Posted by kluster on September 7, 2009
Being the word nerd that I am, the prospect of attending an event like the Melbourne Writers Festival foments my enthusiasm. There’s no mistaking that this is the preeminent such festival in this country. It stands to reason; the city was recently elevated to the loft heights of an UNESCO City of Literature.
It seemed a little antithetic (for a little Australian girl) that the most inspiring event was Spotlight on US Publishing Scene. Still, this was undeniably the case. Insightful is the most appropriate adjective that can be used to describe the panel that featured The Believer editor Heidi Julavitz, Melville House publisher Dennis Loy Johnson and Tin House editor Rob Spillman. There was little doom and gloom here; more of a contagious excitement about the doors currently being opened to small-scale independent publishers.