Undercover: book news

Undercover: book news

Tim Winton’s new novel, Eyrie, is out in October 2013. Photo: Simon SchluterUBIQUITOUS WINTON
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With Tim Winton’s new novel Eyrie, coming out later this month from Penguin, the author is everywhere. (You can read our interview with Winton next weekend.) Robert Connelly’s film adaptation of The Turning, Winton’s 2005 short story collection, is a bleak but beautiful patchwork created by 17 directors who each chose and interpreted a story in individual ways, from animation to dance and narratives with recurring characters played by different actors. Although deliberately disjointed, the pieces gradually link up and give an insight into the way we read – each of us conjuring different mental images of a story and its characters (is Victor Lang Aboriginal, white, red-haired, blond?) – as well as intensely portraying Winton’s fascination with the male psyche and Western Australia.


There have been many incarnations of Winton’s 1991 novel Cloudstreet, including a 21st anniversary edition from Penguin last year. But none of them matches the quality of the new Folio Society edition, illustrated by Sam Pash, who grew up in southern WA around the novel’s settings. In an introduction, English-born novelist Alex Miller writes that when he arrived in Australia in 1953 at 16 he was welcomed by the uneducated, poor, working people Winton celebrates. Cloudstreet is “the greatest Australian novel … about the iconic and rapidly disappearing class of white Australians who gave the people of this continent its reputation as one of the freest and most generous-hearted on the planet,” he says. And it is “as masterful as anything Chekhov ever wrote” and “one of the greatest acts of the human imagination of the late 20th century”. If you haven’t read the novel often voted Australia’s favourite, this might encourage you.


The Sydney Story Factory, founded by former Herald literary editor Cath Keenan, continues its wonderful work inspiring children to write and giving them the tools to do so. In The Home Project, students aged seven to 17 will spend a year writing stories about life in the Redfern/Waterloo area; they will interview residents and work with writers and editors to produce a book called Home, due out next August. An interactive map will also showcase stories during the year. To support the factory, on October 11 you can bid for artworks based on children’s books by artists including Bret Whiteley, Tim Storrier, Jasper Knight, Wendy Sharpe, Peter Kingston and Narelle Autio. See sydneystoryfactory杭州夜网.au.


The Australian Society of Authors is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a three-day National Writers’ Congress (October 17-19) at the National Maritime Museum. Anna Funder and Thomas Keneally will deliver opening addresses. Panels of writers, publishers and other professionals including Susan Johnson, Angelo Loukakis, Sophie Cunningham, Sandy Grant, Kate Forsyth, Sophie Masson and Antony Loewenstein will discuss the past, present and future of the writer’s life and craft: how to use new media, find readers, earn a living, handle copyright, and other issues. Melissa Lucashenko will give the Colin Simpson Memorial lecture at the State Library of NSW. And there’s literary speed dating at the ASA offices in Ultimo, where you can pitch your work to publishers and agents. See asauthors杭州夜网.


The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.