told around the globe, across gender lines, and from varying religious perspectives.’ If you have little ones in your life, check out some of these titles. It's never too early to gift your children with the habit of reading a book in bed by the light of a torch long after you have yelled at them to go to sleep.
Advice from me to you via someone else
Here’s some good advice about applying for arts funding and fellowships in Australia from Charlotte Wood, author of Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food. Apparently there’s no need to actually be a starving artist. You can snack as much as you like.
Jenny Valentish, author of Cherry Bomb, has posted her publishing schedule on her blog, to make you feel a tiny bit guilty for wasting the last 18 months of your life on pitiful things like breathing.
I’m looking at you, person who stayed up all night writing seven pages about your protagonist agonising over the ethics of time-travel. Here’s how to stay awake at work without looking like someone dug you up and reanimated you.
Also, JD Salinger’s house is up for sale. Buy it now before some phony ruins the wainscoting.
Phew! This week was a mouthful. See you in a fortnight.