An item in the Sydney Morning Herald today announced the publication of a new Patrick White manuscript in 2012. No sense is given of the nature or date of the manuscript, but I infer it is a novella-length work from roughly the era of Three Uneasy Pieces, in other words very late work. It is always wonderful to have a new work--however flawed or problematic--from such a great writer, but particularly auspicious in that, given that the major conferences on White have been most likely already held in advance of his centenary, and that he disappointingly fid not win the 'lost' man Booker Prize for 1970, the publication of the manuscript furnishes an opportunity for White to make 'news' in 2012 and therefore for all the more attention to be drawn to the anniversary. The two scholars involved Elizabeth Webby and Margaret Harris, are longtime pillars in Australian Literary Studies; I have met Elizabeth numerous times including last year in Sydney, and she has beeb a guiding force in the ongoing journey of Antipodes and of the intellectual life of Australianists everywhere I only met Margaret once, at our conference in Florida in 1990, but it was an important and influential meeting for me, and her work on a variety of topics--not just Australian--has beeb illuminating. So we can look forward to a well-edited and no doubt intriguing White book next year.