News and events
South Asian rights sale for
The Last Candles of the Night
Indian publisher Speaking Tiger has acquired the South Asian rights to publish The Last Candles of the Night, written by Ian Bedford and published by Lacuna in 2014. South Asia is defined as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal.
Speaking Tiger will also publish one of Ian's earlier novels, A View from the Bund (Rain Bazaar, 2008).
Ian learned of the rights sales shortly before his death earlier this month (see also item below), realising his long-held dream of being published in India.
Cycle of Learning wheels into action
Anne Fitzpatrick's humorous and inspiring story about her fund-raising cycle around Australia is now out. To celebrate, we've extended the pre-release sale for orders placed via our website into April. 40% of royalties earned on all sales of this book will be donated to community development projects.
The Cycle of Learning project aimed to provide opportunities for students to engage with social justice, cycling as adventure, the concept of education as a path to changing their world. To this end, the Cycle of Learning website contains resources for schools and for book clubs. You can also follow what's happening on the Cycle of Learning Facebook page.
Book launches: Adelaide and Albury
Special guest Paul Madden, Chief Executive of The Wyatt Trust, will launch Cycle of Learning on Sunday 12 April in Adelaide, South Australia. The event will be MC'd by Dr Samantha Schulz, Lecturer at Flinders University. More information.
The Albury Library Museum will also be hosting a book launch on Sunday 3 May. Contact Anne Fitzpatrick via the Cycle of Learning Facebook page for more information.
Meet the author: Louise Katz
Louise Katz is a speculative fiction writer and winner of two Aurealis Awards. She has travelled widely and has been employed in too many and varied jobs to recall, from early days in bars and restaurants, sales or fruit-picking, to working as a museum educator, a visual artist, and a high-school teacher. Louise currently lectures in academic writing at the University of Sydney.
Louise's latest work The Orchid Nursery is a dystopian novel that will be published by Lacuna in 2015. For the full list of Louise's publications, see our website.
Vale Ian Bedford
The memorial service for Ian Bedford, held at Glebe Town Hall on Wednesday 18 March, was attended by around 300 of Ian's family, friends, colleagues and students. The many eulogies spoke of Ian's compassion, generosity, scholarly erudition and life-long writing habits. Ian's wife Kalpana spoke of the manuscripts and stories Ian was still working on, that will sadly remain unfinished. The author Frank Moorhouse, who launched Ian's third novel The Resemblance, lamented Ian's lack of recognition from the literary establishment, noting the complexity of Ian's stories, and suggested that, like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ian's work may await discovery long after his passing.