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The Open Book Podcast

Listen in with the team at Greater Dandenong Libraries as they discuss and review books, promote and highlight local events, and have lively conversations about the library behind-the-scenes.

Every month, Greater Dandenong Libraries releases a new episode of The Open Book. Episodes run for about 40-50 minutes and are hosted on SoundCloud. You can also find The Open Book podcast on Spotify, Apple Music, and more. Books mentioned in the podcast are linked in the show notes to the library catalogue, so you can find them easily while listening.

The content is suitable for a young adult and adult audience. See below for each episode's show notes.

If you enjoy the podcast, also try the library's blog: Read and Relax Blog

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Episode Thirteen Show Notes

Main title discussed

Meet Me at the Intersection edited by Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina

Interview with Brendan Murray

The School : the Ups and Downs of One year in the Classroom by Brendan Murray

The Drowned Man by Brendan Murray (Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime 2017)

Venom: the heroic search for Australia's deadliest snake by Brendan Murray

Silence: the Bleaching of History (Article from The Griffith Review)

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Short Stories by Alice Munro

Short Stories by Peter Carey

Reviews

Girl, Trans-cending by A.J. Clementine

The Forest of Wool and Steel by Natsu Miyashita

Favourite Books growing up

Round the Twist (books and dvd series) by Paul Jennings

Are you there God, it's me Margaret by Judy Blume

Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Baby-sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Animorphs (series) by Katherine Applegate

PJ and Trent's Summer Reading Recommendations

PJ

The Bad Guys series – Aaron Blabey
Bum Trilogy – Andy Griffiths
Folk Tales - Collections

Pax: Journey Home - Sara Pennypacker

Science Experiment Books

Science in a Jar – Julia Garstecki
Super Science Experiments:Outdoor Fun – Elizabeth Snoke Harris

More Hands-on Science: 50 kids activities from CSIRO – Various authors

Trent
The Baby-sitters Club series - Ann M. Martin
Our Australian Girl series - Various authors
Bone  - Jeff Smith
Ranger’s Apprentice series - John Flanagan
Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events
Amazing Magic Tricks – Chris Stone

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth – Oliver Jeffers

Treasure Hunt House - Kate Davies

General Resources

Join in the BIG Summer Read 

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list

BookMatch

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Find reading resources including new title lists on the Find My Next Read page.

Episode Twelve Show Notes

Main title discussed

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Readings by Omar Sakr

'How to sleep'  and 'Citizen of '

from his works:

The Lost Arabs 

These Wild Houses

Interview with Lisa Burke

WAYSS : Homelessness and domestic violence support in South East Melbourne

The Orange Door : Support for families

Greater Dandenong links to Family Violence Support Services 

Reviews

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (DVD and Kanopy streaming movie)

In My Blood it Runs (Kanopy streaming movie)

Resource list for Gender Equality and Equity and Family and Intimate Partner Violence

A Mother’s Story – Rosie Batty 

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Mary Wollstonecraft 

Crash override : How Gamergate (nearly) destroyed my life, and how we can win the fight against online hate - Zoe Quinn 

Faith in freedom: Muslim Immigrant Women's Experiences of Domestic Violence - Nafiseh Ghafournia 

Fixed it : Violence and the Representation of Women in the Media - Jane Gilmore 

Fury: Women Write about Sex, Power and Violence - Samantha Trenoweth 

Goodbye Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival - Kelly Sundberg 

Her Say: Survivors of Domestic Abuse Tell Their Own Stories - Jackie Clark 

In Control: Dangerous Relationships and How They End in Murder - Jane Monckton-Smith  

In the Dream House – Carmen Maria Machado 

Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism – Laura Bates 

My Father, the Murderer: A Reckoning with the Past – Nina Young and Denise Young 

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture – Roxane Gay  

See What You Made Me Do – Jess Hill 

The Mother Wound – Amani Haydar 

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls – Mona Eltahawy 

The Witches are Coming – Lindy West  

Thick – Tressie McMillan Cottom 

Troll Hunting - Ginger Gorman  

Why Women are Poorer Than Men and What We Can Do About It – Annabelle Williams 

Fiction 

A Woman is No Man – Etaf Rum 

The Orchardist’s Daughter – Karen Viggers 

When I Hit You – Meena Kandasamy 

The Power – Naomi Alderman  

The Natural Way of Things – Charlotte Wood  

Young Adult 

Magpie – Eve Ainsworth 

Grown – Tiffany D. Jackson  

Kanopy – Documentaries  

Hitting Home - A Critical Look into the Domestic Abuse Cycle  

Hummingbird: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence in Brazil  

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry 

Brazen Hussies

GTFO: Get the F**k Out 

Informit – Explore academic articles and journals free with your library card  (Access Informit with your Library Membership)

