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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 The Simple Act of Reading
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'For it is in The Simple Act of Reading where the living and the dead, the real and the imagined, meet. It is in The Simple Act of Reading where we exercise those two most sacred of human vocations: compassion and creativity. For as we know, without either of these primes there is no possibility for a humanity present or past worth talking about. Junot Diaz

'A collection of essays and memoir pieces on the topic of reading, in particular what it means for writers to be readers and how that has shaped their life. The Simple Act of Reading will support Sydney Story Factory by emphasising the importance of reading in shaping an individual's future.

'Contributors include; Debra Adelaide, Joan London, Delia Falconer, Sunil Badami, Gabrielle Carey, Luke Davies, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Kate Forsyth, Giulia Giuffre, Andy Griffiths, Anita Heiss, Gail Jones, Jill Jones, Catherine Keenan, Malcolm Knox, Wayne Macauley, Fiona McFarlane, David Malouf, Rosie Scott, Carrie Tiffany and Geordie Williamson.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Epigraph:

    For it is in the simple act of reading where the living

    and the dead, the real and the imagined, meet.

    It is in the simple act of reading where we exercise those

    two most sacred of human vocations: compassion and creativity.

    For as we know, without either of these

    primes there is no possibility for a humanity present or

    past worth talking about.

  • Contents indexed selectively.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Random House Australia , 2015 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Debra Adelaide , single work essay (p. 1-4)
Letters from Herge The Famous Penpal Herge and Me, Luke Davies , single work autobiography
'As a child, Australian author Luke Davies' empathy with fictional teen reporter Tintin led to a special relationship with Herge, the Belgian artist who created him. They became pen pals and Davies so treasured the letters and cards he still has them 40 years on. Here Davies recalls the dizzying boyhood excitement of each delivery and how the joys and dreams they sparked forged his later creative life.' (p. 12)
(p. 7-13)
A Phone Call to Helen Garner, Tegan Bennett Daylight , single work column
'Tegan Bennett Daylight celebrates the acclaimed and often controversial author on the eve of her 70th birthday' (18).
(p. 25-30)
Books Are Dangerous, Kate Forsyth , single work essay (p. 33-38)
Reading and Secrets, Giulia Giuffre , single work essay (p. 41-56)
Wessex, Carrie Tiffany , single work essay (p. 59-65)
This Is Your Life, Malcolm Knox , single work essay (p. 67-73)
I Will Tell You Something, Fiona McFarlane , single work essay (p. 74-80)
A Place of Possibilities, Jill Jones , single work essay (p. 83-91)
The Only Russian in Sydney, single work essay (p. 93-97)
Not All Writers Began as Readers, Anita Heiss , single work essay (p. 99-106)
Reading the Signs, David Malouf , single work essay (p. 109-116)
In Your Dreams, Sunil Badami , single work essay (p. 119-132)
The Not so Simple Act of (Collaborative) Reading, Gabrielle Carey , single work essay (p. 135-143)
Far Enough : The Perculiar World of the Plains, Wayne Macauley , single work essay (p. 145-150)
The Tower, Debra Adelaide , single work essay (p. 153-163)
Eleanor Reads Emma, Gail Jones , single work short story (p. 165-173)
A Native in the Land of Reading, Catherine Keenan , single work essay (p. 175-180)
Snip!Snap!Snip! Or, Merry Stories and Funny Pictures : How Reading Shaped My Writing, Andy Griffiths , single work essay (p. 183-190)
'This Stuff Tastes of Window' : Reading as a Writer, Delia Falconer , single work essay (p. 193-199)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Review : The Simple Act of Reading Gillian Dooley , single work review
— Review of The Simple Act of Reading 2015 anthology essay
Debra Adelaide (ed) : The Simple Act of Reading Suzanne Marks , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , August 2015;

— Review of The Simple Act of Reading 2015 anthology essay
An Addiction to a Liberating Drug Anson Cameron , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 June 2015; (p. 32-33) The Age , 6 June 2015; (p. 34)

— Review of The Simple Act of Reading 2015 anthology essay
An Addiction to a Liberating Drug Anson Cameron , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 June 2015; (p. 32-33) The Age , 6 June 2015; (p. 34)

— Review of The Simple Act of Reading 2015 anthology essay
Debra Adelaide (ed) : The Simple Act of Reading Suzanne Marks , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , August 2015;

— Review of The Simple Act of Reading 2015 anthology essay
Review : The Simple Act of Reading Gillian Dooley , single work review
— Review of The Simple Act of Reading 2015 anthology essay
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