Category Archives: Lost the Plot

Lost the Plot – Episode 32 – Opening a Bookshop

Local bookseller James Redden takes us behind the scenes of opening a new Harry Hartog bookshop

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Show Notes

Lil Street Libraries
Facebook page

Street Library Workshop
Two Sheds Website

The Line at the Lifeline Book Fair
Lifeline’s video

Episode 7 – Lost the Plot – Lifeline Book Fair
Episode link

Behrouz Boochani wins 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize
The Guardian article
NY Times article

2019 Indie Book Awards Shortlists
Indie Book Awards website

2018 Aurealis Awards
Aurealis Awards website

2019 Stella Prize Long List
Stella Prize website

2019 Wellcome Book Prize Long List
Wellcome Book Prize website

Emily Rodda appointed Companion of the Order of Australia
Blue Mountains Gazette article

13th century Arthurian manuscript pages discovered
Atlas Obsura article

Works published in 1923 finally enter the public domain
The Guardian article

JD Salinger’s family announces publication of previously unpublished novels
ABC Article

Novel banned by Nazis published in English for the first time
The Guardian article

“The Strawberry Thief” by Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris’ website

“The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood cover reveal
EW Article

“Willow the Water Bear” by Houston Kidd to be launched to the International Space Station
CBS 17 Article
Story Time from Space website

2019 Film Adaptations
Buzzfeed article

“Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun” by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funk
Bloomsbury Facebook post

Australian Legends of Children’s Literature stamp collection
AusPost website

Marie Kondo book controversy
The Guardian article
Hypable article
SMH article
Indie Wire article
CNN article
Good Housekeeping article

Marie Kondo meme

Silent Reading Party
The Age article

Street Library Stolen
Facebook post

Ron’s Bookshop Closing Down
Facebook post

Lin-Manuel Miranda buys New York theatre bookshop
NY Times article

Angus & Robertson shops close down
ABC article

The Parliament Shop

Harry Hartog stores


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Lost the Plot – Episode 31 – Book Lists 2019

My BFF Annie and I chat about last year’s reads and our goals for 2019

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Show Notes

Lost the Plot Episode 18 – Feminist Fairy Tales

Erin-Claire Barrow on TEDx Talk
YouTube Link

1000 Street Libraries
Street Library Australia website

Lost the Plot Episode 9 – Street Library

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UC Book of the Year
Canberra Times article
University of Canberra website

“The Natural Way of Things” by Charlotte Wood
My review

My UC Book of the Year “The Strays”
My review

Alison Lester wins Melbourne Prize for Literature
Sydney Morning Herald article

John Marsden wins 2018 Dromkeen Medal
State Library of Victoria annoucement

Paul Collis wins 2018 ACT Book of the Year
ACT Writers Centre announcement

Frank Byrne wins 2018 Most Underrated Book
National Indigenous Times article

James Frey wins 2018 Bad Sex Award
The Guardian article

2018 Bad Sex Awards Shortlist
The Guardian Article

World’s possibly oldest novel on display at the National Library of Australia
ABC Article
National Library of Australia Treasures Gallery


Buzzfeed article
SBS Video


Margaret Atwood announces sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale
The Guardian article

John le Carre announces 25th novel
The Guardian article

The Age’s list of 2019 releases
The Age article

“Monster Party” by the children of Rawa Community School
Magabala website
NITV video

Neflix to adapt Roald Dahl children’s stories
Nerdist article

Scott Lynch smacks down critics for being too “politically correct”
Facebook post

Author Isabel Carmody found guilty of protesting without permission
Facebook post