Ensuring Access to Justice for Women Experiencing Family Violence Beyond the Pandemic  

‘The Devil is in the Level’: Understanding Inequality in Australia’s Film, TV and Radio Industries  

Silenced Mothers: Exploring Definitions of Adolescent to Parent Violence and Implications for Practice 

The Criminalisation of Coercive Control: The Power of Law 

Podcasts and Radio Shows  

The Gender Card - podcast by Griffith University’s Gender Equality Research Network 

Women on the Line - 3CR Local radio show covering women’s issues from around the world 

Bodies podcast– Season 2 Episode 5: Invisible Impact - Stacie escaped her abusive partner. But eight years later, her inner world was still in disarray. Why wasn’t she better? And why did it take her so long to leave?   

Reading Women podcast – Interview with Meena Kandasamy 

Other Resources:  

The Conversation – Articles on family violence  

See What You Made Me Do – SBS on Demand - Available in Hindi, Arabic, Korean, Punjabi, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese 

General Resources

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list. 

BookMatch

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Find reading resources including new title lists and links to new and emerging authors on the Find My Next Read page.

Register to join our monthly Online Bookclub -The DandEreaders

Episode Eleven Show Notes

Main title discussed

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Interview with Diversity and Literacy Librarian 

Fa Yi Qin Ming series by Qin Ming 

Wo Zai Jiao Luo Hao An Xin by Yuri Yokomizu

Go to the OverDrive Chinese Reading Room

BookMatch - Climate Change and Environment

The Breeding Season by Amanda Niehaus 

Ghost Species by James Bradley

The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy

Into the Woods: Trees in Photography by Martin Barnes

 Animals Make Us Human edited by Leah Kaminsky & Meg Keneally

Reviews

Laurinda by Alice Pung

Nobody (DVD)

General Resources

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list. 

BookMatch

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Find reading resources including new title lists and links to new and emerging authors on the Find My Next Read page.

Register to join our monthly Online Bookclub -The DandEreaders

Episode Ten Show Notes

Main title discussed

Disoriental by Negar Djavadi

Interview with Community Engagement Officer - Heritage

City of Opportunity: the making of the City of Greater Dandenong by Martin Curtis

View the History and Cultural Heritage Page

View the Digital Archive and the Graham Southam Collection

BookMatch 

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The Beijing Bureau by Trevor Watson

I know I am rude: Prince Philip’s Life in his own words  by Nigel Cawthorne

Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

Reviews

The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

Becoming by Michele Obama

General Resources

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list. 

BookMatch

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Find reading resources including new title lists and links to new and emerging authors on the Find My Next Read page.

Register to join our monthly Online Bookclub -The DandEreaders

Episode Nine Show Notes

Main title discussed

Suspiria (DVD) based on the book by Dario Argento

Also available on Kanopy

Reviews

Spark Joy: an Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying by Marie Kondo

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan 

BookMatch Recommendations - for someone who likes crime stories

The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing by Sonia Faleiro  

The Bombay Prince by Sujata Massey 

Light Seekers by Femi Kayode 

The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka 

Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu  

Also mentioned

Out by Natsuo Kirino and Goodreads review

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien 

Beautiful Thing: Portrait of a Bombay Bar Dancer by Sonia Faleiro - Also published with the subtitle: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars 

The Girl by Sonia Faleiro 

South Asia Speaks 

Deca

Artists for India 

General Resources

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list 

BookMatch

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Check out Greater Dandenong Libraries events as part of Melbourne Writers Festival

Find reading resources including new title lists and links to new and emerging authors on the Find My Next Read page.

