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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 31, October 2012

We're thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of The Fabulous Feminist by Suniti Namjoshi. This new novel from the fabulist author includes fables, poetry, prose, autobiography and children’s stories – is about power, inequality, oppression, effectively using the power of language and the literary tradition to expose the absurd and unacceptable. The Fabulous Feminist is now available forpreorder, and will be released in November.

Praise for Suniti Namjoshi

Suniti Namjoshi is an inspired fabulist. —Marina Warner

Her imagination soars to breathtaking heights . . . she has the enviable skill of writing stories that are as entertaining as they are thought-provoking. —Kerry Lyon, Australian Book Review

With harsh lucidity and elegant irony, Namjoshi uses the paradigms of fable to instruct – and reconstruct – our social perceptions. —M. Travis Lane


Vandana Shiva, Making Peace with the Earth  

The Australian launch of Vandana Shiva’s latest book Making Peace with the Earth is almost here. Come down to the lovely grounds of Ceres Environment Park where it will be launched by Bob Phelps, Director of Gene Ethics, with guest speaker Fran Murrell of MADGE. (Please note, Vandana will not be in attendance.)

CERES Environment Park
Village Green, Roberts St, Brunswick East
Melways 30 B7 • Tram 96
12 noon, Saturday, 10 November
• Special performance by Kavisha Mazzella •
This is a FREE event

Copies of Making Peace With the Earth are now available for pre-order, and will be available on the day, along with Vandana's other titles.


Merlinda Bobis is attending the 3rd Manila International Literary Festival (Nov 14-16) and launching the Philippine edition of Fish-Hair Woman. The festival is being held at the Ayala Museum, courtesy of the National Book Development Board (NBDB). More details about the festival can be found on the NBDB website.

SPUNC (Small Press Underground Network) have launched a new industry conference for independent publishers to be held in November. The conference marks the first of what will become Australia’s premier annual event for independent, Australian publishers and all members of the industry will be invited to attend. Spinifex Director Susan Hawthorne has been invited to speak at the conference Academic Day on November 8th. Susan will be in the 3rd Floor Workshop Room of the Wheeler Centre, discussing ''Bibliodiversity: The power of the local in the global" from 1.15 to 2.45. If you're eligible, make sure you register for the conference, it's sure to be a very interesting and important event for Australian independent publishing. 

Diamond Valley, Oxfam, Montsalvat, and ELTHAM bookshop present the 8th annual World Matters 2012 'Silence Is Betrayal'. Prepaid and early Bookings for World Matters are essential. Phone 9439 8700 or email


The wonderful book review blog 'Whispering Gums' has written a very interesting post examining Australian women’s non-fiction writing. Among the authors examined is Francesca Rendle-Short, and her gripping memoir/fiction novel Bite Your Tongue (which was recently shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award). About Bite Your Tongue Whispering Gums said, 'Rendle-Short’s story is powerful and no less valid or true because she has chosen to write most of it through a fictional voice. It’s a clever book. Most of it is told in the voice of the fictional Glory because “some stories are hard to tell, they bite back … [so] I’ve had to come at it obliquely, give myself over to the writing with my face half-turned” but the “real” Francesca has the odd chapter which comments on, validates, Glory’s experiences. The truths in this book are palpable.'


Spinifex had a lovely time at the Frankfurt Book Fair. New Zealand was the Guest of Honour at the prestigious Book Fair this year, which ran from 10-14 October. Spinifex author, Cathie Dunsford, was in attendance and Susan Hawthorne reported a ‘renewed interest in our New Zealand titles, including novels by Beryl Fletcher, Cathie Dunsford and Sandi Hall’, due to the country’s Guest of Honour Status.

After having its world-wide release at the Melbourne Writers Festival, Sefi Atta's new novel A Bit of Difference has now been published overseas and is getting rave reviews. 

Halftribe recently sat down for an interview with Sefi, and when asked the meaning behind the book's title, she explained "The novel is a profile on Deola. It is about the different expectations people put on her because she is an African woman. She also questions the validity of international charities, such as the one she works for. She wonders how much difference they make in Africa."

Me, You and Books featured Sefi Atta's A Bit of Difference this week: 'I recommend A Bit of Difference to readers interested in how we relate across ethnic and geographical boundaries and in a present-day depiction of Nigeria’s urbanized and westernized upper middle-class. For all its critical messages, A Bit of Difference is an enjoyable book, with bits of humour and grace.' 


Danielle Binks has written a piece, 'TV review: The Bletchley Circle' in which she praises the strong female leads and finds it refreshing, particularly as it brings to light the hidden role women played as code-breakers during WW11.

Check out Danielle Binks other piece, 'Cross-Marketing Your Cancer! a review of 'Pink Ribbons Inc' it's a real eye opener, revealing how the pink ribbon breast cancer awareness campaign has become ‘the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns.’

Best Regards,
Spinifex Press Staff

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