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Literary Event: The Last Candles of the Night

Ian Bedford6pm, Thursday 19 June, Gleebooks, Sydney

Join author Ian Bedford, philosopher Ross Poole, cognitive scientist John Sutton and anthropologist Kalpana Ram for a discussion of memory in daily life, in literature, and in the recent history of India and Australia.
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Great Writing: Writing the Polyphonic Novel

Paul Williams28-29 June, London, UK

Lacuna author Paul Williams will be presenting his paper "Writing the Polyphonic Novel", about writing Cokcraco, at the international creative writing conference, Great Writing, on 28 June.
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Book Launch: Effective Writing, 2nd edition

5.45pm, Friday 12 July, Paperchain Bookstore, Canberra

Jack Waterford, Editor-at-Large at the Canberra Times, and Alan Cummine, president of the Canberra Society of Editors, will be special guest speakers at the launch of the second edition of Effective writing: plain English at work, hosted by authors Elizabeth Murphy and Hilary Cadman.
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New fiction

The Last Candles of the NightThe Last Candles of the Night

by Ian Bedford

In Hyderabad in 1948, a love triangle evolves between three young people with conflicting ideals: an Australian schoolteacher, an Indian nationalist and an Indian nationalist revolutionary. The turbulent events of this phase of the struggle for Indian independence come alive and take their toll half a century later in Sydney, 2001 – the year of 'Tampa' in Australia. The Last Candles of the Night is a lyrical and moving tale of the pitfalls of memory and the costs of deep allegiance.

OUT NOW in Paperback (ISBN 9781922198129) and Ebook (ISBN 9781922198136) More information

Darling, Impossible!

by Eva Novy

They say the past is another country but for Australian-born Lily the past is another language: Hungarian, the language of her migrant family, the language of secrets. A chance encounter with Eva – the woman Lily remembers fondly from early childhood but is now shunned for reasons kept hidden to Lily – leads to illicit Hungarian lessons in Eva's coffee shop. Between mouthfuls of black forest cake and Hungarian poetry, Lily learns more than she signed up for.

FORTHCOMING October 2014
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New non-fiction

Effective writing 2nd editionEffective Writing: Plain English at Work

2nd edition
by Elizabeth Manning Murphy

with Hilary Cadman

Effective writing: plain English at work is about writing that works: it is based on sound English grammar and plain English style. Through this book you will gain the skills needed to write cohesive paragraphs and to consider your target audience. This second, updated edition also considers workplace writing not covered in the first edition such as writing emails and material for websites. Each topic includes activities (and solutions) for you to practise your writing and check your progress. Use this book as a self-teaching aid or as a class textbook. 

OUT NOW in Paperback (ISBN 9781922198143) and Ebook (ISBN 9781922198150)
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General news and events

NSW Writers Centre Workshop:
From Manuscript to Publication

Publisher and editor Linda Nix is conducting a six-week course at the NSW Writers Centre for authors on preparing their manuscripts and themselves for the publication process.
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Book Expo Australia, Sydney, 30-31 August 2014

Visit Lacuna Publishing at stand P04, where we will be showcasing our books and authors at Book Expo Australia.
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CokcracoMore praise for Cokcraco

"If Heart of Darkness weren’t Conrad’s work, but instead a jolly collaboration between JM Coetzee and P. G. Wodehouse, it might have resembled Paul Williams’ latest novel, Cokcraco. Part metafictional conceit, part romantic romp, all satire: Cokcraco is as difficult to define as it is enjoyable to read. … while predominantly a satire aimed at creative writing academics, Cokcraco also works as a madcap mystery. Deliberately hammy in places, Williams’ pacing and description still manages to generate effective suspense – of the B-grade horror film variety. His taut and vivid descriptions of the South African setting add to the tension and eventual release."
– Amy Brown, Text 18.1 (2014)
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