Register to join our monthly Online Bookclub - The DandEreaders

Episode Eight Show Notes

Main title discussed

Borderlanders - Gillian Polack

Reviews

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

The Mothers - Genevieve Gannon

BookMatch recommendations 

Disoriental by Negar Djavadi

Interview with Negar Djavadi on Lithub

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi 

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi 

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi 

Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi 

Fairest: A Memoir by Meredith Talusan 

Lambda Literary

Them.us

She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya 

God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya 

Even this Page is White by Vivek Shraya 

A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

The Low Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado

General Resources

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list 

BookMatch

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Find reading resources including new title lists and links to new and emerging authors on the Find My Next Read page.

Register to join our monthly Online Bookclub - The DandEreaders

Episode Seven Show Notes

Main title discussed 

Born Into This - Adam Thompson 

Also mentioned

Smart Ovens for Lonely People - Elizabeth Tan

A Constant Hum - Alice Bishop

Kim Jiyoung - Born 1982 - Cho Nam-Joo

How to Endo : a Guide to Surviving and Thriving with Endometriosis - Bridget Hustwaite

Reviews

The Family Law by Benjamin Law

Babyteeth (DVD)

Interview with Jesse Oliver

Invisible Boys - Holden Sheppard

Antipoet - Allan Boyd ( Website)

Emerging Writers Festival

Emerging Writers Festival at Greater Dandenong Libraries

Emerging Writers Festival Website

Online Bookclub

Register to join our monthly Online Bookclub - The DandEreaders

General Resources

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list 

BookMatch

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Find reading resources including new title lists and links to new and emerging authors on the Find My Next Read page.

Episode Six Show Notes

Main title discussed

The Yield - Tara June Winch 

Interview with Leah Jing McIntosh 

Liminal Magazine    Instagram: @Liminalmag 

Collisions : Fictions of the Future : a Liminal anthology - edited by Leah Jing McIntosh

Memorial - Bryan Washington 

Hot Milk - Deborah Levy

Stone Fruit - Lee Lai 

The Committed - Viet Thanh Nguyen     

The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen

Portable Curiosities - Julie Koh 
Smart Ovens for Lonely People - Elizabeth Tan 

 

Reviews

Terra Nullius - Claire G. Coleman

The Book of Delights - Ross Gay

BookMatch recommendations - for someone who likes World Stories (Translated works), Literary Fiction and Horror

Beauty is a Wound – Eka Kurniawan Translated by Annie Tucker 

Man Tiger – Eka Kurniawan 

When I Hit You – Meena Kandasamy 

Review of When I Hit You from The Wire

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line – Deepa Anappara 

Little Eyes - Samanta Schweblin Translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell 

Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin    

Frankenstein in Baghdad - Ahmed Saadawi  Translated by Jonathan Wright 

The Meursault Investigation - Kamel Daoud Translated from French by John Cullen 

The Stranger (Also known as The Outsider) - Albert Camus 

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list 

BookMatch

General Resources

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Find reading resources including new title lists and links to new and emerging authors on the Find My Next Read page.

Episode Five Show Notes

Main titles discussed

The Hidden Girl and other stories by Ken Liu

Invisible Planets: an anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction translated and edited by Ken Liu

Broken Stars translated and edited by Ken Liu

Also mentioned

Flatland : a romance of many dimensions - Edwin A. Abbott

Dark City (1998 Movie)

Inception (DVD)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (DVD)

Arrival by Ted Chiang (Book and DVD)

Electric Dreams - Season one (DVD) - based on the stories of Philip K. Dick 

Love Death and Robots  (Netflix Series) - includes short film 'Good Hunting' by Ken Liu

Spectology (podcast)

Clarkesworld (podcast)

Interview with Warren Loorham

Voice At The Table -  Training and advocacy for people with cognitive disabilities - 'Nothing about us, without us'

VATT Chat Podcast - Top tips for inclusive training

Check out Warren's artworks on Instagram at  Wozart2018

Anatomy for the Artist - Sarah Simblet

Sophie's World: a novel about the history of philosophy - Jostein Gaarder

The consolations of Philosophy - Alain De Botton 

Reviews

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003) directed by Judy Irving - Kanopy streaming movie

The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

Kanopy Streaming Movies

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul 

BabaKiueria (1986) directed by Don Featherstone 

Visit our website to use Kanopy Streaming Movies for free

General Resources

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list 

BookMatch

Find reading resources including new title lists and links to new and emerging authors on the Find My Next Read page.

