Liner Notes: Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy plays guitar in Northcote this weekend in a spoken word tribute show called Liner Notes as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. This year’s line up (including Emilie Zoey Baker, Yana Alana, Deborah Conway, First Dog on the Moon, TimFlannery, Benjamin Law, Omar Musa, Michael Nolan, Alicia Sometimes & Sean M Whelan) will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust (an album that takes me back only about 18 years actually, to Oegstgeest, The Netherlands and a lot of earnest young singing -eek!).

Liner Notes is in its seventh year and has previously featured Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Madonna’s Like A Virgin and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Tickets cost $25 dollars, the Regal seems the perfect venue for such a extravaganza…so get your sparkles on!

PS. Should you buy a  winning raffle ticket at the event you could just be lucky enough to win a $100 Brown & Bunting voucher…take you protein pills and put your helmet on!


What are we reading??? Travis is currently reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, he just finished reading Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin and plans to read Badenheim 1939 by Aharon Appelfield next. I (Benita) am currently reading Capital by John Lanchester, I just finished My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru and plan to read The Siege by Ismail Kadare or possibly The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid or maybe…

Image via Carson McCullers Society

Carson McCullers timeline

The Jockey by Carson McCullers

Bookslut on Carson McCullers

Indigenous Literacy Day

Wednesday the 5th September is Indigenous Literacy Day and we will be donating 20% of our takings to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Pop by to spend your book budget a better way this month, and/or contribute directly by adding to the collection tin in our shop!

The ILF is an Australian Book Industry initiative that works to raise awareness of literacy issues within the Australian community and to raise funds to equip Indigenous Australians living in remote communities with books and the support they need to become literate. Brown & Bunting donated books to the Northcote Library as part of a book swap event last year, but decided to extend our involvement this fundraising day as we feel this is such an important issue. The ILF aims to raise literacy levels and thus improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians. So pop in, buy a book and make a difference.

Rare Book Week



Reading: Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Just Read: Red Queen by Honey Brown

To-Read: Mr Bloodmoney or How We Got Along After the Bomb by P.K.D.


Reading: Open City by Teju Cole

Just Read: The Magician by Somerset Maugham (I agree!)

To-Read: The Messenger by Yannick Haenel



Illustration via The New Yorker read the review.