Via The New Yorker, take a look inside Brooklyn Public Library's Drag Queen Story Hour.

Kids Attend Drag Queen Story Hour
Margaret Atwood has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award, while Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon are among the fiction finalists.

Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon Among National Book Critics Circle Finalists
Writers and podcasters are invited to enter their best work in Frankie Magazine's Good Stuff Awards, with Benjamin Law judging.

Good Stuff Awards | frankie magazine
Via Vulture, what will it mean when someday we refer to Obama Lit?

Considering the Novel in the Age of Obama
Take a 'visit' to the mendery (book hospital) at the King County Library System in Seattle and find out about the wonderful art of book mending.

'Love of books pervades the work of the mendery ... has led Mr. Vass to create cardboard box covers to fit newly repaired volumes, like a kind of armored overcoat.'

He Fixes the Cracked Spines of Books, Without an Understudy
Love to sing? Or perhaps you've been longing to take part in a flash mob? City Recital Hall wants you!

Join the Sydney Flash Mob Choir – a free and spontaneous choir where everyone's invited and everyone sings! Register here:

Sydney Flash Mob Choir | City Recital Hall
The Guardian has prepared a 2017 literary calendar to help you plan your reading year. With some of the most highly-anticipated titles that will be hitting the shelves and literary anniversaries, this guide features many of the highlights of the literary year ahead.

Books in 2017: a literary calendar
On Wednesday nights this month, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is hosting ‘Nude fictions’. Join Benjamin Law (tonight), Christos Tsiolkas, Anita Heiss, and Michael Leunig as they read a piece of their own fiction inspired by artworks in the exhibition ‘Nude: art from the Tate collection’. Free. Find out more here: [ Link ]
Something for the little readers: the stage adaptation of the much-loved children's book Emily Brown and the Thing (by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton) is playing at the Sydney Opera House until 15 January. Find out more: [ Link ]

Emily Brown and the Thing
Some of the (many) books to look forward to this year.
Courtesy of The Millions.

Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview - The Millions
'When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.'

Vale John Berger.

John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90
We’ve compiled a list of the best reads to take along to the beach or to enjoy after work with an Aperol Spritz in hand.

We wish you a warm, relaxed festive season, with plenty of time to get through those summer reading stacks.

Summer Reading List by SWF
Jeanette Winterson talks to NPR about what Christmas means to her (and mince pies).

'And I think Christmas is a time when you really can reflect and think, okay, what can I put right? What can I do better? Can I hold my head up in the morning and look myself in the eye?'

'Christmas Days' Is A Feast Of Stories — And Food - Jeanette Winterson on NPR
Junot Díaz, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Paul Simon, Judd Apatow, Jill Soloway , Ann Patchett and more share the books that accompanied them through 2016. Via The New York Times

The Year in Reading
The Dismissal. It was the year when then governor-general, Sir John Kerr, the emissary of the Queen, sacked the prime minister Gough Whitlam.

Paul Kelly, Troy Bramston, Jenny Hocking, join David Marr in a discussion on the latest revelations and the ramifications that still haunt Australian politics today.

Listen to this podcast and subscribe to our iTunes channel at [ Link ]

The Shadow of 1975
The 2016 VICE Fiction Issue is online.

You'll find short stories by Rachel Cusk, Tim Parks, Ottessa Moshfegh, Robert Coover, Joshua Ferris, Charles Bock, Roxane Gay and more.

The 2016 Fiction Issue | Magazine Archive | VICE | United States
Still hunting for Chrismas treasures, large and small?

Head down to the Carriageworks Christmas Market on Friday 23 December, 4-9pm, for fresh produce and last-minute gifts across 160+ stalls.

Book publicists share their favourite reads from the year.

Book Publicists Recommend Their Favourite Novels Of 2016
On the value of small specialist libraries and their librarians.

'Libraries without librarians are just storerooms. Specialist librarians can make apparently tangential leaps and suddenly produce a raft of documents that give answers to questions the researcher is yet to ask.'

A library without librarians is a just a shed full of books