NIBS bulletin: The Right to Strike, Tassie Forests + more

NIBS Tuesday bulletin, 23 November 2010

1. THE RIGHT TO STRIKE IN AUSTRALIA @ UNDERGROUND TALK
2. THE BATTLE FOR TASMANIA’S FORESTS @ UNDERGROUND TALK
3. N.I.B.S. A.G.M. & CHRISTMAS PARTY – CHANGE OF DATE!
4. DECEMBER UNDERGROUND TALK
5. MICHAEL HYDE’S ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

This Wednesday at Underground Talk, don’t miss Bookshop favourite Lizzie O’Shea – last heard bringing the house down at this year’s Comedy Debate – talking the right to strike with Sydney academic and author Shae McCrystal. It promises to be an insightful discussion on a crucial subject.

Next week Underground Talk heads to Tuesday night to feature up-and-coming Melbourne author Anna Krien’s book on the Tassie forests – and there are plenty more events to come before the year is out.

Stay tuned next week for our huge list of recommended Christmas and holiday reading…

1. THE RIGHT TO STRIKE IN AUSTRALIA @ UNDERGROUND TALK

The Right to Strike In Australia:
Shae McCrystal & Lizzie O’Shea @ Underground Talk
6:30pm Wednesday 24 November

Shae McCrystal is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Sydney. Her new book (out now on Federation Press) is a detailed study of the laws which impact on the capacity of workers to take industrial action. Why is there no right to strike in Australia – and what can be done about it? Join Shae and Lizzie O’Shea, Head of Maurice Blackburn’s Social Justice practice, to find out.

Entry: $5/ $2 concession.

2. THE BATTLE FOR TASMANIA’S FORESTS @ UNDERGROUND TALK

Into the Woods: The battle for Tasmania’s forests
Anna Krien @ Underground Talk
6:30pm Tuesday 30 November

Into the Woods is the excellent first book from Melbourne author Anna Krien. To understand the depth of feeling surrounding logging in Tasmania, she travels the length and breadth of the island, hangs out with loggers and ferals, and meets politicians, businessmen and irate locals. She documents the social and environmental impact of forestry and, finally, calls into question the economic basis of the entire industry.

A great introduction to one of the defining issues of Australian society, Into the Woods will provide plenty of food for through to even the most experienced activist. We are excited to present Anna Krien at this special Tuesdaynight Underground Talk, in conversation with the Bookshop’s Seb Prowse.

Entry: $5/$2 concession.

3. N.I.B.S. A.G.M. & CHRISTMAS PARTY – CHANGE OF DATE!

New International Bookshop AGM/ Christmas Party
AGM 2:30pm, Party from 3pm, Saturday 4 December
With the Bookshop in the black, there’s plenty to celebrate so don’t miss our big end-of-year party. Have a drink with the comrades, check out the changes around the shop and do some Christmas shopping. We hope to see you there! All co-op members are strongly encouraged to come early for the AGM we know where you live

4. DECEMBER UNDERGROUND TALK

So far we have lined up two great Underground Talks in December, the first up in the Bella Union Bar and the second down in the shop. As usual, entry to these events is $5/ $2 concession.

Martin Flanagan talks with Gideon Haigh
6:30pm Wednesday 8 December
Take two of Australia’s finest writers on the intersections of sport, culture and politics, give them a beer and a stool in the Bella Union Bar then sit back and enjoy! Gideon Haigh’s new book Sphere of Influence investigates the Indian Premier League and the state of world cricket, and he will just return in time from covering the Second Test in Adelaide. Martin Flanagan is a much-loved commentator on football, indigenous Australia and national identity. His latest book is Richo.

Delusions of Gender: The Real Science behind Sex Differences
Cordelia Fine @ Underground Talk
6:30pm Wednesday 15 December
Academic psychologist and writer Cordelia Fine will discuss her acclaimed second book Delusions of Gender, billed as “a passionately argued and much-needed corrective to the belief that men’s and women’s brains are intrinsically different.” A fascinating event for science buffs and anyone interested in combating sexism.

5. MICHAEL HYDE’S ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

The place to be on Friday night was the Bella Union Bar for the launch of All Along the Watchtower: Memoir of a Sixties revolutionary by Michael Hyde. The bar was absolutely packed, and if it wasn’t for our new favourite toy – the remote EFTPOS facility – the NIBS team would have struggled to keep everyone happy. As it was there were long queues for book signings, bear hugs and glasses of red perched precariously on the huge pile of books…

When the time came for speeches, Ian Syson displayed his usual laconic humour in celebrating Vulgar Press’ 40th publication; Humphrey McQueen warned the crowd that Fidel was now writing his speeches for him, then kept the crowd spellbound with a brilliant series of reflections ranging from the 60s to today; and Michael Hyde, clearly a much-loved man, spoke movingly about the spirit of the Sixties and the experience of writing the book.

To top it all off, we ended up selling exactly 100 copies of the book – including one to each of the staff who were clearly inspired by the event.

All Along the Watchtower is available for $32.95 in the Bookshop – a must-read both for 60s veterans and everyone else who missed out!

[Editor’s Note: See also http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/2010/11/22/all-along-the-watchtower/ ]

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That’s it for another week, I’m getting back to reading Mike Hyde’s book!

In unity,
Seb Prowse

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