Last chance to book! Writing workshops with Archie Fusillo

Last chance to take part in Archie Fusillo’s writing workshop! It’s a series of three workshops for adults, no experience required, here in the bookshop between 6.30 and 8pm on Tuesdays  7 March, 21 March and 4 April.

What you need to know:archie-fusillo-www-portrait

  • Writing workshop for adults
  • No skills or experience required
  • Three-session course for $150
  • Time: Tuesday evenings
    • 7 March, 21 March, 4 April
  • Place: Fairfieldbooks, 117a Station St, Fairfield
  • Bring your own writing materials
  • RSVP: email by Friday 24 February — that’s tomorrow!
  • Payment: by Wednesday 1 March

Get in touch to book or ask questions: email or call 9017 4748.

About Archie: Archimede Fusillo, the son of Italian migrants, was born and grew up in Melbourne. Surrounded by wonderful storytellers, he learnt early on the value of stories in shaping our lives and connecting people, irrespective of backgrounds. Archie has published several children’s and young adult books, and won Australian and Italian prizes for his writing and cultural work. He regularly gives presentations and writing workshops for adults and children.  For more information, see Archie’s website:

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Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

mighty-mighty-construction-siteThe next great digger book is here — Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, the follow-up to the enormously successful Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. In this new adventure, Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane Truck, Dump Truck and Cement Mixer wake up and get to work on their new project:


‘A massive building, so immense–
this giant job will be intense!’

How will the five friends get the job done? Come visit the construction site and find out.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site – Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld – HB – Chronicle – $30

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How to build with gaffa tape & rubber bands

Lance Akiyama is clearly a person you want on your team when the (zombie) apocalypse comes: his ability to construct life’s basics with gaffa (or duct) tape, and life’s mini-entertainments with rubber bands, is truly astonishing.

duct-tape-engineerHis new book, Duct Tape Engineer (PB, $28), uses duct/gaffa tape to build:

  • chairs & tables
  • kayaks
  • tool kits
  • geodesic domes
  • messenger bags


Rubber Band Engineer (PB, $30), Akiyama’s older rubber-band-engineerbook, shows how to make:

  • magic box
  • catapults
  • robots
  • helicopters
  • cars

If you don’t believe me, you can see some of his creations, from both books, in action here on his website. He also runs the Workshop for Young Engineers: check out that website, where you can also download some sample plans.

Both books make great gifts for creators young and old. Enjoy!

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Writing workshops with Archie Fusillo – places still available!

There are still places available in Archie Fusillo’s writing workshops for adults, to be held here in the bookshop on Tuesdays  7 March, 21 March and 4 April.

A quick list of key details:

  • Writing workshop for adults
  • No skills or experience required!
  • Three-session course for $150
  • Time: Tuesday evenings
    • 7 March, 21 March, 4 April
  • Place: Fairfieldbooks, 117a Station St, Fairfield
  • Bring your own writing materials
  • RSVP: email by Friday 24 February
  • Payment: by Wednesday 1 March

Get in touch to book or ask questions: email or call 9017 4748.

Find about morea bout Archie at

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2017 Stella Longlist announced

2017-stella-longlistThe longlist has been announced for the 2017 Stella Prize, awarded each year to great writing by Australian women. This year, out of a dozen titles chosen, there are four fiction (three novels and one short-story collection) and eight nonfiction books (five of which are memoirs).

The shortlist will be announced on International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) and the winner of the $50,000 first prize will be announced on Tuesday 18 April.

We currently have half of the list in-stock, and by next week we should have the full long list. The Stella link to each title below has a plot summary, an author bio and a Stella judges’ report — so you can find out what all the fuss is about. Do get in touch if you want a longlister put aside.

Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain (TP, Scribe- $30)
An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (TP, Picador – $33)
The High Places by Fiona McFarlane (TP, Hamish Hamilton – $33)
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (PB, Allen & Unwin – $28)

Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird (HB, Harper Collins – $50)
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (TP, Hachette – $33)
Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir by Catherine de Saint Phalle (TP, Transit Lounge – $30)
Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru by Madeline Gleeson (PB, NewSouth – $30)
Avalanche by Julia Leigh (PB, Hamish Hamilton – $25)
Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane by Elspeth Muir (TP, Text – $30)
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor (HB, Hachette – $25)
The Media and the Massacre: Port Arthur 1996-2016 by Sonya Voumard (PB, Transit Lounge – $30)

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Emily’s back-of-the-envelope poems

envelope-poems-layoutThese odd shapes look like finds from an archaeological dig, which I guess they are: in her later years, Emily Dickinson wrote much of her poetry on scraps and the backs of envelopes – then hid it all away. These were never meant to be made public, but well, her sister-in-law published anyway. What could a dead poet do to her?

So, the interesting thing about these snippets dickinson-gorgeous-nothings-5-e1403725439367now is that New  Directions has published two facsimile books of them, the aptly named Gorgeous Nothings (HB, $63.95) which came out a couple of years back, and this newer sampling, called Envelope Poems (HB, $22.95). Each poem is presented with both a high-resolution image and a transcription in the original shape (like this transcription).

The envelope poems make an interesting read, and puzzling them out is the only way through. I wish my Dickinson had included the printed editions of her poems so I could have read them more fluently, but as it was you clearly saw how she used her ‘page’ to help create the poem. There’s an interesting article which talks about symbols Emily used that were never translated into print, like the plus sign.

The little hardback edition makes a lovely gift (thanks, Steph, for my Christmas present). It’s great for those arty types in your life, poets, designers, writing buffs. One customer was inspired by Gorgeous Nothings and showed me her photographs afterwards, so do share your Emily-inspired art with us!



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Dinosaurs Galore! New dino reference books in-stock.






We have the perfect series for the dinosaur fiend in your life: six separate books, covering the periods between the Upper Triassic and the Upper Cretaceous. Each book  covers 25 dinosaurs, with a full-page drawing and description of each dino, its territory and its fossil remains. The full set of books is shown here, each only $7 in paperback or $20 in hardback.




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