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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 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 

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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