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Jo's Reads for April 2019

Imprints Booksellers - Thursday, April 11, 2019

Every so often, I read a book that becomes a companion of sorts: it enters my head and informs my thoughts, both while I’m reading it and when I’m not. I identify with it, argue with it, follow its threads to read (or re-read) other books or writers explored in its pages. I have a kind of conversation with it, where I apply its ideas and experiences to my own life.



This kind of book is probably my favourite kind.



And this was my experience with Julienne van Loon’s The Thinking Woman, a wonderfully engaging and absorbing blend of memoir, essay, interview and cultural analysis. Julienne van Loon dives deep into six vital areas of life – love, play, work, fear, wonder, friendship – in conversation with leading international women thinkers and their work. She talks to Laura Kipnis on love, Siri Hustvedt on play, Marina Warner on wonder, Rosi Braidotti on friendship, socialist feminist Nancy Holmstrom on work, and weaves discussions with nuclear activist Helen Caldicott and Julia Kristeva with the experiences of Rosie Barry on fear. To all of this, she also applies her own life experience. In the first chapter, a chance conversation with a colleague about a book sparks an intense connection that leads to the first step in deconstructing her life – long-term partner, mortgage, full-time academic job – and rebuilding it as something more intrinsically meaningful.



I love this kind of genre-blending writing that brings together memoir and the personal, and seeks to answer big human questions, inviting the reader along on the journey.



Here are some other books in the same category, by some of Australia’s most exciting thinking women:



Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin, recently shortlisted for the Stella Prize, is sure (in my humble opinion) to keep on winning attention and accolades. ‘Nobody can write like Maria Tumarkin,’ says Helen Garner on the back of the book. No one else quite thinks like her either. In this brilliant, intensely intimate book, Maria tells the extraordinary stories of various people, knitting herself into their lives and using them (and her own life) to pose perilously difficult questions.

In one essay, she interviews a girl who has lost her sister to suicide, over several years; she explores what happens to a school – students, teachers, community and culture – following a suicide. She explores the unspoken and the complex; explains the problems with well-meant platitudes. She opens herself up as the mother of a teenage daughter who ‘has not been well in her soul (her body too) for a long time now’. She is brave and fierce and compassionate. She is relentlessly ethical, relentlessly dismissive of bullshit in all its forms.

Another essay tells the story of a Holocaust survivor whose incredible story Maria meant to write, until she took so long with it that someone else wrote it instead – and then she tells it anyway, and weaves her own difficulty in finding the right way to tell it into the story. There is the social worker whose clients come from ‘entrenched disadvantage’, or as Maria prefers to call it, ‘a tar pit’, saying the term ‘entrenched disadvantage’ is: ‘ugly like most of the language to do with people who don’t get to do much choosing in their lives, and whose every creep forward – in a good year every couple of creeps – gets followed by a bone-splintering triple tumble backwards.’

Axiomatic, like The Thinking Woman, will challenge and possibly change the way you think. It will also take you far beyond your own lived experience, while relating everything back to a broader, encompassing humanity.



City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham takes an unusual premise: it’s a collection of personal essays that reflect on twenty-first-century life through the lens of the intimate relationship between humanity and our environment. Sophie, a Melbourne-based writer and former publisher, profiles and pays tribute to trees in each paired duo of essays: one on trees and place, the other dwelling more deeply in the experience and politics of a place. So, for example, the first essays are ‘Coast Live Oak’ and ‘Fall’, on being married to her partner Virginia in San Francisco (where they were living) and again in their Fitzroy, Melbourne home, after marriage was legalised in Australia. It’s about place, gentrification, belonging, acceptance, politics and connection. And it’s about love. I’ve just started reading this one, but the writing is crisp, intelligent and reflective, and I’m already looking at trees and the places around me more closely, seeing us as connected. Climate change also runs through these essays, in a way that makes its politics and lived experience speak to each other, and to the reader.



Finally, Lee Kofman’s Imperfect explores her uncomfortable relationship with her own body – scarred in a childhood heart operation and a horrific bus accident, aged ten – in the context of looking at other ‘imperfect’ bodies, and how our culture represents and accepts or excludes them. She interviews people addicted to body-modification, disabled people, and others with societally different bodies, reflects on books and films, and questions her own assumptions. Central to this book is her story of growing up in the remote Soviet Union (where it was customary to bribe surgeons to do a good job – her mother bribed one notorious surgeon not to operate on her)  and as an adolescent in body-obsessed, at-war Israel, before moving to Melbourne, Australia, and reinventing herself anew. Lee is a thoughtful and excellent writer, and this book is a fascinating read.

2018 Summer Reading Guide

Imprints Booksellers - Thursday, November 22, 2018

Our Summer Reading Guide is your essential guide to the season's best new releases, gift ideas and holiday reading!





















