Good Reading : September 2010
SEPTEMBER 2010 ı goodreading 11 NOWHERE TOWN Swedish residents are bemused by fans of Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium Trilogy' who are getting lost in the Swedish countryside looking for settings from the bestselling series. The most sought- after location is the town of Hedestad, which is featured in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The main problem? The town doesn't actually exist. THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING Ernest Hemingway's son has teamed up with an American company to create Hemingway- branded shoes. The shoes will be handmade in El Salvador using bison and calf hide and are based on the literary icon's love of Spanish leather boots. Initially there will be three styles available: 'angler', 'literary' and 'sportsman'. book trivia BOOK-CLEANING TIPS Here are a couple of tips to get a soiled paperback looking as good as new: If there are marks on the cover, squirt a little Spray n’ Wipe, or for the tougher marks a teensy bit of eucalyptus oil usually works. Books are tougher than they seem. If you have accidentally scuffed the edges of the pages, get a piece of sandpaper and gently rub the mark until it disappears. But be careful – if you’re too rough the pages might tear. BLOOD ON THE PAGE Fans of legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will soon be able to splurge on an unusual luxury edition of his autobiography, The Tendulkar Opus. The special edition of his memoir will weigh 37kg with 852 gold-leaf pages and will include previously unpublished family photographs. But oddest of all, Tendulkar’s blood will be mixed into the paper pulp, tinting the signature page. Only 10 copies of the ‘blood edition’ of Tendulkar’s memoir will be made, and will cost fans approximately $86 000 each. 1- 5 Sept e mbe r The Brisbane Writers' Festival takes place at various locations around the city. Guests include Simon Winchester and Malla Nunn. 6 Sept e m be r 1951 William S Burroughs accidentally killed his wife while attempting to shoot champagne off her head as he listened to the William Tell Overture. 14 Septe mber 1321 Dante died at the age of 56, hours after completing Paradiso. 19 Sept e m be r is International Talk Like a Pirate Day so grab your copy of Treasure Island and have some fun! Aaar! Calendar SOCIETY OF WOMEN WRITERS TURNS 85 Congratulations to the Society of Women Writers NSW, which celebrates its 85th birthday this month. The society was founded at Government House in Sydney by some of Australia’s most influential female writers, including Dame Mary Gilmore and Dorothea Mackellar, author of the classic poem My Country. Malla Nunn Kim Stanley Robinson Shaun Tan AUSSIECON 4 This month the prestigious science fiction/fantasy convention Worldcon hits our shores. Named AussieCon 4, the five-day event brings together authors, aspiring writers, and artists, plus fans of science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction. Guests include Kim Stanley Robinson, Cory Doctorow, Jennifer Fallon, Peter V Brett and Shaun Tan. The convention also includes the Hugo Awards (the sci-fi/fantasy version of the Man Booker Prize), a masquerade Nightmare Ball and an art show. AussieCon 4 is held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2–6 September.