Underground Talk, great new books and more…

NIBS Tuesday bulletin, 29 June 2010

1. ‘MARS MEETS MAMMON’ @ UNDERGROUND TALK
2. DAVE KERIN ON GREEN JOBS @ UNDERGROUND TALK
3. BOOK LAUNCH: THE BYRON JOURNALS BY DANIEL DUCROU
4. GREAT NEW CASTLEBOOKS REMAINDERS!
5. NEW & NOTEWORTHY TITLES

Apologies for the not-soTuesday bulletin this week – the author was in Adelaide visiting his family and speaking about himself in the third person.

But now, keep reading for some great Underground Talk events, a special Book launch and some great new remainders from Castlebooks…

1. ‘MARS MEETS MAMMON’ @ UNDERGROUND TALK

“Mars Meets Mammon”:
Militarism Australian Style
Bill Williams @ Underground Talk

6:30pm Wednesday 30 June
New International Bookshop, Trades Hall

Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) President Bill Williams will spark a lively discussion on the issues raised in Vision 2030: An alternative approach to Australian security, MAPW’s new 48-page publication.

Bill’s chapter explains where our defence dollars go; how spending on health would promote peace more effectively; and documents the deep social impacts of war. He’ll speak on the lack of sense in Australia’s security strategy and spending. Another Melbourne based contributor, Tilman Ruff, will also discuss Australia’s broken promises on nuclear disarmament.

Entry: $5/$2 concession
More info: (ph) 9662 3744, (email) nibs@nibs.org.au

2. DAVE KERIN ON GREEN JOBS @ UNDERGROUND TALK

Earthworker Social Enterprise’s first factory:
Workers leading the way to a green economy

Dave Kerin @ Underground Talk
6:30pm Wednesday 7 July
New International Bookshop, Trades Hall

The response to climate change of big business and government looks like being too little, too late. But what if organised labour itself could create green jobs and push Australia towards a sustainable future?

It’s a not a hypothetical, this is actually happening.

The Gippsland Trades and Labour Council (GTLC) oversees a region already hit hard by the privatisation of the power industry. Now, when some hear climate change sounding the death knell for the local economy, the GTLC is going on the front foot by backing the Earthworker Social Enterprise.

With their first factory producing solar hot water units almost ready to go, Earthworker founder and CFMEU organiser Dave Kerin will discuss how worker co-operatives can create new green-collar, manufacturing jobs alongside current coal and related jobs and what you can do to help this important new movement grow.

Entry: $5/ $2 concession
More info: (ph) 9662 3744, (email) nibs@nibs.org.au

3. BOOK LAUNCH: THE BYRON JOURNALS BY DANIEL DUCROU

The Byron Journals, Daniel Ducrou, Text, $19.95.

Andrew and his mate Benny have finished school and are heading for the holiday of their lives in Byron Bay. They are not sure what they’re looking forward to most: the surf, the girls, the music, the partying or just being away from Adelaide.

Things don’t go to plan, and Andrew loses his mates. But he finds Heidi. Heidi is not like anyone he’s ever met before, and she takes him into her world, which feels a million miles away from his past. But is Andrew really prepared for the ride he’s about to take?

The Byron Journals is an exciting debut novel by a fresh new voice in Australian literature. Fun, and sometimes frightening, it takes a clear-eyed look at the desire to escape your past and the dangers of running headlong into your future.

Launch by Michael Williams (programming director, The Wheeler Centre)
6:30pm Thursday 8 July
Bella Union bar, Trades Hall

4. GREAT NEW CASTLEBOOKS REMAINDERS!

Abolition! The struggle to abolish slavery in the British colonies, Richard S. Reddie, $9.95.
The World of the Wtiches, Julio Caro Baroja, $9.95.
Black Dog of Fate: An American son uncovers his Armenian past
, Peter Balakian, $7.95.
The Victorian Internet: The remarkable story of the telegraph and the nineteenth century’s on-line pioneers
, Tom Standage, $9.95.
Rebel Queen: How the trial of Caroline brought England to the brink of revolution, Jane Robins, $9.95.
The Stuart Case, K. S. Inglis, $9.95.

New fiction remainders listed in next week’s bulletin – but if you can’ wait just pop into the shop for a look.

5. NEW & NOTEWORTHY TITLES

Smile or Die: How positive thinking fooled America and the world, Barbara Ehrenreich, Granta, $29.99.

Letters to My Grandchildren: Thoughts on the future, Tony Benn, Arrow, $27.95.

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See you soon at Underground Talk or for a browse in the shop.

In unity,
Seb Prowse

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