Block of Books
  • ABR
    Title: ABR
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • ARCHER #12 - The Play Issue
    ARCHER #12 - The Play Issue
    ISBN: 9780648558309
    Title: ARCHER #12 - The Play Issue
    Author: #12
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This issue features:

    * Q&A with Uncle Jack Charles by ELIZABETH FLUX
    * Trans inclusion in sport by HANNAH MOUNCEY
    * LGBTQIA+ gaming by ALAYNA COLE
    * Aboriginal queer motherhood by BRIDGET CALDWELL
    * Faith and sexuality by JESSICA KNIGHT
    * Sex toys and body dysphoria by NEVO ZISIN
    * Swingers by SAMSON AND GODIVA
    * Lingerie and kink by ALYSSA KITT HANLEY
    * Greek androgyny by DMETRI KAKMI
    * Non-binary and presentation by ELIZABETH WILLIAM STREET
    * Sex work and labour by IRMA VEP
    * Nightlife as community by KELLY LOVEMONSTER


    Cover image: Pancetta Love by SHELLEY HORAN

    Imprint: ARCHER
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
    ISSUE 161
    ISBN: 9771039101006
    Author: ISSUE 161
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Arena is well known in Melbourne and Australia more broadly as a publication which has made an impact on political and cultural interpretation and practice over a period of more than thirty years. However, Arena is more than this or that publication. It is composed of a core of people with a large number of friends and supporters who have established various venues and discussion projects in Melbourne and its environs as well as engaging in a variety of practical endeavours over this period.

    The core value of co-operation stands at the centre of what motivates and structures the practices and discussions of people at Arena. It is a value which has had superficial meanings for many groups, but be that as it may, it needs to be re-thought in fundamental ways given the collapse of older notions of socialist co-operation. This project enlivens all the discussions held in Arena settings and shapes the activities and publications of Arena editors.

    Over the last three decades people associated with Arena have established research and conference facilities in both the country and the city, and in the latter there is a thriving centre which combines publication, public discussion and a commercial printery.

    Arena has never accepted government support of any kind and has been fortunate to have been valued sufficiently by its friends for them to help its development financially in a variety of ways.

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $9.90

    Price: $9.90
  • GUSHER   -   Issue 3
    GUSHER - Issue 3
    ISSUE 3
    ISBN: 9780646996936
    Title: GUSHER - Issue 3
    Author: ISSUE 3
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
    ISBN: 9780648271963
    Title: ISLAND MAGAZINE #155
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $14.95
    Price: $14.95
    ISBN: 9780648271956
    Title: ISLAND MAGAZINE #157
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $14.95
    Price: $14.95
    ISBN: 9771835566009
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Issue 43 is seriously and lovingly jam-packed. As always it features a tremendous collection of essays, fiction, translations, commentary, criticism, poetry, and so many pages of comics and illustrated work.

    Issue 43 also debuts two huge prize-winning pieces: the 2019 winner of The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction, and the winner of the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize. Lucky subscribers will be the first to read these two remarkable pieces ahead of the official September 2nd release date. If you’re not a subscriber, it’s not too late!

    Here’s everything you’ll find in your copy of Issue 43:

    * the winning piece from our 2019 Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction;

    * the winning piece from the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize;

    *Alison Whittaker and Nayuka Gorrie talk literary prizes and the responsibility of being black writers;

    *Jordy Rosenberg in conversation with Stella Maynard and Eilish Fitzpatrick about Confessions of the Fox, the history of trans surveillance, and the pleasure of being read to;

    *Ana Maria Gomides considers race, queerness, and personal histories through the careful lens of seeing and being seen;

    *Maddee Clark discusses architecture and urban spaces in the context of First Nations sovereignty;

    *memoir by Sydnye Allen about Albury–Wodonga, casual racism and our concepts of borders;

    *Paula Abul on queer desire, race, and the joy of drag king performance;

    *brand new realist fiction from Sam Pink that follows the mundane duties and acerbic conversations of a caterer at a wedding, revealing the unexpected beauty in our most trivial and consequential moments;

    *vinegary short fiction by Victoria Manifold that delights in its insalubrity;

    *arresting fiction from Aude, translated by Cristy Stiles, on the pursuit of silence;

    *new poetry from Saaro Umar, Eunice Andrada and Elyas Alavi;

    *columns: Antonia Pont’s ‘Thinking Feeling’ column about the ethics of the trigger and how to deal with triggeredness, Michael Dulaney’s ‘Environment’ column about the solidarity to be found the Whyalla steel industry and the wonders of the cuttlefish, Aimee Knight explores the traumatic heart of dark tourism in her 'Pop Culture' column, and Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny’s ‘Law School’ sex+relationships advice column;

    *a special ‘By Numbers’ feature using numerical data to investigate pet ownership in Australia; and new comics and visual art by Miles Howard-Wilks, Margot Ferrick, Han Teng, Antoine Orand, Matty Kaye, Thu Tran, Rebecca Scibilia, Arts Project Australia, Haein Kim, Nadia Ingrid, Casey Jarman, Ilana Bodenstein, Meg O'Shea, April Phillips, Lizzie Nagy, and Shae San Sim.

    Hooly dooly, it’s a big one!

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $15.95

    Price: $15.95
  • MEANJIN   -   Vol 78 No 3 2019
    MEANJIN - Vol 78 No 3 2019
    ISBN: 9780522875706
    Title: MEANJIN - Vol 78 No 3 2019
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the lead essay UNEARTHED- Last Days of The Anthropocene, James Bradley writes compellingly on the urgent crisis of climate change. 'There is a conversation I do not know how to have, a conversation about what happens if we are headed for disaster. It is not a theoretical question for me. I have two daughters.'

