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Writers at the Convent, 12–14 Feb, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

The first literary festival of 2010 is just around the corner: it’s almost time for the third annual Writers at the Convent. This year’s festival boasts another great lineup of writers from home and abroad. [missing asset], and hop onto the festival website to book tickets.

Good books fill the year ahead

Hello and happy new year to all. It is all systems go here at Text. We are rested and refreshed after the festive season, and ready to get stuck into making some great books for you.

Have a flip through our catalogue for January to June to see what we have in store for you.

The Pacific to screen on Channel 7 in 2010

Channel 7 will be screening the HBO TV series The Pacific in 2010. Executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who previously teamed for the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, the series is three years in the making and follows the stories of three U.S.

Steph Bowe’s debut novel sold to Random House Mondadori in Spain

A few weeks ago we were very excited to sign the debut novel by talented up-and-coming local author Steph Bowe. Well, now we can tell you—with further excitement, and a big congratulations to Steph—that her agent Ginger Clark from Curtis Brown (US) has sold Spanish rights to Read more

Dog Boy a favourite for ‘Best of 2009’ lists

Eva Hornung’s Dog Boy, published in March this year and shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, has been mentioned in a few of the 2009 round-ups.

Financial Review Magazine says Truth is Book of the YEAR

Pick up a copy of the latest Australian Financial Review Magazine, and you’ll see Simon Hughes has named Peter Temple’s astounding novel Truth Book of the Year. We commend him on his choice, and we know him to be a most discerning man of impeccable taste.

Jeff in Venice was a highlight of 2009 for The Economist

The Economist has listed its best books of the year. They join the New Yorker in picking Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi for their fiction highlights (scroll down past ‘Politics and Current Affairs’, ‘Economics and Business’, ‘Science and Technology’ and ‘Culture and Society’).

New Yorker’s James Wood on The Spare Room

Yesterday I referred to the New Yorker’s Best Books of 2009, including Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi. Well, reviewer James Wood also makes special mention of Helen Garner’s masterpiece, Read more

The Times best books of the decade

This being 2009, we are being treated to ‘Best of’ lists which cover all of the noughties (Technically, the end of next year could be considered the end of the decade, but we had this discussion for the End of the Millennium so let’s not go into it again.

New Yorker says Jeff was a highlight of 2009

Geoff Dyer’s genre-defying, profound and deeply funny novel, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, got a mention on the New Yorker’s Best Books of 2009 list.

Check out their fiction and non-fiction lists here (and stay for their ‘Best of’ lists of absolutely everything. And Read more


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