Man tries to stalk woman he saw in a bookshop by suing her
ABC News article

Floods at the Book Grocer
Facebook post

Lost the Plot – Episode 26 – Book Disasters

Free Book Vending Machine
Good News Article

Lost the Plot – Episode 20 – Book Lists

“Oathbringer” by Brandon Sanderson
My review

“The Liveship Traders Trilogy” by Robin Hobb
Wikipedia page

“Release” by Patrick Ness
My review

John Green
See e.g. my review

“Cicada” by Shaun Tan
My review

“The Rabbits” by John Marsden
Shaun Tan’s website

“The Eye of the Sheep” by Sofie Laguna
My review

“Dark Emu” by Bruce Pascoe
My review

Escape to the Wild
Daily Mail article

“Slade House” by David Mitchell

“City of Brass” by S A Chakraborty
My review

“The Seven Year Dress” by Paulette Mahurin

“Night” by Elie Wiesel

“Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust” by Livia E. Bitton-Jackson

She actually lived in Hungary.

“Maus” by Art Spiegelman
My review

“Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence” by Doris Pilkington

“Into the World” by Stephanie Parkyn
My review

2018 Pie Charts

New and Reread





Queer Content




Australian Women Writers Challenge

“Rubyfruit Jungle” by Rita Mae Brown
Wikipedia page

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
My review

“The Veiled Woman” by Anais Nin
My review

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post”
Wikipedia page

Powell’s Books

Lost the Plot – Episode 24 – Sydney Writers’ Festival Special

“Say Hello” by Carly Findlay
Harper Collins website

Book Bingo Charts

2018 Bingo


2019 Bingo

book bingo 2019

“Dreamsnake” by Vonda N. McIntyre
Wikipedia page

Wikipedia page

Wikipedia page

“Doomsday Book” by Connie Willis
My review

“Goodnight Mr Tom” by Michelle Magorian
Wikipedia page

“The Wizard of Earthsea” by Ursula Le Guin
Wikipedia page

“The Lord of the Rings” by J R R Tolkein
Wikipedia page

Book Maps



Book Lists

Obama’s Lists
Facebook post

2019 Fantasy Books
Tor Website

/r/fantasy fantasy authors of colour
Reddit discussion

100 Notable Books
New York Times article

Scott Morrison’s Book List
The Guardian article

Best Books of 2018
New York Times article

“Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee
Wikipedia page


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Lost the Plot – Episode 30 – Book Launch

Live book launch event at Paperchain Bookshop in Manuka with Sean Costello and Juliette Dudley for Capital Yarns Volume 2

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Show Notes

More street library vandalism
ABC Facebook Post

Little Free Libraries Founder Todd Bol Dies
SBS Facebook Post

Patrick Rothfuss’ Blog

Asia Bookroom’s Christmas Fundraiser
Episode 19 – Giving Books
Asia Bookroom Facebook Post

50th Man Booker Prize

Rooney Prize for Irish Literature
Post-Gazette Article
Daily Edge Article

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
SMH Article

America’s Best-Loved Novel
PBS Website

Fake Dead Sea Scrolls
ABC Article

“The Blue Salt Road” by Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris’ Facebook Post

“Cedar Valley” by Holly Throsby
Dymocks Facebook Post
Muse Canberra Website

Instagram Page

“The Magic Pudding” 100 year anniversary edition
Harper Collins Facebook Post
Harper Collins Website

Narnia reboot by Netflix
Neflix Website
Gizmodo Article

Dirt Music Adaptation
Cinema Australia Article

Book Week Film
Facebook Post
Facebook Page

Man burns books in Iowa
Sioux City Journal Article
KWWL Article
NY Times Article

Man stabbed in Antarctica for allegedly spoiling the endings of books
NY Post Article
Live Science Article

Human chain moves bookstore
The Guardian Article

“Capital Yarns Volume 2” by Sean Costello
Buy Online
Episode 25 of Lost the Plot

Juliette Dudley, Poyo Studio



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Lost the Plot – Episode 29 – Halloween Horror Special

Halloween Special featuring award-winning author Kaaron Warren speaking about writing horror fiction

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Show Notes

“The Adventurous Princess and other Feminist Fairy Tales” by Erin-Claire Barrow
Lost the Plot – Episode 18 – Feminist Fairy Tales
Erin-Claire’s Kickstarter Page
Erin-Claire’s Website

