Lately (Winter)

Making: MEL&NYC festival plans – restaurants booked, galleries will be visited, talks to be attended Continue reading

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Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

01. Love the beat, love the clip, love the Robbie-ness, hate the matchy-matchy Russian/discussion/concussion line. Continue reading

Let’s talk (a top ten)

Last week, Katie of Bookish Tendencies wrote a post about attending her first author talk (Lauren Fox talking about Days of Awe, so I’m jealous, obvs). Katie asked fellow bloggers for a few pointers on being “…not such an awkward dork…” at book signing time (her words, not mine). I don’t have any tips but her post did make me think about author talks I’ve been to. And it’s many. Because I’m a bit of an author-event tart (I’ll blame the fact that I have lots of opportunities through events such as the Melbourne Writers Festival and regular author appearances at my local book shop, Readings).

So purely for my own records, I’ve put together a top ten list – five of the best author talks I’ve been to – Continue reading

Micro-library in Melbourne Central

There’s a micro-library in Melbourne Central shopping centre! That’s the best reason I’ve heard to visit a mall in a very long time.

The micro-library got underway with a thousand books that were donated or picked up in op shops. Since it opened for business two months ago, there has been a turnover of five hundred books. Geez, when I was a student at Melbourne Uni, I would have been stopping past to browse the collection every other day.

I was somewhat surprised that the executive director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman, had never heard of the concept before. Read the full story here.