Some Librarians Write Books. A Top 10 List.

out stealing horsesSome of the world’s finest writers have also been librarians at one point or another. Check out this interesting and comprehensive list of some of the best books written by those inscrutable keepers of books. If you know of any other current or former librarians that are also writers, please leave a comment and tell us.

What’s the Librarian Reading Now?

VAGABONDHOLES   Author Biography

Mr Bull is currently reading Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids edited by Chris Coughran & Niall Lucy and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman. David McComb was an Australian singer/songwriter best known as the Lead Singer/Guitarist with groundbreaking Perth band The Triffids. Named after the British writer John Wyndam’s famous dystopian novel, McComb Garnering wide critical acclaim with this band especially in the UK and Europe. The lineup included McComb’s brother Robert, future Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds bass player Martin P. Casey and pedal and lap steel guitar legend, ‘Evil’ Graham Lee. McComb became a member of The Blackeyed Susans, as well as forming  a shortlived post-Triffids band The Red Ponies. His only solo album Love of Will has become highly collectible following the singer’s untimely death at age 37.

Robert Shearman is a prolific English playwright and screenwriter who has produced three volumes of short stories, this being the second. His other claim to fame is as the first writer to bring back the Daleks in television’s Doctor Who in his hugely popular episode, Dalek. Check out my post about his appearance at the Adelaide Writers Festival 2012.

What’s the Librarian Reading Now?

Sweet Tooth  ten rules

Mr Bull is currently reading Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan and The Ten Rules of Rock and Roll by Robert Forster. Ian McEwan is one of England’s pre-eminent contemporary novelists. His awards include The Booker Prize, TheWhitberad First Novel Award and many others. For a full list of his awards visit his website here. Several of his books have been made into successful films including Atonement and Enduring Love. Robert Forster is an Australian singer/songwriter/writer best known for his work with seminal Brisbane indie/post punk band The Go-Betweens.

Stephen King to Publish Shining Sequel after 35 Years

   doctor sleepIt has been announced that master story-teller Stephen King will publish a sequel to his 1977 horror classic The Shining in September 2013. The new novel, Doctor Sleep will feature the adult Danny Torrance (the psychically gifted little boy from the first book). King’s 1977 novel, his third published book and the first to be come a hardback bestseller was subsequently made into the iconic film of the same Latest Stephen King Newsname by Stanley Kubrick in 1980.

‘New’ F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Finally Published After 76 Years

A previously unpublished short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the famed author of The Great Gatsby has finally been published by the magazine that originally rejected it 76 years ago. The current editor of The New Yorker magazine wasted no time in publishing the story which was unearthed amongst his belongings by his grandchildren and resubmitted.

Mary Shelley Born on this day in 1797

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born on this day in 1797. Best known as the author of Frankenstein, arguably the world’s first Science-Fiction novel, she was the daughter of the English intellectuals William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft and wife to the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her influence on literature, particularly the later period of Gothic literature and popular culture through her most famous novel can hardly be overestimated. For more gothic literature resources visit the gothic page on our Reading page.

Skulduggery Pleasant Author Derek Landy Visit a Huge Success

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Acclaimed Irish children’s author Derek Landy ‘s first visit to Adelaide was a resounding success. After brief signing stops in Norwood and Rundle Mall, the Skulduggery Pleasant  author arrived at Cabra College to a rapturous welcome. Around 250 people of all ages packed the newly completed St. Dominic’s Hall to hear Derek talk about his books, his cats and dogs and life in general. His darkly humorous monologue had the audience spellbound resulting in a huge queue snaking through the hall to have a book signed. Hundreds of children and adults alike chatted with the amiable Irish author and posed for photographs while he signed their books, posters, arms and anything else to hand.

Derek  also happily signed a stack of copies of his first novel which will be up for grabs as prizes in our Book Week Champion’s Read dress-up competition this Thursday. Derek rushed from Cabra to the airport to catch a flight to Perth in order  to complete the  Australia and New Zealand leg of his current tour. His welcome visit to South Australia for this exclusive event was thanks to Pages and More Bookshop, Glenelg, his Australian publishers Harper Collins and the Cabra Library and Drama Department Staff.

The event went off without a hitch and both Cabra College and Pages and More hope this is just the first in a long series of similar author events to be held here. It was simply a fantastic start to Book Week in this our National Year of Reading and so brilliant to see this many enthusiastic readers on a Saturday at the School.

Author Derek Landy Visits Cabra to Kick Off Book Week 2012

 Acclaimed Irish children’s author Derek Landy will visit Cabra College on Saturday 18th August to help celebrate CBCA Book Week for 2012. The Children’s Book Council of Australia coordinates this celebration of books and reading which in its 67th year is the longest running children’s festival in Australia.

Derek is best know for his fabulously popular and darkly humorous Skulduggery Pleasant series. He will be at the College for a much anticipated talk and book signing. Tickets, though free are I’m afraid all totally gone. If you have yet to secure one you will just have to read about the event on this blog. Sorry.

Derek is touring Australia and New Zealand at present and makes a welcome detour to South Australia for this exclusive event thanks to Pages and More Bookshop Glenelg and his most excellent publishers Harper Collins.

Adelaide Author D.M. Cornish’s Cabra Visit

  On Wednesday 23rd May as part of National Year of Reading acclaimed Adelaide author and illustrator D.M. Cornish  visited Cabra College. He addressed several hundred students from Years 6-10 during two brilliantly informative talks in the newly opened St. Dominic’s Hall.

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Accompanying his account of how he got started as a writer with dozens of his own intricately drawn illustrations, Mr Cornish held the pupils captivated. Each session concluded with a detailed and at times humourous question and answer session. The author signed copies of his Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy during Recess, posing for photos with excited students. After an invitation-only lunch with lucky pupils Mr Cornish led a unique writing workshop with a Year 10 Extension English class. Students left this session buzzing with ideas for stories, novels and worlds of their own to build. D.M Cornish is the author of the well received fantasy series, Monster Blood Tattoo originally published by Omnibus Books here in Adelaide.

More Monster Blood Tattoo Information, Links and Resources

Author D.M. Cornish at Cabra

Adelaide author and illustrator D.M. Cornish is at Cabra College tomorrow for a series of talks, book signings and a writing workshop. Cornish is the author of the well received fantasy series, Monster Blood Tattoo originally published by Omnibus Books here in Adelaide.

If you’d like a signed copy of any or all of his three books bring $15 per book to the Book Room. Mr Cornish will be signing his books from 10.30am in the foyer of the new St. Dominic’s Hall.

Click on the links below for a wealth of Monster Blood Tattoo and Half Continent info and resources.

Official Monster Blood Tattoo Site (ANZ),

Author’s Monster Blood Tattoo Blog

Intricate Map of the Half Continent

Monster Blood Tattoo Wiki

Lands of the Half Continent Fan Forum

 Fan site run through Facebook