I found this quote from Andrew O'Hagen on Pavlov's Cat. It is part of a speech that O'Hagen gave at the Sydney Writers Festival earlier this year.
Literature may be entertaining and it may be diverting but its role in a civilised world is neither for distraction nor diversion, but for engagement: every day is Sorry Day in the world of literature and every day is Humanity Day and Contemplation Day and Tolerance Day and Get Your Finger Out of Your Arse Day. Let the word go out. Literature is not Lifestyle – it is Life. It is the news that stays news.
His latest book (I think) is "Be Near Me" which I might investigate.