Good Reading : August 2011
GOOD READING AUGUST 2011 11 BOOK TRIVIA POTTERMORE Pottermore is J K Rowling’s new interactive website, which will sell all seven ‘Har ry Potter’ books in e-book format and allow readers to travel through the books and stop to explore areas of interest. From being sorted into houses to discovering the details of different wands, readers will be able to interact with the much- loved books. J K Rowling has also promised new mater ial that she says she has been ‘hoarding for years’. Potter more will go live in October, but a lucky few will be able to get in early on 31 July, Harry Potter’s official birthdate. IMPORTANT DATES ■ On 1 August 1944, Anne Frank made the last entry in her diary. ■ Tim Berners-Lee, credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web, watched as his creation debuted as a publicly available service in August 1991. ■ On 28 August 1963 civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech before an audience of about 250 000 near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. POTTERMORE Psell all seven ‘Harry Potter’ books in e-book format and allow readers to travel through the books and stop to explore areas of interest. From being sorted into houses to discovering the details of different wands, readers will be able to interact with the much- 50 CENT AND THE YA NOVEL Hip-hop artist 50 Cent (aka Curtis James Jackson III) is set to write a semi-autobiographical novel called Playground. The young adult book features ‘a 13-year-old schoolyard bully who finds redemption as he faces what he’s done’. Rapper 50 (or ‘Fiddy’ to his friends) has already published his autobiography, From Pieces to Weight, and a self-help guide, The 50th Law, co-authored with Robert Greene. POPE USES iPA D Some of you may now be following the Pope via Twitter or Facebook – but have you wondered how the Pontiff ’s first tweet occurred? Here is the Pope in June, as he sent off his inaugural tweet using his own iPad. 50 (or ‘Fiddy’ to his friends) has already J K Rowling HELP! CALL THE DOCTOR! Maybe you’ve never heard of a scr ipt doctor, but these very skilled writers can often save the script of a movie or TV show that’s in danger of turning into a turkey. And although some scripts might already be pretty good, a scr ipt doctor can add that extra bit of lustre or polish, improving its structure, pacing and character isation. Famous script doctors include Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia from the first ‘Star Wars’ movie), Judd Apatow (director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and William Goldman (author of the screenplay for The Princess Bride). Win one of 10 copies of Castles, Follies and Four-Leaf Clovers by Rosamund Burton, courtesy of Allen & Unwin! Rosamund Burton’s Irish adventure begins when she is lent a map of the ancient highway and pilgrim route of St Declan’s Way. Intrigued, she returns to Ireland. Setting off from the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, she travels through small towns and villages, across the beautiful Knockmealdown Mountains, to the town of Lismore with its spectacular castle – where her family used to live – and then on to the fishing village of Ardmore in County Waterford. Battling the rain as she follows little-used tracks and overgrown paths, she faithfully traces the footsteps of St Declan. Rosamund perfectly captures the local characters and castles, miraculous wells, talking statues and local legends. Stories of goddesses, ghosts and fairies are intertwined with the eccentricities of the locals – this is a journey full of the surprises that only Ireland can offer. To enter, tell us the full name of the author. Write your answer and contact details on the back of an envelope and send it to ‘Castles, Follies and Four- Leaf Clovers Competition’ GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au. Win one of 10 copies of Crooked Little Heart by Anne Lamott courtesy of UWA Publishing! Crooked Little Heart – with its winning combination of humour and honesty that marks Imperfect Birds and Rosie, the other two books in Anne Lamott’s trilogy – is a richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected. Rosie Ferguson, on the cusp of adolescence, is obsessed with tournament tennis. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic still grieving the death of her first husband; her stepfather, a struggling writer, is wrestling with his own demons. And now Rosie finds that her athletic gifts place her in peril, as a shadowy man seems to be developing an obsession of his own. Brilliantly written, inhabited by superbly realised characters, funny and human and wonderfully suspenseful, Crooked Little Heart is Anne Lamott writing at the peak of her considerable powers. To enter, tell us the name of another book in the trilogy. Write your answer and contact details on the back of an envelope and send it to ‘Crooked Little Heart Competition’ GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au. Win one of 10 copies of Way. Intrigued, she returns to Ireland. Setting off from the Rock and villages, across the beautiful Knockmealdown Mountains, to the town of Win one of 10 copies of Anne Lamott’s trilogy – is a richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected. TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. 2. The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd. 3. Entry is open to all residents of Australia. 4. Entries must be made between 1/08/11 and 31/08/11 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or entries can be made at www.goodreadingmagazine.com 5. The draws will take place on 1/09/2010. 6. Prizes cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. 7. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8. Any change in the value of the prizes between the publishing date and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9 . Winning entries will be those that are judged to have the correct or best answers. 10. The winners’ names will be on the Good Reading website during September 2010.