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Lawrence Money reports on the withdrawl of a column by Marieke Hardy from the ABC's The Drum website. The column concerned federal Liberal parliamentarian Christopher Pyne. The Drum's editor, Jonathan Green, apologised to Pyne for Hardy's attack saying it was of a 'deeply personal nature' and inappropriate for the site.
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on Scribe Publishing's foray into the North American market. Jason Steger also comments on the 2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards dinner (and the entertainment provided by Casey Bennetto), the inauguration of Australian Poetry Limited, Morris Gleitzman's shortlisting for the UK Guardian's children's fiction prize and new appointments to the editorial staff of Overland.