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Authors of the World Unite! | 6 November 2013

Dear Red Roomer,


“Australia is about as far away as you can get. I like that.” —André Benjamin, American musician, also known as André 3000

Australian literature branched off in the 19th century to include Aboriginal issues, the land’s unique rural and urban contrasts, and Australia’s own social and political journey. Notable authors include novelists Nobel laureate Patrick White, Christina Stead, and Colleen McCullough; “bush poets” Henry Lawson and Banjo Peterson; historian Geoffrey Blainey; and cultural critics Germaine Greer and Clive James. Australian Red Room authors inlcude graphic novelist and cultural analyst J Marc Schmidt; thriller writer James Phelan; and American expatriate Magdalena Ball, who has set several of her books in her adopted country since migrating to New South Wales.

If you’d like to read more of the Australian literature you might be missing, consider subscribing to “Australia's best literary magazine,” the Griffith REVIEW. This literary journal is our new favorite. It features an impressive collection of essays, memoir, fiction and poetry from a perspective that is uniquely Australian and yet we found illuminates political and philosophical questions that are universal. Recent contributors include Janette Turner Hospital, Lloyd Jones, Carrie Tiffany, Frank Moorhouse, Luke Davies, Geraldine Brooks, Jay Griffiths, John Kinsella.


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Please share your most vivid memory or impression of Australia, especially stories that represent people or stories that rarely get noticed, on your blog this week.

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Gina Misiroglu

Executive Editor, Red Room

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