“The full heat of the ripening season was upon us like a millstone, crushing the juice out of everyone.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the acronym that makes your mouth feel full of marbles — lgbtqi (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — queer/questioning, intersex) — disappeared; if rainbows took back their real meaning; the word gay once again meant bright and happy; pride referred to a group of lions or to deep pleasure and satisfaction; you stepped outdoors if coming out; people could marry whoever they wanted, and same-sex marriage no longer deflected media attention from important issues.

 

There was once a celebrated Society for Dead Poets. In my opinion, many authors who have died in the past 12 months should also be celebrated. So here goes.

This month Bookworm’s Truong looks at books that focus on dogs

This month Bookworm’s Truong looks at work that focuses on the family and family relationships

Recently I read some interesting online discussions about being male and claiming feminist credentials. After a lot of argy-bargying between feminist philosophers and theorists, Professor Benjamin Jones from the University of Western Sydney helped my masculine dilemma with some salient advice.

Because it’s that time of the year when a lot of minds become gift-focused, we’d like to present a few items from the print trade that may hit the mark.

November is often celebrated by men who are able to grow swathes of facial hair between lip and nose as Movember. At Bookworm, where a few of our staff are facially hirsute, we will use the month to celebrate female writers who have won, or who deserve to win, literature’s highest award.

This month we asked a long-time customer to collate a few literary insights for us to use in this column. He’s now involved with the humanitarian aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières and this year kept us abreast of post-earthquake traumas in Nepal. He is now posting us news of refugee tribulations in the Middle East.

This month Truong at Bookworm takes on that age-old issue of the birds and the bees. Here are some books to help you give your kids that education that they so desperately need

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