Booktopia’s John Purcell amongst the big names appearing at the 2015 Bendigo Writers Festival

Booktopia’s resident Book Guru and bestselling author John Purcell heads up an all-star lineup at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival.

John Marsden, Bob Brown, Alice Pung, Graeme Simsion, John Clarke, Cate KennedyRobert Dessaix, Don Watson, Ellie MarneyLatika Bourke, David Astle, David M Henley, Max Gillies, Paddy O’Reilly, Robyn Davidson, Tariq Ali and The Gourmet Farmer’s Matthew Evans are just a few of the big names featuring in this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival.

Now in its fourth year, the Bendigo Writers Festival has become famous for the close access readers can experience with some of literature’s freshest thinkers, taking place in the heart of Bendigo’s View Street arts precinct.

The festival features more than 70 events in five venues across the August 8 and 9 weekend, from 9.30am on Saturday through to 5.30pm on Sunday.

For more details and to see the full program, go to www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au

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Understanding Rap: Get down with the Shizzle this Bizzle does Provizzle

understanding-rapAlthough rap music is famous for its ingenuity, double entendres and clever turns of phrase, until now no one has attempted to collect rap lyrics into an organised compendium.

Enter Understand Rap, which precisely explains all the confusing terms and lyrics used in rap songs in a language even the most un-hip person can understand.

“My West Coast shorty push the chrome 740…” – PUFF DADDY

The female I associate with while I am spending time in California is driving a high-end BMW brand automobile, which I may have purchased for or loaned to her, and that has had a special coating applied to give it an extremely bright, silver, mirror-like finish.

 “Hockey players pagin’ me to practice on my wrist…” – NELLY

I have so much diamond jewelry covering the end of my arm near my hand that individuals who enjoy the aforementioned cold-weather contact sport are contacting me on my outdated alphanumeric communication device, having confused my bracelet for an ice rink they would like to use to improve their athletic abilities.

“Flow so cold, chicken soup won’t help…” – LIL WAYNE

The stream of lyrics that travels from my mouth to the microphone is so powerful that if it were a treatable sickness, a common home remedy would have no effect.

“Leave you kinda startled, like the funk off of fritos…” – PAPERBOY

Because you are relatively inexperienced, my actions will surprise you as if you inhaled in pungent aroma from a just-opened bag of a particular brand of strong-smelling corn chips.

“Grindin’ daily to stack my bread…” – PAUL WALL

I work hard every day, earning income by doing whatever I have to do to get by. As a result of my effort, I am able to pile up my money as if it were slices of food made by mixing water with ground flour.

Grab your copy of Understand Rap here

Who is ‘Gudinski’ and why should I buy a book about him?

Who the hell called this Gudinski chap ‘The Godfather of Australian Rock’ and why should you buy a book about him?

gudinski– Michael Gudinski founded Mushroom Records in 1972, a label that would go on to sign and nurture Australian artists Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Yothu Yindi, Kate Ceberano, Split Enz, The Saints, Skyhooks and hundreds more.

– The Frontier Touring Company, founded by Gudinski in 1979, has twice been voted the ‘No 1 International Touring Company in the World’. The company has toured some of the world’s finest artists, including Billy Joel, Green Day, Kings Of Leon, Leonard Cohen, Black Eyed Peas and many more.

– Mushroom Records was so influential in Australian music that Gudinski celebrated its 25th birthday with a nine hour concert at the MCG featuring 56 acts that was shown live on Channel 9.

– Gudinski has been awarded every award possible in the Australian music industry, including an ARIA Lifetime Achievement Award when he was only in his early forties. In 2006 he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia medal (AM).

Grab your copy of Gudinski here

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The Godfather of Australian Rock

The real story of the man behind the bands – and a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock music.

Known to many as GODinski, Michael Gudinski is unquestionably the most powerful and influential figure in the Australian rock’n’roll music business – and has been for the last four decades.

