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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 54, February 2015

February 2015

Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard
Edited by Vandana Shiva

This unique, international offering on an issue of critical importance today, demonstrates how women as activists, scientists and scholars are at the forefront of shaping new scientific and economic paradigms to reclaim seed sovereignty and food security across the world. Women in the North and South are leading movements to change both practice and paradigm: how we grow and transform our food.

March 8, 2015

Haifa Fragments
by khulud khamis

Jewellery designer Maisoon wants an ordinary extraordinary life, which isn’t easy for a tradition-defying, activist, Palestinian citizen of Israel who refuses to be crushed by the feeling of being an unwelcome guest in the land of her ancestors. Frustrated by the apathy of her boyfriend Ziyad and her father Majid—who want her to get on with her life and forget those in the Occupied Territories—she lashes out, only to discover her father isn’t the man she thought he was. Raised a Christian, in a relationship with a Muslim man and enamoured with a Palestinian woman from the Occupied Territories, Maisoon must determine her own path.


The Floating Garden
by Emma Ashmere

This beautiful novel evokes the hardships and the glories of Sydney’s past and tells the little-known story of those made homeless to make way for the famous bridge. Peopled by bohemians and charlatans, earthy folk and fly-by-nighters, The Floating Garden is about shedding secrets, seizing second chances, and finding love amongst the ruins.

The Hoopla's Bookshelf
features The Floating Garden as one of the great new novels for 2015


Lupa and Lamb
by Susan Hawthorne

Lupa and Lamb takes readers on a compelling metaphorical ride across time and space that is enchanting and exhilarating, ever more so because it is grounded in Hawthorne's deeply female sensibility and her in-depth knowledge of women's herstory from Paleolithic times to the present. Mary Saracino, Goddess Pages

Not a Choice Not a Job
by Janice Raymond

To talk about prostitution and understand the global phenomenon of sexual exploitation, there is no better starting point than
Not a Choice, Not a Job. Clare Nolan, National Catholic Reporter

Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing
by Susan Hawthorne

Susan Hawthorne coins the term bathplug publishing to be the formula based printing of books, publishers who simply follow the latest publishing successes may well be producing bathplugs of different colours-
Alicia Bee,
The Australian Writer


Francesca Rendle-Short author of Bite Your Tongue appeared in conversation with writers Bao Chan Nguyen, Suchen Christine Lim and Cate Kennedy at the National Library of Vietnam, Hanoi on 5 February.

Author of Making Peace with the Earth Dr Vandana Shiva is presenting Planet on a Plate : Eating and Farming for our Future, on February 20 February, 6 pm for 7 pm start at Teachers Federation (NSW) Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.

Vandana Shiva is a scientist, ecologist, author and winner of the Sydney Peace Prize.


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