The entrance of Minotaur
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Book Events 24 – 30 June

THURSDAY 24 JUNE ABR Calibre Prize: ‘Seeing Truganini’ 6.16pm – 7.15pm Tickets: Free Bookings: Recommended Venue: Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne Website: Wheeler Centre Dr David Hansen, discusses his winning Calibre Prize essay ‘Seeing Truganini’ and the stigmas surrounding indigenous art with curators Brenda L Croft and Tony Brown. Dog’s Bar StorytellingKent MacCarter … Continue reading

Book events 17 – 23 June

THURSDAY 17 JUNE Benjamin Law book launch The Family Law 6.30pm Tickets: Free Bookings: Essential – (03) 9347 6633 or events@readings.com.au Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton Website: Readings Events Benjamin Law in conversation with Jess McGuire for the launch of The Family Law. FRIDAY 18 JUNE Evan Maloney book launch Tofu Landing Bookings: info@brunswickbound.com.au … Continue reading

Reading Wars

I love a good debate – especially one that shakes up our otherwise humble literary world. In this case, that’s literary with both the upper and lower case ‘L.’ This particular argument was spurred by world-renowned novelist Peter Carey, well-known for his Booker Prize-winning adaptation of the history of the Kelly gang, among other greats. … Continue reading

Time-Life Food of the World Cookbooks

When my parents married in Hong Kong in 1967 my Chinese mother didn’t even know how to boil an egg. Brought up in a middle class Chinese family she had grown up with a cook. My father, a white Australian, grew up with an English mother who cooked all the family meals, a typical meal … Continue reading

Book events 10 – 16 June

THURSDAY 10 JUNE Donna Mulhearn book launch Ordinary Courage 6.30pm Tickets: Free Bookings: Essential – (03) 9347 6633 or events@readings.com.au Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton Website: Readings Events Tim Costello will launch Donna Mulhearn’s book about her experiences as a human shield in Baghdad. Dog’s Bar Storytelling Patrick O’Neill & Mischa Merz 8.00pm Entry: … Continue reading

A Typo in Bad Taste

Working for a large, chain-store bookseller certainly has its highs and lows. Books and socialising with booklovers = high point; the not-so-great pay and the sneaky corporate cons = low points. Being kept in the dark about Penguin’s latest typo scandal = big, big low. In brief, a Penguin cookbook, The Pasta Bible, has been … Continue reading

Here Come the Ebooks

I read an article about how ebooks lack the personality that authors — and the people who give books to others as presents — sometimes leave for posterity with their handwritten inscriptions.’ It kind of reminds me of the evolution of digital painting technology. I used to think digital brushes could never do things like … Continue reading

Book events 3 – 9 June

THURSDAY 3 JUNE Julian Burnside: Mind Your Language 12.45pm – 1.00pm Author’s Website: http://www.julianburnside.com Tickets: Free Bookings: Not necessary Venue: Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne Website: Wheeler Centre Julian Burnside discusses the use of language in the public arena and how it can be used effectively and accurately. Medine Simmons and Merryl Naughton … Continue reading

The entrance of Minotaur

Bookshop Review: Minotaur

Minotaur is an underground heaven for sci-fi lovers, comic and anime fans and gamers. It has an impressively huge collection of everything pop-culture, including sci-fi books, fantasy books, comic books (both Japanese and American), animation, TV dramas, music, games, wresting videos, digital art books, and any sort of merchandise you can think of (from key … Continue reading

‘Leave Your Sleep’ by Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant (lead ingénue from 10, 000 Maniacs) has just released a new double album Leave Your Sleep (or it comes as a single abbreviated version – don’t buy it, do yourself a favour, and savour the real deal) last month from Nonesuch Records. This is a brilliant musical evocation of diverse poems by famous, … Continue reading