Wonderful evening at Avid Reader last night, celebrating another excellent year for the Griffith Review. Enjoyed readings by Melissa Lucashenko, Rachael S. Morgan, Cory Taylor, Sally Breen and Alan Vaarwerk. Editor Julianne Shultz raised again the worrying trend in book sales figures – are people turning away from fiction? This question has been bothering me all year, as I wave books at my children in (mostly vain) attempts to lure them away from repetitive online games and inane television. Yes, they enjoy the sense of identity and agency they get from their online communities – but they’re missing out on a world of relationships with authors, characters, fellow-readers, ideas and possibilities that I think are unique to the experience of reading fiction. Or am I just being reactionary? In any case, my mate Anna and I thoroughly enjoyed our literary evening out – Anna even won wine and chocolates, which she kindly shared with me, so smiles all round.
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