Good Reading : August 2011
GOOD READING AUGUST 2011 17 BOOKED UP DIARISE IT Escape the winter chill at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, get in the mood for love at a romance writers’ conference – and celebrate the birthdays of a couple of Aussie literary powerhouses. Visit your local bookshop for a real – as opposedto virtual – experience with books. Read a book for young adults just for a change. Celebrate your love of books at the 20th Romance Writers of Australia National Conference, which starts today in Melbourne. Today is the first day of Children’s Book Week. This year’s theme: One world, many stories. Happy birthday to Australian author Bryce Courtenay, born 78 years ago in the Lebombo Mountains of South Africa. So you love to read – ever thought about writing? Enrol in a creative writing workshop. Check out the website of the writers’ centre in your state. Queensland Poetry Festival starts today. Hear real Aussie poets reading their fabulous verse. The August competitions at gr close soon – don’t miss your chance to win a share of thousands of dollars worth of books this month! Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine is released today. Develop your discussion skills. Ask your local library about book clubs you could get involved in – or start your own. Head over to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival today (and the next two days), where you could meet talented writers and enjoy beautiful surroundings. Tune in to our Facebook page and tell everyone about a favourite book. The Great Aussie Asian Cookbook by Kim Terakes is released today. Put 51 candles on the cake for Australian writer Tim Winton, who celebrates his birthday today. Watch out for Tohby Riddle’s My Uncle’s Donkey, which hits the bookshop shelves today. The Crichton Awards for children’s book illustration are announced today. – as opposed to virtual – experience with books. So you love to Aussie Asian by Kim Terakes PHOTOGRAPHY:DENISEFITCH(TIMWINTON);MICHAELKOUKOULLIS(BOOKSHOP);COLINJCAMPBELL(READINGINTHEPARK) The August Total Eclipse by Total Eclipse by Total Eclipse Spend some time playing in your local park, then stop and relax by reading a book.