Bodies, effort, straws: The Special by David Stavanger

I had the pleasure last night of launching The Special by David Stavanger, winner of the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Prize. The book is published by UQP and available now. David and I didn't know each other beforehand, but connected through words (in emails, but mainly through our work) and it was a wonderful night, with much warmth. … Continue reading Bodies, effort, straws: The Special by David Stavanger

Launching just_a_girl

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm launching Kirsten Krauth's complex, confronting, excellent debut novel just_a_girl in Castlemaine this weekend. It's only a hop from Melbourne so you should come. There will be music! See the Facebook invite here. And if you're not already following Kirsten's fantastic blog, do check it out.

Tempeh matters: the launch of Janet De Neefe’s Bali: The Food of My Island Home

This is cross-posted from Southerly, where I am blogging in December. Recently I attended the launch of Janet De Neefe’s new cookbook Bali: The Food of My Island Home. De Neefe moved to Bali 26 years ago after falling in love with the place and with a local man. She has founded two restaurants in Ubud: Casa … Continue reading Tempeh matters: the launch of Janet De Neefe’s Bali: The Food of My Island Home

Recent awards shortlists, book launches galore, and some mid-week links

* Awards galore this week! You've probably seen them already, but I thought I'd throw my two cents in on a couple of recent shortlists (click through to reviews/interviews/mentions previously featured on LM). The Age Book of the Year shortlist is out. Readings has reported it. I've read three of the fiction, but unfortunately none of the poetry or … Continue reading Recent awards shortlists, book launches galore, and some mid-week links