    Miles Franklin shortlisted author Michael Mohammed Ahmad writes on how his thinking about literature, politics and race was shaped in Reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X as An Arab Australian. In an accidental companion piece, This Vast Conspiracy of Memory, Khalid Warsame reflects on life and writing while making a complete reading of the works of James Baldwin.

    Among this edition's other essay authors are Glyn Davis, Karen Wyld, Fatima Measham, Matthew Ricketson and David Carlin.

    There's memoir from Maxine Beneba Clarke, Maria Takolander, Corrie Chen, Meg Mundell, and Shannon Burns, and short fiction from the winners of the 2019 Peter Carey Short Story Award Alex Cothren and Paige Clark, plus new stories from Jemma Louise Payne and Lal Perera.

    The edition's poets include Jill Jones, John Kinsella, Gavin Yuan Gao, Ella Jeffrey, Lucas Smith and Phillip Neilsen.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MEKONG REVIEW - Volume 4 Number 4 August - October 2019
    MEKONG REVIEW - Volume 4 Number 4 August - October 2019
    ISBN: 9772016012803
    Title: MEKONG REVIEW - Volume 4 Number 4 August - October 2019
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: MEKONG REVIEW
    RRP: $9.50
    Price: $9.50
    OCTOBER 2019
    ISBN: 9771832342002
    Author: OCTOBER 2019
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    October 2019

    No time for the meek
    By Megan Davis

    Seven monuments to Coranderrk
    By Patrick Witton

    A man who hates women
    By Sarah Krasnostein

    The desertification of Australian culture
    By Alison Croggon

    Rising tide
    By Bronwyn Adcock

    East Melbourne liturgy
    By Nam Le

    The Monthly Awards 2019
    By The Monthly

    Patricia Cornelius: No going gently
    By Harry Windsor

    The Patrician: ‘Penny Wong: Passion and Principle’
    By Amanda Lohrey

    Len Lawson: Australia’s most infamous comic artist
    By Jeff Sparrow

    No one’s laughing now: Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’
    By Shane Danielsen

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • NEW PHILOSOPHER - #25 Death
    NEW PHILOSOPHER - #25 Death
    ISBN: 710535058413
    Title: NEW PHILOSOPHER - #25 Death
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Issue #025: Death

    Our fear of death is the ultimate fear of missing out – on all the events, the people, the progress, the battles. When we die, the world will not pause. Life, without us, will go on. Rather than casting this fear aside, perhaps we should invite it into the room and look it square in the eye. What do we fear we’ll miss out on when we’re gone? What should we do more – or less – of while we’re here? All must die. But not all will truly live, making the most of the hand – however unfair it may be – they have been dealt.

    Will you?

    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
  • NEW PHILOSOPHER - #26 Change
    NEW PHILOSOPHER - #26 Change
    ISBN: 710535058659
    Title: NEW PHILOSOPHER - #26 Change
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    RRP: $14.95
    Price: $14.95
  • OVERLAND #235
    OVERLAND #235
    WINTER 2019
    ISBN: 9780648579700
    Title: OVERLAND #235
    Author: WINTER 2019
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: OVERLAND
    RRP: $19.95
    Price: $19.95
    AUTUMN 2019
    ISBN: 9780995416291
    Author: AUTUMN 2019
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Features Alexis Wright on censorship, Fiona Wright on Tinder, Gabriel Ng on anti-Chinese sentiment, Adam Curley on Survivor, Cambodia and love, plus fire cults, the occupation of Kashmir and a cultural history of swimming. Includes the winning poems from the 2018 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Fiction guest-edited by Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk. Art by the award-winning Hoda Afshar.

    Imprint: OVERLAND
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
    ISBN: 9772206937008
    Title: SWAMPLAND
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Swampland is a new Australian music magazine.

    Run by a small team, the project was sparked by a frustration at the current lack of print platforms for lengthy, intelligent music journalism. They’re not interested in click counts or amassing vast amounts of content. They won’t publish listicles or irrelevant best-of lists and they're not tied to the PR cycle.

    Instead, they're featuring some of the most interesting music writing and photography in the country.

    Their main aim is to create a space for good writers to make good work and to have a reason to pursue pieces that take quite a long time and quite a lot of thought. They're interested in work that can retain its worth over months, years, even decades; work that asks important questions about Australian music and wonders what that says about our larger cultural context.

    They cover all genres, Australian locations and periods in our music history. They're paying contributors as well as they can for their efforts.

    RRP: $16.00

    Price: $16.00
    ISBN: 710535058123
    Title: WOMANKIND
    Author: #18
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    #18 Fruit Fly

    What do humans and fruit flies have in common? Apparently, quite a lot. Our genetic makeup, scientists say, is unusually similar. But is there a common link be- tween every human on the planet and every flower? Or every human on the planet and every mineral? Of course, we’re householders, you could say. We share a home, which is our planet, Earth.

    Cultural critic Neil Postman once wrote: “Have you not noticed that you are on the same ship?” Postman liked to think of Earth as a spaceship; one that has been bobbing about in space for billions of years. And housed on this spaceship are millions of species, from sunflowers to fruit flies to people. “The story of Spaceship Earth has the pow- er to bind people,” writes Postman in his book, The End of Education. “It is a story of interdependence and global cooperation, of what is at the core of humanness; a story that depicts waste and indifference as evil, that requires a vision of the future and a commitment to the present.”

    Indeed, to accept that we’re stuck on this one big orbit- ing planet together is powerful enough to transcend race, gender, religion, wealth, and any other category we deploy to divide and conquer. We’re crew members, caretakers of a vulnerable space capsule, and this comes with enormous responsibility. It forces us to forget our points of difference and get on with the job.

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