Things To Look Forward To 

David Gaunt has owned Gleebooks with partner Roger Mackell since 1976.

Calling all trivia nerds...

 - Monday, September 30, 2013
Calling all book trivia nerds: time to brush up on otherwise useless and arcane book knowledge at the 'annual just for fun while we make some money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation' Trivia night. For a $35.00 donation, or $260.00 for a table of eight (tickets through Moshtix, or ring me if you can’t figure it out), you can join a couple of hundred thrill seekers at the Paddington RSL on Oxford St, on Wednesday October 30th. There’ll be passable bar food, cheap drinks, and lots of diverting fun, all hosted by William McInnes. Please come! tickets through Moshtix, 1300 GET TIX (438 849) on your mobile and all Moshtix outlets. For more information please contact: ilftrivia@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, in the land of new books, the good fiction just keeps coming. I’ve just been more than agreeably taken with Coal Creek by Alex Miller. Set the in the stone country of central  Queensland, which featured so memorably in Miller's  Journey to the Stone Country 2002 and Landscape of Farewell (2007). It’s a rich vein which Miller taps. Coal Creek is set the 1950s, and a frontier atmosphere, with almost biblical overtone, pervades. From the outset there is a deep sense of foreboding, with our narrator, Bobby Blue, looking back at a tragic series of events and responses which transformed for ever the lives of those involved. It’s a story simply, but beautifully, told, and I found it immensely satisfying.

I’m assuming that the hype around Eleanor Catton and her Booker-shortlisted The Luminaries is warranted, and I’m working up to it. But at 800 plus pages, it’s going to take some time, so I’m acclimatising myself to the task by reading the almost 800 page The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s only her third novel in 20 years. I can feel it’s a big, big work, and Tartt’s contemporary America is addictive in the telling.  

So. A vintage few months for new fiction: in the space of four weeks there’s Winton, Flanagan, Tsiolkas (Barracuda due in November), Miller, and Donna Tartt. Get reading, as the ad says.

 David Gaunt