Tag: books

Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV is back

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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is thrilled to announce the 10th annual Melbourne Art Book Fair (MABF), a prestigious celebration honouring art book publishing and Melbourne’s distinction as a UNESCO City of Literature. Commencing today and continuing until 2 June 2024, the fair will animate multiple venues across Melbourne and Victoria with an exciting array of book launches, discussions, exhibitions, and more. Highlighting the event is a special in-conversation session with renowned art historian Katy Hessel, alongside a vibrant TV gameshow pop-up and a showcase featuring art and design publishing from across Australia and beyond. Esteemed British author and art historian Katy Hessel, known for her influential podcast “The Great Women Artists,” will engage with NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, Simone LeAmon, for a live discussion titled “Katy Hessel in Conversation: The Story of Art Without Men” on 29 May. This program, presented by NGV and The Wheeler Centre, will delve into Hessel’s critically acclaimed book, “The Story of Art Without Men,” which explores the often overlooked contributions of women in art history, reflecting her extensive work in uncovering female artists’ narratives from Australia and around the globe. Moreover, the fair will celebrate the launch of NGV’s newest publication, “Observations: Moments in Design History.” Acclaimed design critic and author of “Design as an Attitude,” Alice Rawsthorn OBE, will discuss the socio-political implications of modern design with Sarah Teasley, sharing insights into how contemporary designers are tackling the pressing challenges of today’s society. From 24 to 26 May, the Great Hall at NGV… Read More

See the best of Europe in Lonely Planet’s Gourmet Trails book

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The new book from Lonely Planet Food, titled “Gourmet Trails.” This book offers a fresh perspective on the traditional cuisines of Europe, including local specialities and creative modern-day chef creations. With 40 foodie trails to choose from, travellers can indulge in both indulgent and affordable itineraries that cater to their unique tastes. Lonely Planet’s team of writers has curated an exquisite showcase of Europe’s epicurean countries, tailoring itineraries that celebrate vibrant local produce and the creative minds that deliver these culinary delights. Whether you’re foraging in the woods, trialling a country cooking class, tasting pungent cheeses, quaffing local wines, discovering local tavernas, tasting wild food, or bartering at a local market, this guide celebrates the best of Europe on a platter. The book covers popular and lesser-known food and wine stops throughout Europe, providing readers with the best places to stay, cool restaurants and bars, where to eat, what to do along the way, and local culture, including festivals and celebrations. Each trail features 6-8 must eat and drink stops, suiting a shorter getaway or jaunt of two to three days. Itineraries include a route map, photography, and planning information such as how to get there, where to stay, what to do, and the best time to visit. There’s also the chance to experience celebrated producers, sample local specialties, and learn about the history of regional dishes. Some of the highlights of this book include Alsace’s Route des Vins, an introduction to the Corsican pantry, delving into Danish pastry in Copenhagen, tasting the seasons in… Read More

Book Club key to surviving the winter blues? Top tips for starting one

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– Lucy Pearson, Bibliotherapist and Scribd Ambassador It’s no secret that I have a love affair with reading. Beyond expanding my mind and helping me relax, one of the things I love most about a great read is discussing a text, whether that’s at the Bondi Literary Salon or with friends.   Clearly I am not alone in this! Book clubs have seen a huge resurgence in the past few years, with everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Kaia Gerber starting their own book clubs.  Attending a regular book club creates a sense of connection with others through a shared love of reading. Recently I’ve seen a lot of book clubs take up ebook subscriptions as a way to keep reading and maintain a human connection during this challenging time. I personally love Scribd, as it has a huge library of local and international content and shares personalised recommendations with me based on my tastes.  For those feeling inspired to start your own book club, and want to be sure it lasts beyond the first cheese board –  here are my my top five tips, from my favourite ebook service, to getting a great conversation flowing with discussion points.  Happy reading!  A compelling read  A book club starts with a great read. Mix it up with fiction and non-fiction, local and international authors. Pick your selections from a diverse range of authors to step outside your comfort zone. This will keep your club engaged, and continually challenged.  Share around the responsibility of selecting a title and think… Read More