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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 53, December 2014

 Issue 53, December 2014


"I Hate Feminists!"
by Mélissa Blais and 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.

December 6, 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the massacre and a memorial was held at the engineering building at Memorial University to mark the anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre in Montreal in which 14 women were murdered.

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.


Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing

by Susan Hawthorne

the points that Hawthorne has to make here are enlightening and important, and whether you are the owner of an independent publishing company, a writer who works on books in your free time, or simply a reader who wants to discover the best texts out there, Bibliodiversity is a must-read.Craig Manning, Independent Publisher


Haifa Fragments
by khulud khamis

khulud khamis unpacks the multiple layers of culture, religion, sexuality, politics, feminism and nationalism in the hope of gathering the fragmented pieces of the past and reclaiming the lost contiguity of being Palestinian. 

Samah Sabawi, Palestinian playwright and commentator

The Floating Garden

by Emma Ashmere

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!


Merlinda Bobis's award winning Fish-Hair Woman adapted for stage and performed at The De La Salle University was described 'as poetic as the novel'

Fish-Hair Woman is as much a story about the crimes of the government against its people as it is an intense longing for home and a recollection of memory, marked by one’s own sense of fiction in an attempt to make sense of the events that have scarred her life and helped define who she is. We do not know the truth, but we just happen to accept what we believe is true.

And a seasonal reminder to our subscribers:

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And from the Spinifex team we wish you all



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