There are no good books, says American writer Lev Grossman - an unnerving opinion from a successful author of five novels who also spends much of his working life assessing other writers' books as critic for Time magazine.
Jason Steger Emma Viskic's debut novel, Resurrection Bay, has picked up four crime-writing awards in a weekend of triumph for the Melbourne writer.
Andrew Brown As Literacy and Numeracy Week approaches, a program is under way in Canberra to boost literacy levels in children long before they begin school.
Andrew Purcell The Mandibles is Lionel Shriver's new book. Will it be as widely successful as We Need to Talk About Kevin, the book that made her rich and famous? It certainly has all the controversial elements.
Natasha Rudra This is a story of how the internet sometimes makes dreams come wildly true.
Susan Wyndham Writers' festival season is well underway wherever you may be in the country with the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival on this weekend (canberrawritersfestival.com.au) and Melbourne Writers Festival (mwf.org.au) sprawling over this weekend and next. Closer to home, Sydney Jewish Writers Festival opens on Saturday evening at Bondi Pavilion, continues all day Sunday at Waverley Library, with a final session on stress-free parenting with Shelley Davidow on Monday morning (sjwf.org.au). I will be part of the launch of Rebellious Daughters, an anthology of memoirs by Australian women, along with editors Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman, and another contributor, Leah Kaminsky, who will also join me with Steven Amsterdam and Rabbi David Freeman in a session called "We Need to Talk about Dying". Other speakers include David Gonski, Arnold Zable, Mireille Juchau, and in the children's program Anna and Barbara Feinberg, the mother and daughter who for 20 years have created the popular Tashi books.
Jason Steger A.S. Patric has won Australia's premier literary prize for his novel about refugees from Bosnia dealing with their trauma as they struggle to create new lives for themselves in Melbourne.
Gretchen Shirm is a writer and lawyer. She has been published in The Best Australian Stories, Etchings, Wet Ink, and Southerly. She was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for her collection, Having Cried Wolf. Her new novel, Where the Light Falls (Allen & Unwin), follows a photographer's efforts to understand his former girlfriend's death.
Ron Cerabona From a look at the 1980s in Australia to a political fable about a young woman with a locust embedded in her head.
Sally Pryor Life of Pi author Yann Martel has a message for the powerful people of Canberra – reading books is important.
A group of tomorrow's vets stripped down for a nude calendar. And it's all for a good cause
Kindergarten + miniature schnauzer = cuteness overload.
There was plenty to see and do at the Hunter Valley Spring Fair, held at St Philip's Christian ...
Check out all the photos from the 2016 Kullaburra Awards.
Former Hunter MPs escape corruption finding, but Andrew Cornwell may face charges.
September is Murals Month in Kurri Kurri as visitors take advantage of the beautiful weather to view over ...
Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions (MWLFS) have been selected as the exclusive service provider for Cessnock, Maitland and Kurri Kurri.