“Capital Yarns: Volume 2” by Sean Costello
Lost the Plot – Episode 25 – Short Stories
Sean’s Pozible Page
Sean’s Website

Sisonke Msimang talking about “Always Another Country”

Australian Reading Hour

Australian Reading Hour

What other people were reading:

  • “The Psychology of Time Travel” by Kate Mascarenhas
  • “The Woman Who Fooled the World: Belle Gibson’s Cancer Con” by Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano
  • “Beneath the Mother Tree” by D. M. Cameron
  • “No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus prison” by Behrouz Boochani.

Dickson Library Works
Lost the Plot – Episode 26 – Book Disasters
Dickson Library Facebook post
Dickson Library website

Indigenous Literacy Day
Great Book Swap

Reading in Timor Leste
National Library of East Timor
Xanana Gusmao Reading Room
Reading in Timor Leste

Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist
Man Booker Prize website

“Matilda at 30”
The Guardian article
Quentin Black website
Penguin Books website

“The Helpline” Trailer from Text Publishing
Youtube channel

“My Brilliant Friend” Trailer
Vulture article

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Nagini Controversy
SBS article
Vanity Fair article
Pottermore article

Lifeline Book Fair Theft
ABC article
The Riot Act article

New Harry Hartog at the Australian National University
ANU media release

Man wins bookstore in raffle
The Guardian article

Grimms’ Fairy Tales
Wiki page

Snow White and Rose Red
Wiki page

The Snow Queen
Wiki page

The Little Mermaid
Wiki page

“Trying to Save Piggy Sneed” by John Irving
NY Times full essay

“The Grief Hole” by Kaaron Warren
IFWG Australia

Wiki page about lead singer’s arrest

World Fantasy Convention 2018

Australian Gothic

Windmill Story
I’m not 100% sure, but it may be “Windmill at Magpie Creek” by Chrisobel Mattingley. If anyone knows, send me a message! 

The Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum
Facebook page

“Tiger Kill” by Kaaren Warren

Kaaron Warren’s Website
Click here

The Black Tides of Heaven
My review

Frankenstein of Baghdad
My review


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Lost the Plot – Episode 28 – Memoir

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Show Notes
Future Library
Handover ceremony of Elif Shafak’s book
Han Kang announced as 5th author

Love Your Bookshop Day
Facebook page

Love your bookshop 1Love your bookshop 2Love your bookshop 3Love your bookshop day 4

Zoya Patel’s book launch of “No Country Woman”

Zoya Patel

National Library of Australia’s 50th birthday

NLA 50th birthday

Feminist Fairy Tales Kickstarter
Episode 18 – Feminist Fairy Tales
Kickstarter link
Erin-Claire’s website

Capital Yarns Volume 2
Episode 25 – Short Stories
Pozible link
Sean’s website

Street Library stolen from Franklin
Facebook post

Hugo Awards 2018
TOR media release
My review of “The Stone Sky” by winner N. K. Jemisin

Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2018 – Shortlist
Readings website

“The Lucky Galah” by Tracey Sorensen
My review

2018 Miles Franklin Award
Perpetual website
The Guardian article

Ancient library discovered in Germany
The Guardian article

Title Quest 2018
Atlas Obscura Article
New York Public Library blog post

Shakespeare’s Library
ABC Radio National article
ABC News articles

New covers for Georgette Heyer novels
EW article
Romance Reads

“Ball Lightening” by Cixin Liu
Harper Collins webpage

“His Name Was Walter” by Emily Rodda
Harper Collins webpage
ABC News article

“The Barefoot Investor for Families” by Scott Pape article

Adaptation of “The Time Traveller’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger
Deadline article

Who Magazine’s list of 2018 films based on books
Who article

The phonics controversy continues
The Australian article (if you can even access it)

