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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 24, 13th March 2012
 Fish-Hair Woman by Merlinda Bobis, launched by Gail Jones, Adelaide           Jeff Sparrow launching Fish-Hair Woman with author Merlinda Bobis and publisher Susan Hawthorne                                                                       

Last week Fish-Hair Woman by Merlinda Bobis was launched in Adelaide and Melbourne. At both launches audiences were treated to a mesmerisng and emotional reading by author Merlinda Bobis. Merlinda channelled her characters seamlessly, in one moment we were seeing and hearing the family matriach, Mamay Dulce and the next, the loyal and wise Pay Inyo. We travelled to the Philippines, to the village of Iraya and while there, heard the river sing. There's still the one more launch to go and if you're lucky enough to be in Canberra next week head to the Manuka Paperchain Bookstore, it'll certainly be a night to remember.


Canberra launch
When: Tuesday 20th March, 6pm
Where: Manuka Paperchain Bookstore, 34 Franklin St, Manuka


The feminist classic, The Lace Makers of Narsapur by Maria Mies will be re-released in May. The Lace Makers of Narsapur is a sensitive and groundbreaking study of women at the beginning of globalisation. Maria Mies has paved the way for others to follow, revisit the birth of these studies and see the pieces fall into place. Stay tuned for more details.


Don't forget that Merlinda Bobis and Francesca Rendle-Short author of Bite Your Tongue are speaking at a joint event hosted by the University of Wollongong's Faculty of Creative Arts as part of its Writers on Writing Series. When: Monday 26th march, 4.30-6.30pm
Where: Theatrette, Wollongong City Library, 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong

Public Lecture by Francesca Rendle-Short
Body to Body Between the Pages: Books, Censorship and Bite Your Tongue
When: Tuesday 27th March
Where: University of Wollongong, Faculty of Creative Arts, Bldg 25, Rm 163

As part of the celebrations for International Women's Day, Spinifex Press director and author Susan Hawthorne will be a feature poet at poetry@fedsquare.
When: March 17th. 2-4pm
Where: The Atrium, next to jolimontexpresso


Abbotsford Mysteries by Patrica Sykes received a glowing review in the Rochford Street Review.

Big Porn Inc was recently launched in the US and has again sparked debate around the harm caused by the porn industry. Check out this interview with editor Melinda Tankard Reist,

Check out Big Porn Inc contributer Caroline Norma's article, 'Confronting the Australian Politics of Resignation on Prostitution.'

Francesca Rendle-Short has an article in the March edition of Victorian Writers: 'Getting Your Blood Up'


My Sister Chaos  Cow cover
Spinifex Press are proud to announce that two of our authors have been listed as finalists for the US-based Publishing Triangle awards.
Lara Fergus author of My Sister Chaos, for the Edmund White Award for debut fiction and Susan Hawthorne author of Cow for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Spinifex Press is the only small publisher with two authors listed as finalists.


To celebrate the twin listings of Cow and My Sister Chaos for the Publishing Triangle Awards, the first ten readers to email us at and purchse either one of these books, will receive the other book for free.


There's plenty of interesting reads this month, check out Helen Lobato's piece, 'Spinifex at 'Be The Hero' event'
To learn more about eBooks and the changes and issues in distrubution check out, 'Spinifex eBooks no longer available for kindle'
An insightful piece by Susan Hawthorne, 'Amazon's land grab for intellectual property'
Helen Lobato digs a little deeper in, 'High cholesterol levels and women'
Kids learn a lot more at school than what's on the curriculum and one of those things is that sports spaces are mainly boys spaces. Check out Pauline Hopkins peice, 'Equal rights to school play areas'

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Spinifex Press Staff

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