book to the future bookmarks #12


Every second Monday at Book to the Future, I share a selection of literary links, as well as a few thoughts on what I’ve been reading lately…and anything else that comes to mind.

This particular Monday is the last day of the last long weekend of the year (for those of us here in Sydney, at least). I’ve been hard at work writing reviews – and because I’m eager to continue writing, I’m going to keep this edition of Book to the Future Bookmarks relatively short.

Today’s links all centre around little stories and big apples. I hope you find them as interesting as I do.


I spent a lot of time rambling about short stories in my last Bookmarks post. Over at the Australian Book Review site, ten of Australia’s best short story writers have selected their favourite short stories and short story compilations – and the result is an instant Must Read list of short stories!

Here’s another for your reading list: Jennifer Mills has a new short story over at Meanjin you can read online free!

Then, if you’ve got a couple of dollars handy, invest in Hard Knots by Libbie Chellew (I mentioned one of her stories in this post and I’ve been a fan ever since) over at Spineless Wonders. It’s the first in Spineless Wonders’ new Slinkies collection – you can find more about it here.

Are you a book voyeur? It’s okay, you can admit it. You’re amongst friends. I’ll even go first: I’m a huge book voyeur. I commute from one side of Sydney to the other every day, and when I see other readers, I can’t help but take a subtle peek at the cover of the book they’re reading.

I think I have a kindred spirit over in New York. Photographer, reader and storyteller, Ourit Ben-Haim takes candid photos of people reading on New York’s subway and posts them to her blog. While I’m wary this project crosses the line between commuter privacy and art, at the same time, I can’t look away.

Also in New York, here’s Zadie Smith writing for the New York Review of Books on finding your beach.

(If you’re wondering, yes I will link to everything Zadie Smith writes. And no, sadly she didn’t win the BBC National Short Story award I mentioned in my previous Bookmarks postLionel Shriver took out first place.)

My reviews are calling me. I’m off to continue writing into the night. We need more long weekends, don’t you think?

I’ll be back soon with a new review or two.

Author: Michelle

Reader, writer, wannabe. Literary critic (with training wheels on). Blogging my way through the 20th century's classic novels in chronological order.

One thought on “book to the future bookmarks #12”

  1. Great post. I’m keen to read more short stories because I feel like I need to write some! But it’s hard to pull myself out of my novel and go short. I read a review of a new book of short stories by Hilary Mantel – sounds awesome.

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