John Marsden wouldn’t write the Tomorrow Series
ABC News article
QANDA Youtube video
“The Rabbits” by John Marsden and Shaun Tan

“Bear Finds a Voice”
The ABC’s interactive story
The ABC’s analysis of top 100 kids books

Should Book Week be banned?
The Mercury article
Facebook discussion

Chinese crime writer who based his books on his own murders
NY Post article
All That’s Interesting article

Librarian steals public money to pay for mobile game
CNBC article
HJ News article
“A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”

Quizzic Alley
Her Canberra article
The RiotACT article

Inquiry into ACT Libraries
Terms of Reference

$60M funding for NSW libraries
SMH Article

Dream book job in the Maldives
The Guardian article
First The Bookseller article
Second The Bookseller article

“No Country Woman” by Zoya Patel
Zoya’s website
Gaysia” by Benjamin Law
The Hate Race” by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Hunger” by Roxane Gay
Feminartsy website

August Reads
“Oathbringer” by Brandon Sanderson
“No Country Woman” by Zoya Patel
“City of Brass” by S. A. Chakraborty
“Cicada” by Shaun Tan
“Love and Other Inconveniences” by Rhea Arielle




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Lost the Plot – Episode 27 – School Library

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Show Notes

Women, History, Journey – my first live book event
Muse Canberra website

ACMI Alice in Wonderland Exhibition

The adventure continues

Painting the Roses Red

Harry Hartog Fantasy Trivia

Tamora Fierce

“Capital Yarns: Volume 2” by Sean Costello
Pozible page
Episode 25 – Short Stories

Street Library set on fire
Canberra Times article

Street Library burned

Ned Kelly Awards
Australian Crime Writers website

National Biography Awards
State Library of NSW website

Golden Man Booker Prize
Winner announced

Man Booker Prize 2018
Longlist announced

Alternative Nobel Prize
The Guardian article

Author’s name dropped from award
SBS article

Harry Potter book sells for 56,000 pounds
Metro article

“Early Riser” by Jasper Fforde
Jasper Fforde website
“Shades of Grey” by Jasper Fforde
Lost the Plot – Episode 1

“Tales from the Inner City” by Shaun Tan
Allen and Unwin website

“The Rosie Result” by Graeme Simsion
Text Publishing website

“Snugglepot and Cuddlepie” by May Gibbs – 100th anniversary edition
May Gibbs website

“The Well-Read Cookie” by Lauren Chater
Facebook announcement

“Saga” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples on hiatus
Newsarama article

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Harry Potter in the Cursed Child: Melbourne 2019

In the queue for presale tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for Melbourne 2019 and there are 6,000 people ahead of me  😦

Tinted Edges shared a post — feeling delighted.

30 July at 12:53 ·

TICKETS BOUGHT TO Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!!!!

JK Rowling Trolls Trump
SBS article

Queensland Essential English Curriculum
Daily Mail article
Queensland article

Wiki page

First graphic novel nominated for Man Booker Prize 2018
The Guardian article

“Digger” by Ursula Vernon
Wiki page

“Broadford: A Regional History” Edited by B J Fletcher
NLA Catalogue entry


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Lost the Plot – Episode 26 – Book Disasters

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Show Notes

My first live event: Women, History, Journey: Robyn Cadwallader & Eleanor Limprecht
Buy tickets via the Muse website

Chifley Library flood appeal
Browse books they’re looking for or make a donation here

Once sentence novel wins International Dublin Literary Award
The Guardian article

2018 Miles Franklin Award Shortlist
Shortlist announcement via Perpetual website

2018 Environment Award for Children’s Literature
Shortlist announcement via the EACL website

2018 Carnegie Medal winner slams publishers for “accessible” language
The Guardian article

2017 Stella Count
Stats via the Stella Prize website

May Gibbs artwork discovery and 100 year publication anniversary
The Canberra Times article
May Gibbs 100 year anniversary projection video at Vivid Sydney 2018

