Review: Snow by Gina Inverarity

In a climate change-affected dystopian setting, recognisable as the author’s home of New Zealand although not explicitly named, Snow is a young teenage girl whose stepmother wants her dead. To this end, she tasks a hunter with taking Snow into the forest near their mountain chateau, killing her and bringing back her heart as proof.…

Access All Areas

When it comes to promoting their books, children’s authors need a different set of skills to their adult author counterparts, and nowhere was this more apparent than at the opening weekend of Adelaide Writers’ Week 2020. Children’s authors, long shut out of core writers’ festival business, have increasingly been infiltrating Adelaide Writers’ Week. 2012 saw…

Age of Monsters

How the blockbuster changed children's and YA publishing If you are an adult writing fiction for publication now, there’s a good chance you forged your literary dreams in a time when the publishing landscape looked different to the way it looks today. Whether you’ve caught up or not with the new paradigm may be the…

An Old Foolishness

Not far from any discussion about literature is someone waiting to elbow in with a ‘should’. Most common: everyone should read more because books are a gateway to knowledge (non-fiction) and empathy (fiction). There are numerous ‘shoulds’ about what to read, too. Lists abound: 100 books teens should read/men should read/you should have read by…