Episode Four Show Notes

Main title discussed

Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering Elements of Good Cooking - Samin Nosrat

Also mentioned 

Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook - Carla Lalli Music

A Table for Friends - Skye McAlpine

Home Cooking Podcast - Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway

BookMatch recommendations - to a patron that likes Suspense, Fantasy, Adventure, Crime and Mystery

The Unspoken Name - A.K. Larkwood

The Arsonist: A mind on Fire - Chloe Hooper

The Hunting Party - Lucy Foley

The Nowhere Child - Christian White

Talon - Julie Kagawa

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list 

BookMatch

Find reading resources including new title lists and links to new and emerging authors on the Find My Next Read page.

Interview with Children and Youth Services Librarian

A sky beyond the storm- Sabaa Tahir

An ember in the ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Laurinda - Alice Pung

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Rebecca Lim

Melina Marchetta

Looking for Alabrandi - Melina Marchetta

Lumatare Chronicles Series (Fantasy) - Melina Marchetta

Daybreak - Amy McQuire

The Rabbits - John Marsden, illustrated by Shaun Tan 

Hindi Graphic Novels 

Reviews 

Y The Last Man (Adult Graphic Novel Series) - Brian K Vaughan

Mary Shelley (DVD, 2017)

General Resources

For other online services discussed such as eBooks and Audiobooks, and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and services and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

 

Episode Three Show Notes

Main titles discussed

Rat Queens Volume 1 - Sass and Sorcery - Kurtis Wiebe


Rat Queens. Volume two, The far reaching tentacles of N'Rygoth - Kurtis Wiebe

Also mentioned

Garfield - Jim Davis

Archie - Mark Waid

Big Nate - Lincoln Peirce

Xena:Warrior Princess

Barbarella

Dungeons and Dragons

A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

Interview with Shegofa Rahimi  

Hear more about Shegofa’s journey to Australia in this interview with Shegofa for the University of Melbourne’s Graduate Student Association for Refugee Week 2020 

See Shegofa’s artwork and tutorialsVisit Shegofa's Facebook page  

Shegofa Rahimi online art exhibition

Shegofa recommends

Why I write - Saadat Hasan Manto 

Manto (DVD)

Saadat Hasan Manto (Punjabi)

Leonardo da Vinci

Picasso

Vincent Van Gogh

Book Reviews

An American Marriage  - Tayari Jones 

The Complete Guide to Chinese Horoscopes - Weijan Zheng 

BookMatch recommendations

Hitler's Daughter - Jackie French

Pennies for Hitler - Jackie French

Goodbye Mr. Hitler - Jackie French

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne

The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain - John Boyne

Felix and Zelda Series  (Once series) - Morris Gleitzman

Angel Mage - Garth Nix

The Austen Project :

Eligible: a modern retelling of pride and prejudice - Curtis Sittenfeld

Emma - Alexander McCall Smith

Sense and Sensibility - Joanna Trollope

Northanger Abbey - Val McDermid

General Resources

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list 

BookMatch

For other online services discussed such as Overdrive and Kanopy and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

See the latest Library programs and register to attend on the What's on in the Libraries page

Episode Two Show Notes

Episode One Show Notes

Main title discussed

Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid

Discussion with library technician acquisitions

Bill Bryson’s travel memoirs on Borrowbox

Sending a request or donating material to the library

For other online services discussed such as Borrowbox and Kanopy and to download the Libraries Victoria mobile app visit the Digital Library webpage.

Reviews

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
The House in the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune

Book Match recommendations - to a patron that liked thrillers, biography, horror and historical fiction

The Blackbird Season – Kate Moretti
Everywhere I Look – Helen Garner
The Fireman: a Novel – Joe Hill
The Cavendon Luck – Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

Go to BookMatch to get your personalised reading suggestion list 

BookMatch

What else have you been reading?

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Bruny – Heather Rose   (Always available copies from Overdrive)
Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel 
Box Hill: A Story of Low Self Esteem – Adam Mars Jones
Red, White and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston