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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 52, November 2014


I Hate Feminists!: December 6, 1989 and its Aftermath
by Mélissa Blais, Translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott

An important text for those who seek to understand how the reality of violence against women is portrayed in the media today.

On December 6, 1989, a man walked into the engineering school École Polytechnique de Montréal, armed with a semi-automatic rifle. Declaring “I hate feminists,” Marc Lépine killed fourteen young women.

Timely, scholarly, controversial.  

Originally published in French in 2009, I Hate Feminists! examines the collective memory that emerged in the aftermath of the massacre as Canadians struggled to make sense of this tragic event and to understand the motivations of the killer.


Huge congratulations to Merlinda Bobis whose novel Fish-Hair Woman won the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language! This was awarded by The National Book Development Board, a government agency mandated to develop and support the Philippine book publishing industry. 



Susan Hawthorne will present a keynote address on her Bibliodiversity Manifesto to open the ‘industry day’ of the Independent Publishers Conference in Sydney, this Friday 14 November. The draft program for the Friday sessions is now available.



A fantastic review of Susan Hawthorne's imagist poetry collection Lupa & Lamb, from Bronwyn Lovell writing for Lip Magazine: "This collection is the ultimate in feminist poetry. Its breadth is mind-boggling, its vision grand ... Writing like this helps me believe that sexism — despite being so persistent and pervasive — is not insurmountable with so many voices speaking out against it. Writers like Hawthorne give me hope that women’s voices are growing with each generation, and that they will ultimately make themselves heard."

If you're an Italian-speaker, you can also listen to Patrizia Burley's review of Lupa and Lamb for SBS Italiano! ... but if you are an Italian-speaker, this sentence may make more sense to you: Patrizia Burley recensisce "Lupa and Lamb", una raccolta di poesie di Susan Hawthorn.

Fiona Capp reviewed The Coral Battleground reprint for The Age: "It's a rousing, David and Goliath story about a grassroots campaign up against the might of multinational oil companies and the government, and a timely reminder that the battle is yet to be won."


A fabulous review of forthcoming-2015 title The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere appeared in Books+Publishing, Sept 2014 issue ... with a four-star rating!

Here is the review: "The Floating Garden beautifully and evocatively portrays both the difficulties and the sense of promise in the post-war era… There is something quintessentially Australian about this book, and at times it reminded me of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet."

... and if you want to know more about The Floating Garden, check out our new catalogue



Gail Dines - author of Pornland - has weighed in on the sexual assault allegations leveled against Canadian radio celebrity, Jian Ghomeshi.

Writing for Feminist Current, Dines says: "I wish I could say that these types of assaults are news to me, but I have seen thousands of porn scenes that map out exactly the acts these women describe, and have interviewed hundreds of women who recount the same type of violence. Of course porn isn’t the only reason men assault women, but when you hear the same stories over and over again, from being choked till they almost pass out (and many of the women I interviewed have indeed passed out) to being verbally assaulted during the attack, then, as a sociologist, I have to ask: What 'playbook' are these guys following?"

Judy Foster, author of Invisible Women of Prehistory, has written an essay - 'Why I admire the goddess': "The early female figurines (made by women for women’s rituals?) are imaginative, sophisticated in form and proportion, and may have displayed important ritual meanings for those who made and viewed them. Sensual in shape and touch, they are made to fit comfortably in the hand, or for placing upright in soil or vessel; and they are small, easy to carry around by the hunter gatherers who were often on the move." 

Spinifex will soon be reprinting Zohl dé Ishtar's 2005 Holding Yawulyu: White Culture and Black Women’s Law. So Zohl is writing to you, her readers, asking for assistance in writing a new afterword for the reprint: "I’m turning to you my online 'family' to assist me. I’m very keen to hear from you what you think I should/could write about."

Leave a reply on her blog, or contact Spinifex via our Facebook page with your suggestions! 


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