Emma Batchelor: What I Read, Write, and Listen to in October

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Welcome to the monthly update of readers, writers and lovers of literature.

Expect a celebration of local Canberra talent, plenty of reading recommendations, and a host of events and opportunities.


Like many people, the first book I read was by the wonderful literary girl Otesa Mshvig A year of rest and relaxation. I found the story unsettling yet compelling, and the images the last page evoked for me still stuck in my mind. You were interested in Moshfegh’s latest offers lapvona But after reading this wonderful conversation between Moschwig and writer Andrea Long Chu, I realized I wasn’t in the right mood for a rotten story set in a medieval village, so I chose instead to read the author’s 2021 novel, death in her hands. Mshvig’s take on whodunnit spoils the genre with its characteristic sinister vibes.

Death in Her Hands for Otesa Meshvig | Posted Jul 2021 Penguin


Nina Stipe is a master of graphic writing and I love all of her work. Her non-fiction book Nina’s lovea collection of letters written to her sister during the 1980s when Nina was working as a governess at Camden Literary, was important to me when I was working on my own novel. Someday I will amaze the world It’s about friendship, work, and knowing if you’ve lived the right life. It’s nice.

Someday I’m going to stun the world by Nina Stipe | Published August 2022 Penguin

about to read

I’m so excited to have a conversation with Shane Janek AKA Courtney Act about their memoirs caught in the act At Street Theater on Tuesday, November 1. I look forward to speaking with Kourtney about gender, gender, identity, and the process of capturing it all in writing. It is a free event and you can register for a seat here.

Stuck in Law by Shane Janek AKA Courtney Law | Published November 2021 Pantera Press

local love

The 2021 ACT book of the year was recently announced at the Civic Library. Books recognized this year include:

  • winner: Spinoza’s Coat by Subhash Giraith
  • High praise: Oil Under Troubled Waters by Bernard Collieri
  • High praise: Doggerland by Moya Bassi
  • Shortlist: Completely by Dr. B. s. Cottier
  • Shortlist: Close to Dr. Penelope Leland
  • ShortlistThe Portnoy Trials of Dr. Patrick Mullins

All of these books are available to borrow from ACT Libraries.

Quick Shooting Recommendations

Events, Workshops and Opportunities

  • Registration is now open for the 2022 ACT Year Book of the Year. The award is given in recognition of excellence in literature and is valued at $10,000 for the winner, $2,000 for any book praised and $1,000 for each book shortlisted. The award aims to support the development of ACT-based writers, promote ACT writing, and contribute to a culture of positive ACT writing. The ACT Book of the Year award is for fiction, non-fiction and poetry books written by ACT-based authors, or who can privately and strongly demonstrate ACT-based art practice.

Closed Monday, October 31, 2022 | Enter here

  • Local author Chris Hammer will talk about his new book tilt With his friend, journalist Michael Brissenden. TheTilt It is the latest action thriller from the bestselling author and sees the return of two main characters from his previous novel Treasure and dirt.

6pm to 7pm Tuesday, November 8, 2022. This is a free personal event | Register here

  • Dr. Kate Warren will present her National Library Fellowship 2022 research as a free online lunchtime lecture. Dr. Warren was examining mid-century Australian magazines and their interaction with the visual arts.

12.30 PM – 1.30 PM Thursday 10 November 2022. This is a free online event | Find out more

If you have a recommendation, event or new business to share please contact us!

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