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Merlinda Bobis wins the MUBA for 2013

The Small Press Network’s ‘Most Underrated Book Award’ (MUBA) has been awarded to Merlinda Bobis for her novel, Fish-Hair Woman, published through Spinifex Press - a beautifully haunting tale of magic and storytelling which explores the civil and political conflict of the Philippines in the 1970’s to 1990’s.

With her twelve-metre hair, Estrella, the Fish-hair Woman, trawls corpses from the water…

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What We’re Reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Fiona is reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

I’m about halfway through Patchett’s book of essays at the moment, and this reminds me why she’s one of the few authors whose new works I will seek out immediately upon publ…

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The Brow Editors share their favourites stories

We invited the editors of The Lifted Brow to share their favourite pieces from their new anthology, The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume 1, and as a reward, we got to publish the word dudeburger on our blog. Twice.

Founding and Art Editor Ronnie Scott recommends Everything.

Part of the fun in editing “The-Lifted-Brow-as-magazine” is that we did all kinds of things which could have never been a…

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The Rag and Bone Man Press on Recipes and Refuge

by Keira de Hoog, Chris Nguyen & Kate O'Donnell

Last Thursday night Abraham Nouk, a Sudanese refugee, stood up in front of a crowd of two hundred people, and with the melodic backing of singer Little Foot’s acoustic guitar, announced ‘kindness is a weapon most people are afraid of.’

The room before them silenced. In the centre of the sea of faces, a buffet table was laden with food from across the world. Exclamations over matzo balls, empanad…

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Mark’s Say: The Age short story award & Max Perkins

by Mark Rubbo

A few months ago I was talking to Jason Steger, the literary editor of the Age. The Age has been, and still is, a great newspaper for the Melbourne community, supporting many worthy initiatives as well as undertaking several of their own. Support for the arts has been particularly strong; from a literary viewpoint, the Age Book of the Year award and the Age Short Story Award have both been very i…

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Melbourne Prize for Music 2013 winners announced

Brett Dean received the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2013, while Stephen Magnusson was awarded the $30,000 Outstanding Musicians Award 2013 and Kate Kelsey-Sugg the $13,000 Development Award 2013.

The judges wrote:

The diversity of the 2103 finalists is testimony to the abundant music talent and spectrum of genres we have in Victoria. The three recipients inform a diversity and richness of

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Recommendations by Young Adult Authors

by Emily Gale

Which young adult books do your favourite Australian YA authors love?

‘This year I read Nick Lake’s In Darkness, which won the Michael L. Printz Award (for Excellence in Young Adult Literature). It’s an intense, in-your-face book about Haiti, told through the mind of a boy trapped in the rubble of a hospital levelled by the recent earthquake and visited by the spirit of a rebel leader. Nick La…

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November Kids' and YA Books Round-Up

by Emily Gale

There are two empowering non-fiction picture books out this month. In Fighting For Freedom, Cassy Liberman’s second foray into stories about women who’ve made a powerful but little-known impact on the world, children discover the story of Australian spy Nancy Wake who risked her life numerous times during WW2. The illustrations are really striking. And there are many more impressive women to lear…

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The Story of My Books

by Cassy Liberman

I grew up in a world of books and stories. I can still picture myself as a young girl, snuggled up in bed at night devouring my books, knowing I had to go to sleep but so captivated that I couldn’t put my book down and turn off the light. Just one more page! Okay, maybe just one more!

Nothing has changed.

As I grew and my tastes changed, I found myself constantly drawn to biographies of strong,…

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