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books January 23, 2021

maar bidi: next generation black writing

For this anthology, Elfie Shiosaki and Linda Martin have curated flashes of memoir and memory gathered from a creative writing program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the University of Western Australia. From its beginning,...

books January 23, 2021

Beowulf: A New Translation

Maria Dahvana Headley had her first introduction to Beowulf at the age of eight. Flicking through an illustrated compendium of monsters, she found a drawing of Grendel’s mother, who, in the poem, seeks bloody revenge for the execution of her son. “...

books January 23, 2021

Interior Chinatown

The new year opened to live footage of cops opening the gates to the United States Capitol, enabling rioters to storm the building. The racial privilege that laid ground for the insurrection was, if not unsurprising, deeply unsettling. Ivanka Trump...

books December 19, 2020

Best books of 2020

In 2020 reading nonfiction felt, to me, like an anchor to normalcy: reading about the big ideas and intimate dramas that were the stuff of our lives and the centre of our concerns before the pandemic reshaped our imaginations and our everyday, for...

books December 19, 2020

Best books of 2020

It has been said so many times that it’s almost considered a banality. 2020 was A Year, one that saw societal inequalities further magnified. No thanks, of course, to the elite who carried on business as usual, and who own many of the tools we use...

books October 31, 2020

Living with the Anthropocene

“I can tell our stories. I can bear witness. But I have to be honest. Some days bearing witness doesn’t seem like enough.” That’s novelist and editor Sophie Cunningham in the essay collection Living with the Anthropocene . Her unease highlights a...

books October 31, 2020

The Liar’s Dictionary

“Mountweazels” – the fictitious entries in dictionaries set as traps to catch bootleggers – were the subject of English writer Eley Williams’ PhD, and they form the narrative backbone of her debut novel, The Liar’s Dictionary . It follows the...

books October 31, 2020

Show Me Where It Hurts

Drawing on personal experience and pop culture, Show Me Where It Hurts explores the isolation and frustration of living with chronic pain and mental illness, not to mention battling a medical system steeped in misogyny. “Pain – both physical and...

books October 24, 2020

A Jealous Tide

A physical restlessness pulses through the pages of A Jealous Tide , as its unnamed protagonist walks along rivers – first the Yarra, then the Thames – ruminating on gravity and tidal pulls, what it means to be cast adrift, and how returning from...

books October 24, 2020

Home Time II: Beyond the Weaving

When faced with tricky life-or-death decisions, the preteens of Australian graphic novel series Home Time don’t tread lightly or seek parental approval: as one of them says, “Now’s the time to ruin everything by doing something totally awesome.”...

books October 24, 2020

Our Shadows

In the winter of 1893, the Irish prospector Paddy Hannan and two compatriots noted the presence of gold in the place that would become known as Kalgoorlie. The diggings were soon swarmed, and a bustling mining town grew up in the years that followed...