Often referred to as ‘the father of the Australian music industry’, he has nurtured the careers of many artists – Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Skyhooks, Split Enz, Yothu Yindi, to name just a few. But his reach isn’t limited to Australian artists. With his Frontier Touring Company, Gudinski has toured The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Sting … pretty much a who’s who of the arena level international music scene.

A self-made multi-millionaire, Gudinski is the Australian equivalent of Richard Branson or David Geffen, but who is this tough, inspired, flamboyant and impassioned businessman who has shaped Australian popular culture? Where did he come from, and how has he stayed relevant for so long in an industry notorious for its fickleness? Rock journalist Stuart Coupe delves into Gudinski’s life to find the answers – and in doing so gives us a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock.

Grab your copy of Gudinski here

The Queen of Adult Colouring is Back!

Johanna Basford, the award-winning Scottish illustrator who has taken the publishing world by storm, selling more than a million copies of her books Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, is back this year with a new Adult Colouring book, Lost Ocean.

With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites colour-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden within the depths of the sea.

With intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, colour and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi and delicately penned seahorses, visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, and discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will delight in this creative journey into an inky new world.

Click here to check out all of Johanna Basford’s books

Click here to check out all of Johanna Basford’s books

Who is Peaches and why should I buy her memoir?

Who the hell would call themselves Peaches and why should you buy her memoir?

Let us tell you:
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– Peaches is one of the most acclaimed and admired artists of her generation, the inspiration for musicians everywhere from Lady Gaga to Pussy Riot. Trust us, you’ll never see Lady Gaga the same way after reading What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches.

– Her memoir What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches features never before seen backstage pictures from photographer Holger Talinski across her entire career.

– Michael Stipe, Yoko Ono and Ellen Page are just a few of the artists who have contributed text to the book.

– She is such an immense stage presence that this is what fans look like when they watch her perform.

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– Iggy Pop said recording ‘Kick It’ with her was a career highlight, which is pretty insane when you think of his career.

Grab your copy of What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches here

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This volume presents a mesmerizing collection of Holger Talinski’s evocative and sometimes erotic photos of transgressive musical icon Peaches, on and off stage, with accompanying text by Peaches, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Yoko Ono, and actress Ellen Page.

“[Peaches] has teamed up with her longtime tour photographer Holger Talinski to look back at a brazen career that has captured the attention of outsider artists and massive pop stars alike, ranging from Michael Stipe to PJ Harvey to Iggy Pop…Along with Holger’s uncompromising, often raw imagery, the book includes stories from artists who have championed Peaches’s work over the years.”
New York Times T Magazine

“One flip through the glossy new monograph What Else Is In the Teaches of Peaches is all it takes to get absorbed into the post-punk wonderland of pop culture icon Peaches.”
W Magazine

“The book is full of grit, sweat and dripping sexuality….From stressed out hotel shots to carnival stage shows, a performance of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece to a one-woman electro-rock opera Peaches Does Herself, the book is an extensive look into the life of a transgressive master….Like all good performance art, it’s not an empty dance. In each frame, Peaches carries a fire in her eyes.”
San Antonio Current

“The outrageous and provocative new book…presents [Peaches] as more than the onstage provocateur most know her to be; instead we see her at home with family, rehearsing, sprawled out backstage, exhausted from giving her fans the musical lunacy they crave.”
Frontiers Magazine

Grab your copy of What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches here

 

Who is Jonathan Brown and why should I buy his memoir?

Who the hell is this Jonathan Brown character and why should you buy his memoir?

Let us tell you:

jonathan-brown-life-and-football– Jonathan Brown is a former AFL player for the Brisbane Lions, winning three premierships by the age of 22.

– He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of the modern era.

– He is one of the most loved players of his generation, stepping straight into the media after retiring in 2014.

– Leigh Matthews, arguably the greatest player of all time, described Brown as the most courageous player he has ever seen.