Poisonous books
The Conversation article

Game of Thrones Prequel
BBC article

Film Adaptation of “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters
Trailer via Virago Press’ Facebook page

TV adaptation of “The Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan
TOR website article

TV adaptation of “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie
Hollywood Reporter article

Nintendo Switch adaptation of “Blacksad” Graphic Novel
Nintendo Everything article

Donald Friend abuse survivor seeks compensation from National Library of Australia over diary publication
ABC News article

Gemma Collins’ Terrible Book Publicity
Celebs Now article
iNews article

Trace Podcast
ABC Radio’s Trace webpage

Hong Kong Librarian Gone Rogue
Coconuts article

Things that Roxanne Missingham and I talked about:

National Library of Australia
Parliamentary Library
CSIRO Library
Menzies Library
Hancock Library
Chifley Library
Queen Elizabeth II Opening the Menzies Library in 1963
Queen Elizabeth’s speech
50th Anniversary Of Chifley Library
ANU Print Depository
Design and Desire Paths
Canberra Flooding
Chifley Library Flooding
Chifley Library Salvage Canberra Times article
ABC article
ANU article
Microfiche (not fish!)
Industrial Cleaning
UTAS Law Library Disaster

Hail at ANU 2007

Canberra Hail Storm 2007


My damaged books 😦

“The Stolen Bicycle” by Wu-Ming Yi

Delightful video on fixing wet books


And, again:

Chifley Library flood appeal
Browse books they’re looking for or make a donation here


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Lost the Plot – Episode 25 – Short Stories

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My Birthday Presents


My book skirt!


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My most beautiful book 😦

Murder in the Mail and Magic in the Mail
Felicity Banks’ Facebook page
Murder in the Mail Kickstarter Campaign
Magic in the Mail
Lost the Plot Episode 22 – Interactive Fiction

Street Library Interviews
ABC News Story – Curious Canberra
Lil Street Libraries
Lost the Plot Episode 9 – Street Libraries

Sekolah Gunung Merapi campaign
SGM’s facebook post
SGM’s website post
Lost the Plot Episode 13 – Books for the World
Books for the World website

Hugo Awards and
2018 Hugo Awards Finalists
1943 Retro-Hugo Awards Finalists

2018 Nebula Awards
Winners Announced
My Review of “The Stone Sky”
Peter S. Beagle newest Grand Master

2018 Stella Prize
My review of “The Fish Girl”
My review of “Terra Nullius”

2018 Australian Book Industry Awards
My reivew of “Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow”

20 Books by Women that Changed the World
Full List

2018 Vogel’s Award

Nobel Prize for Literature
Canberra Times article

Diary of Anne Frank – hidden pages
CNN article

Upcoming Releases
“Any Ordinary Day” by Leigh Sales
“The Fall of Gondolin” by J R R Tolkein
NOT the Winds of Winter, by George R R Martin
“Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty

TV and Film Adaptations
ABC’s Shakespeare Retelling project
Choose Your Own Adventure
The Bookshop
The Secret Garden

Describe Yourself the Way a Male Author Would
Electric Literature article
Bored Panda article
Electric Literature Male Author Description Chart

Children’s Book Author takes on Fashion Giant Zara
9 News article

Fake News: Children’s Books NOT Banned by Victorian Councils
The Guardian article
Victorian Liberals Statement
SBS article
University of Melbourne page on ANU study

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017
Full List




UTAS Law Library Book Disaster
The Mercury article
ABC article

Canberra Streets named after Librarians
Ten Daily article

Story Time From Space
Facebook page

Things that Sean and I talked about:

Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories
Stephen King’s short stories
“On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King
“The Tommyknockers” by Stephen King (don’t read this, I implore you)
Road Dahl’s short stories
The darker side of Roald Dahl BBC article
“Go the F*** to Sleep”

“I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing that, only then does he take up novel writing.” – William Faulkner

