Earlier this year I got to attend a book launch at a great new bookshop/cafe in Canberra called Muse. Now, if you like books, you simply must go to book launches and I’ll tell you why. First of all, they’re almost always free. Second of all, you usually get to meet the author(s) and get your book signed. Lastly, and not least, there’s usually free wine and cheese. If that doesn’t sound like a good time, I don’t know what does.
The book launch I went along to was for a book called “Breaking the Boundaries: Australian Activists Tell Their Stories” edited by Yvonne Allen and Joy Noble. This is a really interesting non-fiction book made up of a collection of memoirs by self-identified activists. Activists are young, old, male, female, black, white and everything in between. Each story explains how each contributor became involved in their chosen field of activism and what they were able to achieve.
I was exactly the target audience for this book. I’m really interested in activism and the fire inside us that burns hotly enough to drive some of us to take action. That feeling that you can’t just sit by and do nothing. That drive to effect change and make the world a better place. This book is a great snapshot into the lives of lots of different kinds of people united by that same fire. There were social activists, environmental activists and people who rose up to help in times of disaster. Although some of the stories were more compelling than others (the one about the sisters trying to get an Aboriginal flag for their school made me cry), everyone’s efforts were worthwhile and everyone’s get-go admirable.
If you’re looking for a book about Australian activism and what makes someone stand up for what they believe in, look no further.