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2019 Bestsellers at Brunswick Bound

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Brunswickians took the following ten books to heart last year.  They read them, raved about them and bought them for friends.  It really was wonderful and reaffirming to see how much love for stories and ideas there was in the 'hood in 2019.  Let's hope all that keeps us in good stead for the troubling days ahead.
In contrast to 2018, we had a huge resurgence in sales for Fiction - and even more interesting, all but one of those (Normal People by Sally Rooney) was written by an Australian author.  Love this!  So great to see local authors Angela Savage (Mother of Pearl) and Christos Tsiolkas (Damascus) there in the mix.
It was no surprise that Dark Emu was our bestselling book of the year.  This book is starting conversations that are being continued by books such as Sand Talk, The Yield, Songspirals and Welcome to Country - all indigenous titles that appeared in our Top 25 for the year.  And we can't wait to see even more indigenous voices being published this year thank…

First Chapters Q&A with Alex Landrigan

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Alex Landragin is a French-Armenian-Australian writer.  Now a freelance author, he is a former writer of Lonely Planet travel guides in Australia, Europe and Africa, and his writing has appeared in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Review of Books.  He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne and is a past recipient of an Australia Council Emerging Writers Grant.

Alex will be reading at First Chapters on Friday 7 February from his debut novel Crossings.


1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work. Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?

Crossings is about two characters who can ‘cross’ from one body into another. Sometimes those crossings are a little, shall we say, underhand. I’ll be reading a description of my favourite of those crossings scenes, where the narrator tricks a morose young man into the undertaking.

2. How would you describe your writing?

Labyrinthine, self-aware, cosmopol…

First Chapters Q&A with Amy Bodossian

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Amy Bodossian is a critically acclaimed cabaret performer, comedian and poet who has been captivating audiences with her eccentric and unforgettable work.  Her career began in her hometown Adelaide where she was nothing short of a spoken word icon - her raw, poignant, and often absurd style of performance poetry becoming a favourite amongst Adelaide audiences.  She has won the SA Young Women Writes' Poetry Award and been on ABCs Spicks and Specks and Please Like Me, and performed sell out shows to audiences across Australia.

Amy will be reading from her first book of poetry Wide Open, at First Chapters on Friday 7 February.

1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us
what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?

In Wide Open I dive into the oceans of my romantic escapades. The three poems I've chosen represent three different stages of some of these. The first is a pretty humorous exploration of sexual tension during one of the most…

First Chapters Q&A with Ender Baskan

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Ender Baskan is the author of the novel A Portrait of Alice as a Young Man published by Vre Books.  His work revolves around the condition of the contemporary psychosphere.  Poetics, revolution and the Australian Dream are some of his prime obsessions.  He is currently writing postcards.  Ender is the recipient of the 2014/15 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Prose.  

Ender will be reading from A Portrait of Alice as a Young Man at First Chapters on Friday 7 February.  


1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us
what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?



The piece is from my novel A Portrait of Alice as a Young Man. It is fiction but its not a novel in the classic sense. What starts off as a road novel turns into a meditation on the question of how can we be in Australia. The narrative is like a rocket on the space shuttle, I need just enough of it to get through the stratosphere, and from there I want to break down the distance be…

First Chapters Q&A with Wayne Marshall

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Wayne Marshall is a writer and musician.  His stories have appeared in Going Down Swinging, Island, Review of Australia Fiction and elsewhere.  He is the co-founder of the Peter Carey Short Story Award.

Wayne will be reading from his short story collection Shirl at First Chapters on Friday 7 February.






1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work. Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen? 

I’m still deciding which story from Shirl to read, but most likely it’ll be something comic. So: either an alien invasion that leads to a ban on Australian Rules football; a lonely Yowie that leaves the bush to attend a Desperate and Dateless ball; or the unveiling of a striking new girlfriend by a man named Geoff. That kind of thing?

2. How would you describe your writing?

It’s a bit of a dirty word in literary circles, but I see myself first and foremost as an entertainer. Humour, adventure, twists and turns, crazy goings-on: these are the things I aspire …

First Chapters Q&A with J.M. Green

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J.M. Green is a crime writer based in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Her debut novel, Good Money, the first hardboiled-crime novel featuring Stella Hardy, was shortlisted for a 2016 Ned Kelly Award, the Sisters in Crime's Davitt Award for best debut, as well as the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. She divides her time between writing in her backyard studio and working as a librarian. Shoot Through is the third in the Stella Hardy series, following Too Easy.


J.M. Green will be reading from Shoot Through at First Chapters on Friday 1 November.  
1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a piece from your published work.  Tell us what we can expect from the piece you have chosen?
The piece is a conversation between my accidental detective, social worker Stella Hardy, and her long time frenemy Marcus Pugh, minster for justice. Marcus must ask for Stella’s help, something he is uncomfortable doing. She senses this, and makes his suffering worse.
2. How w…