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Fri, 26 Sep 2008
Story Books
Story books

Inspired by Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books series (via) I had a look through my "To Read" shelf and came up with these. Recommended fun!

Story books
Fri, 29 Feb 2008
Gaiman in Melbourne in May.

Continuing on a theme - did you know that Neil Gaiman was coming to Melbourne? Well he is, for the CBCA conference All the Wild Wonders. You can pay $800 to see him, along with many other fine notables of the children's book publishing world.

Or, you can pay $25 to hear him speak because his keynote, along with that of Shaun Tan's, is open to the public (scroll down for details). Crazy Hair!

Thu, 09 Aug 2007
A & R - Arrogant and Rude

The full text of the letter sent by Angus and Robertson, where they demand $2,500 to $100,000 to cover the gap created by an "unacceptable level of profitability" from small to mid-sized Australian publishers, has been posted online, along with a brilliant response from Michael Rakusin, director of Tower Books.

While one may be forgiven for believing that Angus & Robertson is actually a company purveying "Sale" signs, I do believe you are still in the book business?

(via Ben Peek)

Fri, 13 Apr 2007
Today's loot

Aren't they so pretty all grouped together like that?
Now I just need to figure out which one to start with.

Magic's Child (Magic Or Madness trilogy) at Amazon
Fantastic Wonder Stories at Ticonderoga
Buffy Season 8 - support your local comic book store!

Fri, 29 Dec 2006
Our books are much cooler than this. I swear.

I've been using Delicious Library for quite a while now, and I still recommend it for maintaining a private collection. But I thought I'd take a look at LibraryThing today and the more social side to book hoarding. I like the idea of tagging books, reviews, recommendations and of course poking around other people's stuff. So I signed up. Fortunately it has a universal import capability so I set it to upload from the convenient Delicious Library export feature and left it chugging away. Four hours later I come back to discover there is a 200 book limit on free accounts.

LibraryThing has uploaded 200 random ISBNs from the 1300+ it had to choose from. It now looks like I have a completely moronic collection, largely based around Mr Men books. Ay Carumba.

Fri, 20 Oct 2006
Event: Shaun Tan discusses The Arrival

I just heard on Triple R that Shaun Tan will be discussing his latest work The Arrival at Dymocks Melbourne this Tuesday. I strongly urge anyone who has the opportunity to go hear Shaun talk about this work. It will be followed by a Q&A and signing.

The Arrival is a beautiful, wordless graphic novel of the journey of a migrant to a new land. I haven't seen the whole book yet, but I do already have a print from it hanging on my family room wall. I saw many images and heard him talk about it at Continuum earlier this year. I'm only waiting for a slightly more financial moment to get my copy.

Also, he does little drawings on the books he signs. That alone is worth going.

Buy Shaun Tan's books at Amazon.