– He did this once…

– And this…

– And footy folks have this to say about him…

Grab your copy of Jonathan Brown: Life and Football here

jonathan-brown-life-and-footballJonathan Brown

Life and Football

Three premiership wins, three-time club best and fairest winner, two-time All Australian and winner of the Coleman Medal: Jonathan Brown knows footy, and he knows success.

Browny’s head-first on-field leadership style, coupled with an outstanding highlights reel, earned him the respect of the entire football community. This tell-all account will take you behind the scenes of his extraordinary career. From growing up in country Victoria, to becoming the pride of Brisbane, to his devastating decision to retire mid-season, this former captain has seen it all – and he has stories to tell.

A formidable player and a man’s man, Browny is the people’s champion.

Browny’s head-first on-field leadership style earned him the respect of the entire football community, and his revealing autobiography will take you behind the scenes of his extraordinary career. From growing up in country Victoria, to becoming the pride of Brisbane, to his devastating decision to retire mid-season, Jonathan Brown has seen it all – and he has stories to tell.

Grab your copy of Jonathan Brown: Life and Football here

Major Prize Announcements!

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Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed had such a significant literary impact that it made its way onto the big screen. Jean-Marc Vallée, famous for Dallas Buyers Club, directed the movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, who both went on to be nominated for an Academy Award. To promote the release of this powerfully moving film on DVD we gave 20 Booktopian’s the chance to win a copy. All you had to do to enter was order the film tie-in edition by June 30th.

…and the winners are:

K.Rankin, Seville, VIC,  B.O’Leary, Lake Illawarra, NSW, M.Edgar, Wollongong, NSW, B.Boehner, Marsden Park, NSW, L.Furney, Coniston, NSW, Z.Morrell, Petersham, NSW, E.Lockwood, Sellicks Beach, SA, J.Deane, Asquith, NSW, S.Kania, Newtown, VIC, T.Cemo,    Thornlands, QLD, C.Zhang, Melbourne, VIC, J.Dizdarevic, Ascot Vale, VIC, S.Laird, Tenambit, NSW
R.Torrisi, Stanthorpe, QLDU, D. Bates, Cordeaux Heights, NSW, K.Flanagan, Blackmans Bay, TAS, C.Okeefe, Corio, VIC, J.Craghill, Craigieburn, VIC, L.Guan, Sydney, NSW, R.Snape, Bunbury, WA

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A Journey from Lost to Found

by Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America – from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington state – and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise – a promise of piecing together a life that lay in ruins at her feet.

Grab a copy of Wild here


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Because our little pink piggy friend is still number 1# rated kids show on ABC 2 I-View we thought we might give fans out there the chance to win a pack dedicated to the awesome Pig herself. All you had to do to enter was order any title from our Penguin Peppa Pig series by June 30th.

…and the winner is:

J.Annetts, Wahroonga, NSW

Check out the entire Penguin Peppa Pig series here


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After the runaway success of the film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars another of his novels, Paper Towns, is about the hit the big screen. To celebrate this, we gave 2 Booktopian’s the chance to attend the Australian Premiere! All you had to do to enter was order our Paper Towns: Film Tie-in Edition by June 28th.

Are you feeling lucky, punk? Drumroll please…

I.Abbott, Woodford, NSW
M.Abrahams, Oakville, NSW

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Film Tie-in Edition

John Green

The stunning film tie-in edition of Paper Towns, from the award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars.

Quentin Jacobsen – Q to his friends – is eighteen and has always loved the edgy Margo Roth Spiegelman. As children, they’d discovered a dead body together. Now at high school, Q’s nerdy while Margo is uber-cool. One night, Q is basking in the predictable boringness of his life when Margo, dressed as a ninja, persuades him to partake in several hours of mayhem. then she vanishes.

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Congratulations to the winners!
Missed out on the prize? Hey, turn that frown upside up, we’ve got so much more up for grabs, not to mention limited editions, signed copies and 2 for 1 offers!

Head to our Promotions and Competitions page!

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