Multi-award winning author Merlinda Bobis has won a Philippine National Award for Best Novel in English for Locust Girl: A Lovesong
Merlinda is also on the shortlist for the 2016 ACT Book of the Year Award.
Emma Ashmere's lovely novel The Floating Garden was shortlisted for the Most Underrated Book Award MUBA
This is what the judges had to say about The Floating Garden:
The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere is a evocative story that gives insight into the pressures and freedoms of creative, bohemian women in 1920s Sydney. It’s set during the construction of the great modernist undertaking of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. While it will connect different parts of Sydney, it’s construction will leave the poor Milson’s Point community without their homes and without compensation. The novel alternates between the lives of middle aged gardening writer Ellis Gilbey who ran a boarding house in Milson’s Point and painter Rennie Howarth, a well-to-do English woman who escapes her abusive Australian husband. The two stories eventually intersect but the story is really Ellis Gilbey’s as she learns to love again and to come to terms with her painful past.
Jane Sullivan in The Age
In Celebration of Feminist Publishing
Photo: Clare O'Shannessy
Two groups of women are celebrating 25 years of getting women's books out to readers. One is Spinifex Press, which started when publishers Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein were on holiday in Kakadu, lamenting that the bookstores were stocking obscure postmodern texts instead of the feisty feminist books with an activist edge they wanted to see. So they did some calculations on a scrap of paper and thought they might run Spinifex for a year or so.
Their baby has just put out an anniversary catalogue of 205 titles, covering fiction and non-fiction, personal and political writing. And they have gone international, with books selling in the US, Canada, Britain, and New Zealand; about a third of Spinifex titles have editions in translation or available through other English language publishers.
Spinifex prides itself on being ahead of the curve, and now the curve is catching up. It was publishing books on subjects such as domestic violence long before anybody else was interested. Its fiction is trailblazing too, with books by Merlinda Bobis winning Australian and international awards.
Kathy Barry, author and Professor Emerita Pennsylvania State University has written 2016 - The Twenty - Fifth Anniversary of Spinifex Press published in Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence
I asked Renate Klein about the name of the press, "A weed?" "Spinifex isn't it a weed"?
She responded: "Spinifex: It is an important native desert grass that holds the earth together. It is beautiful to look at but very prickly when you touch it."
How is that for a description of radical feminists and a radical feminist press?
Authors in the Media
Melinda Tankard Reist, editor of Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls was interviewed by 3AW's Neil Mitchell about sexist advertising soon to be banned in Victoria. Melinda Tankard Reist is also a co-founder of Collective Shout and has been campaigning against the slogans on Wicked Campers for some time.
Read more about our wonderful collection of books in our latest 2016 Anniversary Catalogue
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