Good Reading : April 2010
APRIL 2010 ı goodreading 13 Wordstorm The Northern Territory's celebration of Australasian writing, Wordstor m, will run from 13 to 16 May. And it's bound to be a storm of ideas as well as writing. Some of the questions they plan to discuss include: How can the nations of this region address climate change? Is Australia still 'the lucky country'? Can an intervention be benign? Is there a place for feminism in Islam? How can the world's displaced find a place of refuge? Guests include Tim Flannery, Marcia Langton, Mor ris Gleitzman, Don Walker, Mary Anne Butler, Mohamad Guntur Romli, Wendy Har mer, Jennifer Mills, Randa Abdell-Fatah and Archie Weller. For more information go to www.ntwriters.com.au. Maps on a large scale The world’s biggest book, an atlas that was presented to Charles I by Dutch merchants on his restoration to the throne in 1660, will be publicly displayed with its pages open for the first time this month. It will be part of an exhibition in the British Library about maps. The book is the Klencke Atlas, which stands 1.75 metres tall. For more information go to http://www.bl.uk/ book trivia Cartoon © 2009 Jonny Hawkins | Northern Territory image Thylacine © Rob Brown, 2007 | Klencke Atlas image © The Brtish Library Gaiman tends to the Doctor Bestselling fantasy author Neil Gaiman has had all his dreams come true. He's been asked to write an episode of his favourite TV series: Dr Who, a show he's watched since he was three years old. Gaiman recently confir med that his episode will air in 2011, that it was originally called 'The House of Nothing' but that the title has since changed. Welcome to Hell Earlier this year, EA Games released a video game version of Dante’s Inferno, in which the player plays the role of Dante, who must fight Lucifer in the nine circles of hell to rescue his beloved, Beatrice. The software developers claim that the game is prompting more people to read the original poem, so Random House UK, with EA Games, have re-released the Longfellow translation with a video game tie-in cover. Excited Penguins This July Penguin turns 75 years old.To mark the occasion, the publisher is releasing 75 Popular Penguins, the unadorned, retro editions of books that sell for around $10 each. The list of 75 books will be released in July. We can't wait to see what they are, and what other celebrations the publisher has in store.