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What do you get someone for Valentine's Day? Chocolates are a cliché and flowers die. Be original and give someone special the new book by Suniti Namjoshi - Suki!
In Suki, fabulist Suniti Namjoshi weaves a witty and delightful tapestry from threads of longing, loss, memory, metaphor, and contemplation. Suki is a lightly fictionalised memoir of one woman and her cat. Comparable to J.R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip,Nilanjana Roy’s The Wildings and Paul Auster’s Mr Bones, the book is full of tender wisdom and sharp insight into the unique relationship between human and animal
The book also features some gorgeous illustrations by Joy Gosney. It really is the purrfect gift for this Valentine's Day (... yeah, we went there).
Spinifex strives to make sure your favourite books are never out of stock - and this year we have reprints of some of our most popular books in the works! From Melinda Tankard Reists's Getting Real and Defiant Birth, to Big Porn Inc and Judy Atkinson's Trauma Trails. All these great books have been reprinted and we have plenty in stock!
Lucy Scholes, writing for The National, has this to say about Atta's 2013 novel A Bit of Difference: "Everything about this novel is real and tangible; it’s a truthful and deeply thoughtful portrait of the contemporary African diaspora – corruption, crime, bigotry, Aids and malaria versus cultural disassociation and ingrained, but ignored, racism."
While the DailyMail says, "The result is a shrewd, quietly fearless and often witty novel that triumphantly succeeds in being both politically thought-provoking and emotionally engaging."
Suniti Namjoshi's new book Suki has been receiving some fantastic pre-release praise. Somak Ghoshal for Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal says, "Only a sure-footed cat can bring one to truth that is so pithy—and yet so profound." LOTL said, "Suki is a warm and highly relatable tale that is well-paced and thoughtful." Writer's Edit also had nothing but praise for Suniti's thoughtful new book: "I related to many things as both a writer and a reader, and was left with a feeling of contemplation about life and art that not many other books can instill. I would recommend it to any writer for it’s original structure and concept, but also for it’s sharp and profound observations about life itself."
Suniti was also interviewed by The Times of India, discussing gender prejudice in literature.
The Halifax Media Co-Op reviewed Vandana Shiva's Making Peace with the Earth. Reviewer Jane Hudson said, “Not only is corporate power converging with state power for the great resource grab, corporate-state power is emerging as militarised power to undemocratically impose an unsustainable and unjust agenda on the earth and its people.”
Tristan Foster wrote a stunning review of Beryl Fletcher's novella Juno & Hannah for Verity La: "The river is a handy motif. The story too flows and meanders like a running river, snaking in on itself before straightening, only to begin to curl again. The pace has the effect of smoothing the narrative out, keeping it consistent as mysteries rise or as they are resolved. It works to ensure that what is a complex story never loses focus."
Sue Terry also reviewed Juno & Hannah on her Whispering Gums book blog: "There’s something about Fletcher’s direct narrative style evoking an almost other-worldly setting that drew me in. I didn’t want to put it down."
The Spinifex team would like to extend hearty congratulations to author Lara Fergus, for her appointment as the Director of Policy and Evaluation of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children.
Lara is the author of Edmund White Award-winning debut My Sister Chaos.
Listen to Abigail Bray, author of Misogyny Re-loaded, discuss her explosive manifesto against the resurgent sexual fascism of the new world order
Meghan Murphy for Feminist Current conducted an insightful and thought-provoking interview with Kajsa Ekis Ekman, author of Being and Being Bought. A big focus of the interview was on prostitution, Kajsa had this to say: "A century later, the feminist movement has happened and while people are still defending this institution, the discourse has changed. People don’t want talk about men and women, they want to talk about it in market terms. But it’s still very much a gendered issue — I mean, the buyers are almost 100% men and the sellers, at least here in Sweden, are at least 90% women." Lastly, Kajsa wonderd "Why should we legalize a 'job' that has such high rates of abuse, murder, rape, & sexual harassment?" Her book Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self is an absolute must-read in this debate!
Kajsa was also interviewed by Rosa (For Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity).
Fair Trade and Fair Speech: Feminist Publishing in the 21st Century
Spinifex Press opened doors 23 years ago, in 1991, with a remit of publishing ‘controversial and innovative feminist books with an optimistic edge’. As director of Spinifex Press, Susan Hawthorne has weathered every storm that has threatened the industry, allowing Spinifex to stay the course when many other independent presses have fallen by the wayside. In conversation with PEN Melbourne’s Cynthia Troup, Susan outlines the directions feminist publishing must take in order to survive.
WHERE - The Wheeler Centre: 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
WHEN - 6:15PM - 7:15PM Wednesday 19 March 2014
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