‘Net News: 23 April 2012

1. The International Booktown

This year the small town of Clunes in regional Victoria has been recognised as Australia’s first international book town. As well as being home to several permanent bookshops, each year  the town hosts a festival with booktraders from around the country, and a program of talks and workshops from authors and industry experts.

‘Clunes Booktown Festival is the biggest collection of rare, out-of-print, new, small-press publications, second hand and collectable books in Australia.’

The 2012 festival takes place on 5-6 May. The children’s section of the festival is being transformed into Narnia. Special guests include Hazel Edwards, Alice Pung, and John Nicholson. And more than one booktrader specialises in children’s fiction.

2. Harry Potter, Publishing Trends, and the Myth of the Reluctant Reader


This great article by Roger Sutton looks at how Harry Potter challenged and changed the publishing world, and how in the impending digital future, book publishing may be like the candle industry.

‘I laugh when people worry about reading going electronic, because I already do most of my reading that way. So, probably, do you.’

3. LA Times Festival of Books

The weekend just gone was the Festival of Books at the University of Southern California. I know, I know – it’s all the way over the other side of the pond – what’s in it for us? Well, besides having international superstar authors like Judy Blume and Patrick Ness in attendance, our very own Tristan Bancks was there talking ‘Humour & Hormones’ in YA fiction.

I recommend checking out Tristan’s tweets from the festival, as well as the official twitter-feed. If you’re not adverse to some colourful language, author Gayle Foreman also has some interesting stories.


4. Stephenie Meyer: Film Producer

You may have already heard that the Twilight author is one half of the all-female production company Fickle Fish Films – a company that specifically focuses on creating literature-related films and media.

Their first project is a film adaptation of Shannon Hale’s Austenland. Now, they’ve also secured the option to adapt Lois Duncan’s YA horror novel Down a Dark Hall.

5. 25 Classic Novels for Teenagers

The Telegraph admits that this list is ‘inescapably personal’, and suggest it as a follow-on from their Top 50 Books for Children. I’d say that it’s sorely lacking in Australian representation. What about Joan Lindsay? Ethel Turner? Ruth Park?

seven little australians

Who else do you think should be included?

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  1. Penni says:

    Getting of Wisdom! As Tansy Raynor Roberts writes: “Where has this book been all my life? Why was it not given to me with a ‘you’ve read Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, What Katy Did and the Little House on the Prairie books, plus all the Enid Blyton boarding school stories, and this is basically a cranky bitch version of all those books, set in Melbourne.’”

    • jkerr says:

      Ooo! Great recommendation, thanks Penni!

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