Good Reading : March 2007
12 goodreading ı FEBRUARY 2007 book trivia Welcome WARMing! The Sunshine Coast Literary Association will host a month of events – including book readings, launches and signings, a literary publishing conference, workshops and exhibitions – to ‘nurture, showcase and celebrate the literary arts’ in June this year. WARM (Writers’, Artists’ and Readers’ Month) will incorporate two already established events:Voices on the Coast and the Noosa Long Weekend. The month’s finale on 30 June will be a dinner at which the inaugural WARM Literary Awards will be presented. Categories include book of the year, poet of the year, young writer of the year, fiction writer of the year, play of the year, young poet of the year and non-fiction writer of the year. Entries close 31 March. Note that some categories require a strong Sunshine Coast connection; check out the website www.war mwriting.org for more infor mation. ‘A Life’s Work’ in Auckland The 2007 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival will be held from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 May at the Aotea Centre in central Auckland. The theme for 2007 is ‘A Life’s Work’, with a segment on biography, memoir and autobiography. More than twenty writers from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland and France are expected to attend alongside New Zealand writers and commentators. International guests announced so far include Richard Ford (pictured at right), Philip Ardagh, Kate Grenville, Tim Winton, Pico Iyer (pictured above), Carrie Tiffany and Don Winslow. Over 100 local writers, including Lloyd Jones, James George, Jenny Pattrick, Tusiata Avia, CK Stead, Charlotte Grimshaw and Joy Cowley, will also appear. Updates on writers and event information can be obtained by subscribing to the festival e-zine – visit www.writersfestival.co.nz to sign up. Final program details will be online on 29 March. A book with its own online community! So Where’s My Happy Ever After? is a memoir that is sure to have many readers saying ‘me too’ as they recall their own personal experiences. Author Joy Aimée realised this when she established a dedicated website for all to visit and enjoy. Billed as ‘a holiday from drudgery’, the website is one you can log on to at any time. There you can enjoy talking to other members, play with some of the site’s many ‘toys’ and share your own experiences. Visit www.happyeverafterclub.com today. And, as the author says, ‘En-Joy!’ True blue and dinky di he Pocketbook of Aussie atriotism is a compilation y Brendan Gullifer of ll things Oz: a timeline which takes up more than half of the little book; a list of prime ministers; heroes and villains; Australians of the year, 1960-2006 (no fewer than 14 sporting personalities vs one author); the words to ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Advance Australia Fair’, and much more. A useful little book for trivia buffs, children with school assignments, and so on. It’s published by Black Inc, rrp $14.95. Becoming Jane A new film opens this month based on the life of Jane Austen. Becoming Jane tells the story of twenty-year-old Jane’s love affair with a brilliant, dashing Irishman, Tom Lefroy – an affair that inspired her writing career. The film stars Anne Hathaway as Jane and James McAvoy as Lefroy. Also starring are Julie Walters, Dame Maggie Smith and James Cromwell.