Issue of May 8, 2011

Oh boy, do we have some reading for you! Books we recommend, a behind-the-scenes look at the intersection of life and biography, a visual trip through a sports nut’s bookshelves, and more. Join us!

When a passionate biographer finds a subject that interests him, he pursues it. But Carl Rollyson went beyond that when he found that his early obsession with a particular film meshed with his memories of his father, his early passions, and his professional writing as he shares in Biography, My Father, Dana Andrews, and Me.

“A genuine genius” is what Gillian Polack wrote about a writer who, she says, “has managed to capture Australia in his work in a way that shows who we are. Instead of making us look larger or smaller or stranger, we look like ourselves, with all the loneliness and all the whimsy and all the hurt and all the joy that mark us.” Get your cup of Australia in Celebrating Shaun Tan.

Filled-to-the-brim-and-then-some bookshelves are to writers what nails are to a carpenter. Pete Croatto decided to get naked in a literary sense by showcasing his bookshelves. The man writes about sports-related books as much as he can, but what do his shelves really say? Find out in This is Who I Am.

Author interviews and profiles saturate the Internet in quantities unforeseen even a decade ago. Yet they differ, often dramatically, from those of years gone by in several ways. Lauren Roberts explores those differences from a single writer’s perspective and how that affects readers in Walking the Talk.



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2 responses to “Issue of May 8, 2011

  1. I’m glad to have discovered your site through that of Helen Lowe, a New Zealand writer, who pointed out the Shaun Tan piece. I loved Gillian Polack’s ‘Celebrating Shaun Tan’, and have an anecdote to offer. A few years back Mr Tan was a guest (and a fascinating one) at The New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week. Some people wondered why his queue at the signing table seemed to take an age to move. It was because in each book he signed (with the usual personal message requested by the possessor), he drew a picture. Whataguy.

    • Hi, Claire, and welcome!

      Gillian has opened my eyes to the literature and writers of both Australia and New Zealand, something for which I am eternally grateful. And I love your story! Writers who appreciate their fans and make each one feel special are themselves very special. I agree, whataguy!

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