The quote I referred to is often attributed to Mark Twain, but has apparently been used by many people. Mark Twain himself said “You’ll have to excuse my lengthiness—the reason I dread writing letters is because I am so apt to get to slinging wisdom & forget to let up. Thus much precious time is lost.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
“13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher
“Decoding the Opposite Sex” by Sean Costello
Send in your requests to:
“Capital Yarns” by Sean Costello
Definition of ‘yarn
I have also partaken in yarnbombing
“Hey Sister” by Sean Costello
Human Brochure Campaign
Mocan and Green Grout
Capital Yarns Podcast
Arranged Marriage for the Modern Indian Man Podcast
Audiocraft Podcast Festival
“Anzac Day” by Sean Costello
Trace Podcast
Serial Podcast
Evil Genius TV Series
Welcome to Nightvale Podcast
Hello from the Magic Tavern
This American Life
“Dreamsnake” by Vonda N. McIntyre
“Birdman” by Sean Costello

“The Anchoress” by Robyn Cadwallader


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Lost the Plot – Episode 24 – Sydney Writers’ Festival Special

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Part 1 – Friday Afternoon

Sydney Writers’ Festival
Kendall Kirkwood
The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness
“Release” by Patrick Ness
Terra Nullius” by Claire G. Coleman
“The Trauma Cleaner” by Sarah Krasnostein, narrated by Rachael Tidd
21st Biennale of Sydney

Eileen Myles: To Dig a Hole in Eternity
SWF Gala: Power
Sarah Krasnostein: The Trauma Cleaner
Writing for YA Books and Film
Leigh Sales: On Doubt
Annabel Crabb’s BooKwiz
Gay for Page
Power Play: Toxic Masculinity in Storytelling
Eileen Myles: Straight Expectations
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Part 2 – Friday Night

Eileen Myles

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Eileen and Kendall, Photo by Kendall Kirkwood

SWF Gala: Power


Tayari Jones
Judy Blume

Part 3 – Saturday Morning


My skirt!

Sarah Krasnostein: The Trauma Cleaner


On Doubt” by Leigh Sales
Biography of Stella Miles Franklin
Brokeback Mountain

Part 4 – Saturday Middle of the Day

Writing for YA Books and Film


Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews
Chaos Walking” by Patrick Ness

Part 5 – Saturday Afternoon

BookWiz with Annabel Crabb
Tim Minchin
Richard Fidler
Julia Zemiro

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Photo by Kendall Kirkwood, who took very good care of my book

Ghost Empire” by Richard Fidler
Saga Land” by Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason

Part 6 – Saturday Night


Stan Grant
Nakkiah Lui
Marcia Langton
What I meant to say was Racecraft, not Racehunt!
Orlando” by Virginia Woolf
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J K Rowling
The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams
The Night Bookmobile” by Audrey Niffenegger

Gay for Page

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Photo by Kendall Kirkwood

Masha Gessen
Christos Tsiolkas (sorry for mispronouncing his name)
Eileen Myles (preferred pronouns are they, them)
Sally Rugg
Carmen Maria Machado
Yrsa Daley-Ward

Book recommendations
The Sailor Dog” by Margaret Wise Brown
Mister Dog: the dog who belonged to himself” by Margaret Wise Brown
Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
Jennie” by Paul Galico
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” by Edward Albee
Kama Sutra” by  Vātsyāyana
Enid Blyton
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis
Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans
Sarah Waters
Jeanette Winterson
A Restricted Country” by Joan Nestle
The Motion of Light and Water” by Samuel R. Delaney
The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
Shirley Jackson

Junot Diaz Controversy

Part 7 – Sunday Afternoon

Eileen Myles

Power Play: Toxic Masculinity in Storytelling


Gabriel Tallent
Ceridwen Dovey

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia


Sorry for the terrible photo – I was listening so intently, I didn’t bother checking it.

