featuring transformations of 90s Japanese plastic motorcycles into a slick café racers with an Italian feel, soulless neo-baroque machines into in-your-face scramblers, and comfort-free hardtails …
Much anticipated book for (motor)bike lovers from Die Gestalten Verlag, one of my favourite publishers. Big & glossy - 320 pages, full colour, hardcover.
In the motorcycle scene of 1960s Britain, it was frowned upon to drive a motorcycle as it was produced in a factory. Following in this historical tradition, The Ride focuses on those who are creating customized motorcycles that come as close to one’s own vision of how pure riding should be as possible. For example, the creative young people who are buying old, wrecked bikes on eBay, removing everything but the motor and frame, and then rebuilding them in ways that are as radical and subversively creative as they are knowledgeable and respectful of tradition. Read More
Zoe Taylor is a Professional Writing and Publishing Honours student from Albany and Stroke is her debut poetry collection.
Of the collection, Sean Whelan writes: ”Zoe Taylor’s poetry is a welcome street light on a lonely suburban street. Illuminating those precious moments with an electric stillness, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes fragile and always beautiful. This dazzling young voice is as bright as a hummingbird’s wing. Make yourself comfortable, sit back and watch her unfurl.”
Zoe will have her Perth launch at Crow Books, all welcome.
When: 7pm, Wednesday 23rd October
Dr Joseph Fernandez is a media lecturer at Curtin University. This Tuesday he will launch his new book, Media Law in Australia at Crow Books.
Media Law in Australia discusses an array of laws that impact on the media’s publishing activities, particularly focusing on the more than 500 legal restrictions placed on the flow of information in Australia.
Dr Fernandez was the Chief Editor of a Malaysian daily newspaper for 14 years, and has lectured in Journalism since 1999.
Where: Crow Books, 900 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
When: Tuesday 1st October at 7pm
In-store event Friday, 2nd August …
A book reading with a classical guitar accompaniment.
Join The West Australian’s Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield and Books Editor William Yeoman for an evening of words and music at Crow Books, East Victoria Park on Friday August 2 at 7pm. Their performance of As the Rhythm Runs brings to life the Kimberley landscape and characters of Scourfield’s new novel, As the River Runs, serving as both an extract and explanation of the novel, which follows the course and fortunes of a northern river and the lives it influences. Scourfield has prepared a 3000-word script from the 80,000- word novel, introducing the characters and the country, while classical guitarist Yeoman draws on the classical music of JS Bach, old folk refrains, traditional music and his own improvisations to complement and enhance the story.
Friday 2nd August, 7pm
Wine & finger food provided, all welcome.
Tags:architecture, Photography Books
Anyone who has see Marchand’s book Ruins of Detroit won’t be surprised that the city has filed for bankruptcy. This astonishing book of modern Detroit ruins is published by the great German company Steidl and stands as memorials to 20th Century industrial-capitalism.
Over the past generation Detroit has suffered economically worse than any other of the major American cities and its rampant urban decay is now glaringly apparent during this current recession. Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre documented this disintegration, showcasing structures that were formerly a source of civic pride, and which now stand as monuments to the city’s fall from grace.
Ruins of Detroit has been in demand since it was first published. Now in it’s third edition.
Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple.
Review by Jess
If you’re looking for some fun, light reading with a bit of bite, this is an immensely charming story of a family in crisis amidst the world of wealthy Seattle.
Bernadette is a once-brilliant architect whose mental state has been deteriorating ever since her career went awry 20 years ago. Her gifted daughter Bee is the centre of her world and only friend; while her software visionary husband has morphed into a boring “cyclist” stranger consumed by his work. Constantly at odds with the stuck-up clique of mothers at her daughter’s school, a hilarious sequence of social disasters and the anxiety of an upcoming family trip to Antarctica send Bernadette over the edge and she goes missing, leaving a wake of chaos behind her. The story unfolds in a series of emails and letters sent between the various characters, compiled by Bee in an effort to track down her mother.
Tags:art, Graphic Novels
A guidebook for those wanting a pet Cephalopod (the family that includes squid, cuttlefish, nautilus and octopus)! This beautifully illustrated book goes through step-by-step all you need to know about this exotic pet – particularly the octopus, which is the most popular, well-rounded breed of cephalopod.
Play and training tips, dietary requirements, hygiene, handy uses for your pet …
The highlight of this humorous book are undoubtedly Brian Kesinger’s steampunk-inspired illustrations.
By special guest reviewer Sophia Vinciullo …
Three children – Three books – One prophecy
The Emerald Atlas
In book one of the Books of Beginning we meet Kate, Michael and Emma who are thrown from one orphanage to the next. When they arrive in Cambridge Falls and meet Dr Pym they quickly realise that something strange has been happening. They find a mysterious green book that takes them on a wild and dangerous adventure through time. They face monsters, wizards, dwarves, the master and an over the top nasty countess, before returning to a new and improved present.
Emerald Atlas is a thrilling tale with surprises on every page.
The Fire Chronicle
In book two of the Books of Beginning Kate, Michael and Emma join with Dr Pym to search for the chronicle. Michael takes a dead man’s memories to learn the secrets of this deadly book, while Emma makes friends with a penguin called Derek and Kate gets attacked by Screechers. Along the way they learn that their parents are alive and are running from the dire magnas.
I really could not put Fire Chronicle down. One more book to go – I hope it is just as good.
Book 2 finished on a cliff-hanger!! Where is book 3 Mr Stephens??
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