Good Reading : June 2006
book trivia Congratulations Geraldine! … In April Australian author Geraldine Brooks was awarded the USA’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her second novel, March, a fictionalised account of the American Civil War experience of Mr March, the father of the girls featured in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. gr would like to congratulate Geraldine on this fine achievement – especially as, when she’s in Sydney, she’s a Balmain gal. Cold comfort As part of the Antarctic Midwinter Festival, the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is holding ‘Ice Cold Words: an Antarctic Writers’ Festival’ in Hobart from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June. It will (naturally) include authors who have travelled to Antarctica or published writing about the continent, and there’ll be readings, discussions, debates and interpretations of Antarctica. The organisers quite rightly add a rider: ‘Please note that anyone who says “Antartica” rather than “Antarctica” will be left out in the cold!’ More details can be found at www.tasmanianwriters.org gr saves the blushes The parents of a young Gilgandra girl with diabetes are attempting to emulate the success of the ‘Calendar Girls’ of Yorkshire, who famously disrobed for a discreet calendar to raise funds for cancer research. The Carmichaels hope to raise money for Diabetes Australia, and asked female owners and employees of businesses around the district (in central NSW) to bravely bare (nearly) all for charity. They were delighted at the response, and have produced a calendar not just for one year but for two. We were delighted and highly amused to discover the novel use to which an issue of gr has been put by one of Gilgandra’s intrepid librarians for the June 2007 page. You can buy the calendar for $20.00 plus p&p; call (02) 6847 1894. and congratulations Carrie! estern Australian author Carrie Tiffany’s debut novel, veryman’s Rules for Scientific Living, has been shortlisted r the UK’s Orange Prize for Fiction, awarded annually r the best original full-length novel by a female writer. arrie’s book has also been shortlisted for the 2006 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards; the winners of all three awards will be announced this month.