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19 Feb 2010

Fancy Goods

Back in June 1921 when Bookseller+Publisher magazine was founded by D W Thorpe, it went by the name of The Australian Stationery and Fancy Goods Journal. Now we can keep up with plenty of book related news and reviews on a blog named in honour of that original unwielding-yet-charming title, written by the Bookseller+Publisher team and their friends in the trade.

You will find a link to Fancy Goods under Interesting Book Stuff on the BiP blog homepage.

Coming in March

Gravel by Peter Goldsworthy
Hamish Hamilton

A contented woman finds herself considering bizarre sexual invitation that just days before filled her with scorn. A mediocre man is pulled into a strange dance with his stalker. A father gives his daughtr a Christmas present with a disturbing history. An ugly sports parent plays a game of ridiculous chance. A young boy's music lesson offers him a discordant insight into adult behaviour. And in a primal tale about the borderline between animals and humans, death is horrifyingly not the end of the story....
Compulsively readable, pitch-perfect in mood, Gravel ponders the forces that can wear down a marriage, darken desire, and lead people to thwart their best intentions.

Read one of the stories from Gravel here.
After Nam Le's The Boat, I am thoroughly looking forward to this one! - Kristy

As predicted, I loved Gravel. Very powerful stuff. - Kristy

1 Feb 2010

Wheeler Centre to open in February

The Wheeler Centre : Books, Writing, Ideas is a new cultural institution due to open at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne this month. The centre, named after the founders of Lonely Planet travel guides, will become a hub for Victoria's literary and publishing community, dedicated to the discussion and practice of writing and ideas through a year-round programme of talks, lectures, readings and debates. The centre will also house the Melbourne Writers' Festival, Victorian Writers' Centre, Australian Poetry Centre and Emerging Writers' Festival. 

Check it out!