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The Spin Newsletter, Issue 55, March 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.

Activist and author Vandana Shiva was recently in Australia for WOMADelaide and in Sydney for Planet on a Plate : Eating and Farming for our Future


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.

Hear author of Haifa Fragments, khulud khamis being interviewed from her home in Haifa by Lynn Beaton on Melbourne's 3CR Community Radio


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
featured The Floating Garden predicting that it will be one of the great new novels for 2015!


Lupa and Lamb
by Susan Hawthorne

Hawthorne’s creativity transcends academia and scholarship. She wields images and emotion deftly, creating a thing of grace and beauty exquisitely balanced between scholarship, cultural history, a linguist’s pyrotechnics, poetry, and theater. — Donna Snyder, Red Fez

"I Hate Feminists"

by Mélissa Blais

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.

I believe this book should be read by all who even marginally consider themselves feminists. MdBrady, Me, You, and Books


Daughters of the Pacific

by Zohl De Ishtar

Chris Henderson of the inspiring “Women Howling at the Moon” joined Zohl
for a Deep-Diving Conversation held in Brisbane March 6

Zohl is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and CEO of the Kapululuango Women's Law and Culture centre, WA.
The Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre is the initiative of the Indigenous women of Balgo/Wirrimanu Aboriginal Community. It was established by the Women Elders to support them maintaining their Law (philosophy) and Culture (customs) and teaching their cultural knowledge to their younger generations.


Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution
by Rachel Moran

Rachel Moran was recently interviewed on Resistance radio about her amazing story, written in her own words and in her own name.

Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality
by Gail Dines

Author of Pornland Gail Dines has her say in Feminist Current on the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey
Watching 50 Shades Of Grey is Torture

Radically Speaking:Feminism Reclaimed

Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed

edited by Renate Klein and Diane Bell

Spinifex Publisher and author Renate Klein, joined the lively panel discussion that followed the play e-Baby by Jane Cafarella about the surrogacy industry.


Spinifex Press has sold Canadian English-language rights to Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing (Susan Hawthorne) to Fernwood Publishing and the UK rights to Haifa Fragments (khulud khamis) to New Internationalist and Italian rights to Haifa Fragments to FILA37. There is also a Spanish translation of Fish-Hair Woman in process.

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