Explore the 2024 Program

Beyond the Bookshelf: Part 1

Reads from the literary web

We’ve curated a selection of the best recent online reads and news from the world of literature. 

Olivia Laing’s vital and expansive affirmation of the importance of art in difficult times goes hand in hand with Benjamin Law's fierce case for a federal government arts stimulus package.

The publishing industry has seen a surge in submissions as writers find themselves with more time on their hands. There’s a lot to learn from writers about how best to work from home and the importance of ritual, while bookstores around the world are finding creative ways of continuing to serve their communities.

David Sedaris laments his failed attempts at hoarding groceries, and 2020 Festival guest Anne Boyer celebrates the love to be found in the negative space created by social distancing. Maria Tumarkin describes her feelings around the “complicated gift” of winning the 2020 Windham Campbell on the same day the pandemic was declared. And 2020 Festival guest Ann Patchett, Celeste Ng and others review the books that bring them comfort.