The author of ‘The Book Thief’ on how to retrieve missing local voices and writing someone’s favorite book
Ahead of the festival, the Australian Young Adult writer talked to Business Insider while still being focused on finally finishing his new book after- what he calls- ‘a good decade of false starts, failed attempts and misadventures’.
Q1. How can we focus on promoting local literature?
Marcus: This has been a topic of discussion in
Marcus: These festivals bring writers and storytellers from all around the world together, and I guess the immediate impact is getting people excited about the possibilities literature provide us. I think of the
Q3. Is this your first time in
Marcus: It is my first time to Bhutan, and for my sessions, I know that one is focused on The Book Thief, as well as other writing, and another is on the topic of dystopia - which I may have to get imaginative on.
Marcus: I just don’t even think about categories like Young Adult. The only ambition I have when I sit down to work is to write someone’s favourite book…It’s a lofty ambition, I know, but otherwise, what would be the point? If you fail, there’s no shame - there are so many great novels in the world. But you have to try.
As for my new book, it’s about a boy who’s building a bridge, and in doing so, is building his life into it - and he wants it to be perfect, to make something great and miraculous…A little like trying to write someone’s favorite book.
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