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Spinifex Press Newsletter
June 2017


Welcome to The Spin newsletter coming to you from Spinifex Press, the award-winning independent feminist press. This June edition brings our latest news, book reviews, new releases and events.

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Releases for the month of June


Lady of the Realm

by Hoa Pham

Touched by the Lady of the Realm, Liên dreams of bones and bodies under the sea. The prescient warnings from the Lady weigh heavily on Liên, who is burdened by her inability to save everyone. But she knows that the Lady speaks most to those who listen. Set against the background of the Vietnam/American war we follow Liên’s path across five decades that are punctuated by endless war and suffering.Yet even in the most desperate of times, Liên refuses to be ruled by fear and anger and persists in her hope for a peaceful future.

In tender, lucid prose Hoa Pham distils painful decades of Vietnam’s past into a beautiful Buddhist story of hope, survival and the possibility of transformation for everyone.—Nicholas Jose, novelist.


Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

by Helen Lobato

In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the incidence of cervical cancer. What is emerging, however, is evidence of their harmful effects. In 2006, the experimental HPV vaccination program began and there have been at least 315 associated deaths and more than 50,000 adverse events following HPV vaccination. Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed documents the early history of cervical cancer and tracks its progression from a disease of obscurity to one of mainstream prominence. It includes the stories of vaccinated girls and boys who remain ill after receiving a vaccine purported to prevent a disease they were most unlikely to get. It records the voices of dissenters and resisters who call for an inquiry into HPV vaccines approved for use after a relentless propaganda  campaign promoting a vaccine against a virus that many had never heard of.

A brilliant, well-researched exposé on the terrifying consequences of HPV vaccination for many children that will make all parents question its benefits.
Stephen Tunley, SaneVax.

Forthcoming release for July


Ann Hannah, My (Un)Remarkable Grandmother: A Psychological Biography

Written with a sharp feminist consciousness that displays both compassion and intellect, this astute psychological biography tells the story of a resilient woman and provides invaluable insight into the realities of many (un)remarkable women who have fashioned meaningful lives out of circumstances beyond their control.

Starts the most fascinating conversations about our forgotten grandmothers.Gina Mercer

Book launches and author events

Lady of the Realm by Hoa Pham was launched by Susan Hawthorne at Global Local: Sharing Stories With The World on Saturday June 3 at the Eltham Library. At Global Local, Susan Hawthorne, author of Cow, and Lupa and Lamb spoke about the Sanskrit practice of shlesha, the ability to say multiple things at once. She also discussed her experiments in imaginative translations that she created for her book Lupa and Lamb. Hoa Pham, author of Lady of The Realm, and Wave spoke about the ramifications of having her work translated into Vietnamese in Vietnam and the loss of potential audiences if translations don’t take place because of political embargoes.


The book launch of  Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed took place on June 9 and was launched by women's health researcher Dr Renate Klein at the Kathleen Syme library and community centre.


Robert Jensen was Australia in June. His very busy tour started with two appearances at the 2017 Sydney Writers Festival after which he travelled to speaking events in Victoria and Tasmania. It was a packed schedule and Robert was a great speaker.

Book Reviews


Abigail Bray, author of Misogyny Re-loaded reviews Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade

One thing that struck me in reading this book is the determined solidarity at work in the whole project. This solidarity, this unshakable integrity, dignity of purpose, and will to justice and healing will ultimately overcome the lies of the sexual abuse industry and their apologists.
— Abigail Bray, Dignity

Forthcoming author events


khulud khamis author of Haifa Fragments is a guest at the 2017 Greenbelt Festival held in the UK. Greenbelt is a festival of arts, faith and justice and is on 25-28 August. In addition to a book reading, she'll be taking part in The Red Tent. According to khulud, "the red tent will be a place of refuge, a place of honesty, a place of fun and empowerment. And it will be hosted by a group of great Greenbelt women."

But Haifa Fragments is a special book, a novel set as the title suggests in Haifa, a city where I spent time a while back, on a subject that has been dear to my heart for over a quarter of a century.—Sara Dowse

Book Launch of Lady of the Realm at Readings Bookshop, Carlton
Wednesday, 02-Aug-2017 6:30 pm
Lady of the Realm will be launched by Alice Pung, award-winning writer, journalist and essayist.


Accidents of Composition by award-winning author Merlinda Bobis

Merlinda Bobis has a new book of poetry due for release in August. Her forthcoming events include:
 Byron Bay Writers Festival, 4-6 August
 Reading, Poetry at the House, ANU 9 August
 Bendigo Writers Festival, 11-12 August
 Launch of Wollongong Writers Festival with in-conversation with Caroline Baum 16-18   August

Authors in the media


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The Independent Publisher's Quarterly, Berlin (No. 7, 2017)


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Spinifex Press Staff

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