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Bibliophile | J. C. Burke tackles ’90s HIV stigma in new young adult novel




The Things We Promise by J. C. Burke Allen & Unwin Year 11 student Gemma is counting down to the school formal. It’s the early 1990s when obsessions included Jane Fonda workout videos, Pretty Woman, Jump Street and Moonlighting. It was also a time when there was a huge amount of panic about a new […]

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Bibliophile | Bill Hayes muses on love and loss in the city that never sleeps




Insomniac City by Bill Hayes Bloomsbury Bill Hayes moved to New York from San Francisco in 2009. He took very little with him as he wanted to leave behind reminders of his previous life with his partner who had died from AIDS. At 48 years of age, he had no savings and all his belongings […]

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Bibliophile | A chaotic entry in Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta series




Chaos by Patricia Cornwell Harper Collins Patricia Cornwell is incredibly popular, having sold over 100 million books and appearing on the New York Times’ Best Seller List 29 times. This is the twenty-fourth thriller featuring forensic pathologist and lawyer Kay Scarpetta. I remember enjoying some earlier books in the Scarpetta Series and was looking forward […]

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Bibliophile | Meditating pups galore in Alex Cearns’ Zen Dogs




Zen Dogs by Alex Cearns HarperCollins Alex Cearns is well-known among Perth pet owners for her ability to produce amazing photographs of furry or feathered family members at her Houndstooth Studio in North Perth. Actually, Alex Cearns is well-known much further abroad as she has won over 100 awards for her work. This includes the […]

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International Women’s Day | Refusing To Exist Quietly by Maddie Godfrey




Refusing To Exist Quietly    I am from a community of women who refuse to wilt like dying flowers, who braid ropes from their body hair and use it to pull each other up   I am from a community of women who rise with the resilience of their thighs   Thighs that are strong […]

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Bibliophile: Ida by Alison Evans




Ida by Alison Evans Alison Evans is currently doing a PhD in Young Australian Literature, focusing on non-binary gender, bisexual identities and coming out. She writes about people who don’t know what they want, relationships and Melbourne. Set in Melbourne, her novel is about how choices can make or unmake someone. The main character Ida […]

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Roxane Gay pulls book from publisher in protest against Milo Yiannopoulos

Roxane Gay pulls book from publisher in protest against Milo Yiannopoulos




Best selling Feminist author Roxane Gay has pulled her upcoming book How to be Heard from its publisher TED books, a subsidiary of Simon and Schuster. The move is in response to the publishing giant commissioning a book from author Milo Yiannopoulos, a hero of the alt-right movement. Gay is best known for her 2014 […]

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What’s on at the 2017 Perth Writers Festival

What’s on at the 2017 Perth Writers Festival




Ben Rawlence spent four years in Dadaab Refugee Camp which has been in Northern Kenya for 25 years. At the University of WA’s Octagon Theatre on Thursday 25 February, he will talk about his book City of Thorns and open the 2017 Perth Writers Festival. The PIAF Writers Festival brings over 100 celebrated writers from […]

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Author S.E. Hinton says she’s being attacked for being heterosexual

Author S.E. Hinton says she’s being attacked for being heterosexual




Author S.E. Hinton, who wrote the popular teen-fiction books The Outsiders, Tex, Rumblefish and That was then This is now, has complained that she’s been targeted by the LGBT community after she insisted all the characters in her novels were definitely heterosexual. Hinton’s career began in the late 1960, she wrote her first novel The Outsiders while she was 15 years […]

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Publisher defends Milo Yiannopoulos book deal

Publisher defends Milo Yiannopoulos book deal




  Publisher Simon and Schuster are defending their decision to sign a US$250,000 deal to publish the autobiography of alt-right identity Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopouos, who is a regular guest on SKY News’ The Bolt Report, is an outspoken journalist who was banned from social media platform Twitter after he led a campaign encouraging people to troll Ghostbusters’ actress […]

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