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms” by Anita Heiss

Part 8 – Sunday Night

Books we bought:

An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia” Edited by Anita Heiss
Eileen Myles

Authors I saw:

Kate Forsyth
Tom Keneally

#MeToo event with Tracey Spicer and Eva Cox

Virginia Woolf’s actual quote:

Think of a book as a very dangerous and exciting game, which it takes two to play at.



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Lost the Plot – Episode 23 – The Australian Newspaper Fiction Database

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Show Notes

Book Updates

Backwards-facing books – am I sellout or a genius?


Better Reading’s Top 100 Favourite Home Grown Reads
See the full list here. 
Episode 20 with Annie on book lists. 

Easter comes to the Kitchener Street Library

New Street Libraries in Warramanga
City News article

ACT Writers Centre Collecting Books for the Tathra bushfires
More information here

Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s Great Book Swap
Launch event
Start your own great book swap!

Sekolah Gunung Merapi Campaign
Donate here.

Book News

Man Booker International Prize
Longlist announced

Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards
Shortlist announced

MUD Literary Prize
“What I have Done” by Sarah Schmidt” wins inaugural prize
Also, do you know what MUD stands for? Let me know in the comments!

Australian Book Industry Awards
Longlist announced

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
Shortlist announced

Stella Prize
“Tracker” by Alexis Wright wins

2018 Women’s Prize for fiction
Longlist announced

International Women’s Day: My “Press for Progress” reviews
“Terra Nullius” by Claire G. Coleman
“Do Not Say We Have Nothing” by Madeleine Thien
“The Hate Race” by Maxine Beneba Clark
“Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms” by Dr Anita Heiss
“Aya of Yop City” by Marguerite Abouet
“The Fifth Season” by N K Jemisin

Stefen’s Books on IWD
Featuring books by women with a 10% discount

Miles Franklin’s Last Diary
Canberra Times Article
ABC Radio interview
NSW State Library Media Release

Bronte Society publishing lost Charlotte Bronte manuscripts
The Bookseller article
The Guardian article about the discovery

“Bridge of Clay” by Markus Zusak
Facebook video
Cover design

“A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult
Facebook post
Jodi Picoult website

“Bizarre Romance” by Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell
Washington Post article

“No Country Woman” by Zoya Patel
Hachette book page

“Well Read Cookies”
Facebook page

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
(NOT by John Oliver as it seems to be advertised everywhere)
The Age article

“In Her Own Words” by Pauline Hanson
Sydney Morning Herald article
SBS News Article

“Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” by Sean Penn
Huffington Post article
Wikipedia page

Amazon bidding to spend $1 billion to adapt the “Three Body Problem”
Engadget article

BBC Adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” in Production
Deadline article

Trailer for HBO Adaptation of “Farenheit 451”
Variety article

Reese Witherspoon adaptation of “Little Fires Everywhere”
Entertainment Weekly article

Images released from adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend”
Medium article

The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer
Facebook video

Harry Potter: History of Magic exhibition available on Google Arts & Culture App
Engadget article

Pottermore Editorial Staff Sacked
Buzzfeed article

J K Rowling Likes Anti-Trans Tweet
Pink News article

Woman reads book aloud on bus after being abused for reading
Standard article

“Deadly Woman Blues” to be Pulped
Sydney Morning Herald article

Book Crime in Melbourne
CCTV footage of bungling burgler

Peter Franklin Dies Aged 71 (and apologies, I mistakenly said 72 in the podcast)
ABC News article

Australian Newspaper Fiction Database

National Library of Australia Newspaper Digitisation Program

To Be Continued…The Australian Newspaper Fiction Database

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Trove Bookclub
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Other media about the project
Sydney Morning Herald
Canberra Times

March Events and Reviews

Festival Muse
My write-up

Melbourne Art Book Fair
Tinted Edges facebook post

Upcoming Events
ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author Series
Sydney Writers Festival
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie at Vivid Sydney 2018
Muse Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Free Comic Book Day
Lost the Plot episode on Free Books

March Reads
“The Stolen Bicycle” by Wu Ming-Yi


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