Kristina Olsson - Shell Book Launch

Imprints Booksellers - Thursday, October 11, 2018


In Conversation @ Imprints

Kirstina Olsson

Join Kristina Olsson in conversation about her new book Shell (Scribner).

Shell is a big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia's history.

Kristina will be in conversation with Laura Kroetsch.

Monday 29 October, 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start

Imprints Booksellers
107 Hindley Street
Adelaide

Light refreshments will be served.

FREE. RSVP to books@imprints.com.au or 08 8231 4454


Sarah Hanson-Young Book Launch

Imprints Booksellers - Thursday, September 27, 2018


Sarah Hanson-Young

Please joins us to celebrate the launch of Sarah Hanson-Young's MUP essay En Garde.




Thursday 4 October, 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start

Imprints Booksellers
107 Hindley Street
Adelaide

Light refreshments will be served.

FREE. RSVP to books@imprints.com.au or 08 8231 4454


In Conversation @ Imprints

Imprints Booksellers - Friday, May 18, 2018


In Conversation @ Imprints

Doug McEachern

Join debut novelist Doug McEachern in conversation about his book Stardust and Golden (UWA Publishing). Stardust and Golden is a portrait of Adelaide during the Vietnam War, and the students who protested vehemently against conscription.

Doug will be in conversation with Patrick Allington from Flinders University.

Tuesday 29 May, 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start

Imprints Booksellers
107 Hindley Street
Adelaide

Light refreshments will be served.

FREE. RSVP to books@imprints.com.au or 08 8231 4454

March-April Public Holiday Trading Hours

Imprints Booksellers - Saturday, March 24, 2018


🍂 Public Holiday Trading Hours 🍂

 

EASTER LONG WEEKEND

Thu 29 March:  9am - 9pm
Fri 30 March:  CLOSED - Good Friday
Sat 31 March:  9am - 5pm
Sun 1 April:  11am - 5pm - Easter Sunday
Mon 2 April:  11am - 5pm - Easter Monday
Tue 3 April:  9am - 6pm

ANZAC DAY
Wed 25 April: 11am - 5pm







Pre-Order Offer: The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton

Imprints Booksellers - Saturday, February 10, 2018

 

 

If you like Tim Winton, you'll love this! Pre-order and pay for his new novel, The Shepherd's Hut, for the chance to win a selection of new books courtesy of the masterful storytellers at Penguin/Random House. Best of all, you'll secure the special pre-order price of $29.99 (a saving of $10!).

Read more about The Shepherd's Hut and pre-order your copy locally right here.

This offer ends 28 February, 2018. Stock due in store 12 March, 2018.

The Shepherd’s Hut is an urgent masterpiece, a rifle-shot of a novel – crisp, fast, shocking.

 


 

 

 

Holiday Trading Hours and Christmas Deliveries

Imprints Booksellers - Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Season's Readings from your local indie bookseller



Dear readers,

This is just a quick note to let you know that as of today, Tuesday 12 December, 2017, we can no longer guarantee Australia Post deliveries prior to the Christmas public holidays. We still offer free in store collection on every online order and will continue to process orders right through until Christmas Eve. If you have any questions about an order you've placed, please call us on (08) 8231 4454 to check the status.

In our final message of the year, we'd like to thank you for the immense support you've given us throughout 2017. From a record-breaking Love Your Bookshop Day, to book signings with some of Australia's leading thinkers and cultural icons, the success of the past year is evidence of what we can achieve with a passionate community behind us.

With every book you purchase, every event you attend, and each new friend you introduce to your favourite local bookshop, you help to strengthen the culture of independent bookselling here in Adelaide. With the recent launch of an online retail giant upon our shores, we expect competition to be fierce in 2018. But we're confident that there remains a place for independent bookshops in Australia’s cultural landscape, because we offer something no online retailer can: air-conditioning.

In all seriousness though, thanks for everything you do to help us grow. We simply would not be here without you, and we look forward to plying you with reading material, impulse purchases, and unsolicited advice for many years to come.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous Christmas and New Year,

Jason, Katherine & Kara



Our 2017 Summer Reading Guide is out now

Imprints Booksellers - Saturday, December 02, 2017

Our Summer Reading Guide is your essential guide to the season's best new releases, gift ideas and holiday reading!







































Save the date for Summer Reading: Sat 18 Nov!

Imprints Booksellers - Tuesday, November 14, 2017



Our Summer Reading Guide is your essential guide to the season's best new releases, gift ideas and holiday reading! Collect your copy in store, find it online at www.imprints.com.au or in the Weekend Australian. And if you would prefer to have the Summer Reading Guide delivered to your home or office, just email your name and address to books@imprints.com.au and we'll post it free!







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