Good Reading : April 2008
10 goodreading ı APRIL 2008 book trivia Writers’ Festivals and conferences Hip hop workshops, poetry slams and comedy debates are all part of this year’s WordStorm, the Northern Territory Writers’ Festival which runs from 15 to 18 May in Darwin.Writers and performers from Australia, Indonesia, East Timor,West Papua, Singapore and New Zealand will be appearing as will Alexis Wright, Dorothy Porter, Anita Heiss and Helen Garner.The festival travels to Alice Springs and Tennant Creek from 9 May to 14 May 2008. www.ntwriters.com.au The 9th National Children’s Book Council Conference and expo ‘All the Wild Wonders’ will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from 1 to 4 May 2008. The main theme of the conference is ‘keeping books relevant in the 21st cen- tury’. Eve Pownall’s The Australia Book, CBCA Book of the Year winner in 1952, originally published by John Sands in 1951, will be re-launched at the open- ing reception. Check out the program at www.iceaustralia.com/cbca2008/ Books to Film Books to film appearing in a cinema near you this month include Nim’s Island, based on the book by the talented Australian author Wendy Orr. Turn to page 52 to read Wendy’s fascinating account of how her bestselling book became a Hollywood movie starring Jodi Foster. If you like to feel goosebumps while in a darkened theatre you might want to see Ruins, based on Scott B Smith’s horror/thriller novel. And our very own Naomi Watts is appearing in The Painted Veil, a love story written originally by Somerset Maugham. We’re also looking forward to Molière, a film based on the famous French playwright and actor of the same name, (whose real name was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) and who was a master of comic satire in the 1600s. Variety has reported that successful writer-director-producer brothers Joel and Ethan Coen and producer Scott Rudin, the team behind the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men (book reviewed in gr September 2005), will soon begin working on the film adaptation of Michael Chabon’sThe Yiddish Policeman’s Union (reviewed in gr July 2007). The team has worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning Chabon before on Wonder Boys and the development of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, for which Chabon also wrote the screenplay. Giramondo Classic Reprints It’s great news that Giramondo Publishing has started republishing important Australian works which had fallen out of print in their Classic Reprint Series. Tamarisk Row by Gerald Murnane, the first title of an initial fif- teen to be published, was launched at the Adelaide Writers’ Festival in March. And on the subject of books to film… Aman follows a woman with a dog out of a movie theatre. He stops her and says: ‘I’m sorry to bother you but I couldn’t help but notice that your dog was really into the movie. He cried at the right spots, yawned through the boring bits, and laughed at the jokes. Don’t you find this unusual?’ ‘Yes,’ she replied. ‘He hated the book.’ The Elizabeth Jolley archive Curtin University of Technology has launched the online Elizabeth Jolley Research Collection. Jolley (1923- 2007) emigrated from Glasgow to Perth in 1959 and won many of Australia’s major literary prizes including the Miles Franklin Award in 1986.With four hon- orary doctorates,WA Citizen of the Year, an AO and a heap of accolades, you can see why she was named one of Australia’s living treasures in 1998. At the heart of the library’s collection is a bibliography listing all her published works, all adapta- tions (stage, film and talking book), some of the many media interviews with her, journal articles and dissertations.