What we’re reading this summer.
Marieke Hardy, Artistic Director
In the Garden of the Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey, because I trust the woman who gave it to me. True Stories by Helen Garner – I mean, really. Helen. Helen Garner. Do you hear that sound? It is the sound of glitter cannons exploding in my heart. The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher – I revisit MFK’s peerless food writing whenever I am able. It is food poetry. And Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young, who read a letter at a Women of Letters event in NZ as part of LitCrawl in November. At the end I told her I’d like to apply to be her best friend and was there a form I could fill out. She thought I was joking.
Shona Barrett, CEO
For me, summer is definitely a chance to catch up on things I didn’t have a chance to read during the year! In terms of recent releases, I am currently reading Claire G Coleman’s Terra Nullius, and next on my list is Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. I’m hoping to explore Alexis Wright’s award-winning Tracker, too. And on the recommendation of a friend who loves history as much as I do, I am lining up Robyn Annear’s Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne.
Jessica Alice, Program Manager
I’m in the middle of reading the stunning biography of Sandra Pankhurst, The Trauma Cleaner, by Sarah Krasnostein. Michelle de Krester’s The Life to Come is next on my list, and I can’t wait to get stuck into Sweatshop founder Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s The Lebs, the follow-up to his debut novel The Tribe. As a Peep Show fan I’m going to check out Robert Webb’s memoir on adulthood and masculinity, How Not to Be a Boy, and I’m excited to catch up on Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life.
Kylie Eddy, Marketing & Development Manager
I can’t wait to dive into some nonfiction! At the top of my summer reading list is The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein followed by The Woman Who Fooled the World by Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano. I’m also interested in the creative process of filmmaking so I’ll be reading To Pixar and Beyond by Lawrence Levy. Finally, after some emphatic recommendations, I’m going to try some historical fiction with Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
Tamsien West, Development Executive
In December I am heading off to Japan for a holiday, and I am planning to take three quite different novels by Japanese authors with me to enjoy as I explore: The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima, Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto and The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. Back home in January, The Swan Book by Australian author Alexis Wright is going to be my first read of 2018, all things going to plan. I’m intrigued by the description of it as an alternate history/dystopia focused on the experiences of Aboriginal people in Australia.
Irene Kalpakas, Marketing Coordinator
I’ve just devoured Helen Garner’s Stories and I’m now looking forward to sinking my teeth into True Stories. As MWF’s resident grammar nerd, I can’t wait to read A World Without Whom: The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age by creator of the Buzzfeed style guide Emmy J Favilla. And I’m also excited to get into some great fiction – Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet, and Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God are on my list.
Andy Butler, Administrator
I’m so excited to read Alexis Wright’s Tracker. She is a national treasure. I need to catch up on Ghassan Hage’s Is Racism an Environmental Threat?. Other books on my stack are an uncorrected-proof copy of Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s The Lebs, Michelle de Kretser’s The Life to Come and Omar Musa’s Millefiori.
Emilie Zoey Baker, Schools’ Program Producer
I am really looking forward to getting my hands on Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. People are calling it the book of the year and by people I mean Benjamin Law who I take all my reading advice from. I’m also keen to crack The Trauma Cleaner which has just been shortlisted for the VPLAs and I am determined to finish every Richard Brautigan I have painstakingly collected over the years (I’m almost complete now!).