Violence does not always take visible form, and not all wounds gush blood.
Eleanor Catton, the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker prize, has announced that she will put the money from her latest awards win towards establishing a grant that will give writers “time to read”.
Catton’s The Luminaries, set during New Zealand’s 19th-century gold rush, took the Booker last year, when Catton was just 28. It has now won the Kiwi author the New Zealand Post best fiction and people’s choice awards, and Catton has said that she will use her winnings of NZ$15,000 (£7,500) to help other writers.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, the author said that she is now in the “extraordinary position of being able to make a living from my writing alone, something I never dreamed was possible”, and so it “seems only right to do as Emery Staines” – a character from The Luminaries – “would do, and start giving this fortune away”.
Her grant, she said, is intended to give its recipient “the means and opportunity not to write, but to read, and to share what they learn through their reading with their colleagues in the arts”.
This is phenomenal. As a currently unemployed writer, I feel incredible pressure to spend the majority of my days networking, applying for jobs, and doing the freelance work that’s bringing in some money. Picking up a book before I climb into bed at night to just read for pleasure brings up crazy feelings of guilt.
So does working on my novel. It’s a catch-22. I have all the time.
#this is the moment when johanna fell in love with katniss#because she thought katniss was loving the attention and everything#but she saw that in the end katniss was just a little scared girl#just like she had been when she was reaped#and that’s when she saw the strength of katniss#how had she survived the games#and that’s why this is the beginning of their relationship#make him pay for it#give him hell#because these queens are gonna bring down his dictatorship
Labor Day Weekend
my favorite thing in stories is when the antagonist doesn’t die, but instead they realize they were being kind of a stupid dick (maybe because the protagonist saved them or something) and then they have to kind of awkwardly tag along with the heroes in order to make up for their mistakes and gradually become slightly less evil