So last week Thursday, I was invited along to a silent art auction held in aid of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The ILF basically works to get books to Indigenous communities and to close the literacy gap. The auction was to raise funds for their work, and art work was donated by children’s illustrators.
The theme was OWOD (One Word One Day) and basically, artists were given words and had to create artwork in the space of a day. The work was amazing, and sometimes rather ominous as someone donated a wolfman. I wish I’d taken pictures but nope. I did end up bidding on a piece called Cats catching Ladybugs, but as a friend pointed out on the day, they could very well be Pink Panthers Catching Ladybugs, so I’m going to go with that.
I did put some horrendously low bids on artwork that had none, but they were too low and those didn’t get sold. Given I haven’t actually been working these past three weeks, and the one I wanted I got at a good bid, I was happy.
In other news, if you’re not watching the last season of Orphan Black, please go right now and start watching because look where you’re going to see Tatiana Maslany next:
And that’s my plug for an actress that deserves all the franchises ever. Nods.
Now, speaking about awesome (literary in this case) women:
I am adoring books like this. First Only Child and now this one, which is based on a group of women who happen to have been created by experimentation — but we’re talking about Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde, Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein — who all come together to solve a series of murders, and figure out how they came to be. And who else is thrown into the mix? Holmes and Watson of course! Girl power, yes? This sound BLOODY fantastic!
I swear to God I gasped out loud when I found this next book because The Dry is fantastic. Epic. I throw every superlative I can think of talking about The Dry and then I just have to wave my hand and tell people just to go read it. Now imagine me doing exactly that because you know what? BOOK 2 IS COMING.
Aaron Falk is back investigating the disappearance (or death) of a whistleblower in one of his cases: she’s part of a group of five women who go on a bushwalk, and she disappears on it, well before she could give Aaron the documents that would bring down the company that sent her on a team-building exercise that was this bushwalk from hell. Who are the other four women on the walk? Why do they tell a story of suspicion and violence on an event that should be building trust? Guys, Jane Harper. Remember that name. She’s simply brilliant.
And then for something entirely different, have a comic murder mystery:
First up, it’s set in 1985 in Oxford, and of the several blurbs I’ve read about it, one describes is as a comic murder mystery, while others do not, and I have to say, I am hoping somehow that it is indeed a comic murder mystery — not nearly enough of those around don’t you think? So, Ursula Flowerbottom is a country girl who’s come to Oxford not expecting much and finds a dead body. After which, she becomes determined to solve the mystery and get a scoop for the student newspaper. With an American exchange student as her sidekick, she finds herself neck deep in suspects. I am going to say with a name like Flowerbottom, there might be a bit of the comic in this!
Next is an YA fantasy set in 18th century Cairo, which is what sold me on this. Also: cover.
Nahiri is our heroine, a grifter on the streets of 18th Century Cairo and she’s very good at her job. Right up until she accidentally summons a djinn warrior, which is a first for her because she doesn’t believe in magic. Except it’s real and she’s got it. The warrior tells her about a city called Daevabad, the city of brass to which she is bound — and naturally, the blurb doesn’t tell us why. But within the city walls are politics and djinn tribes and Nahiri in the middle of it all. Good right? If the 18th Century Cairo setting doesn’t get you, I hope the fantasy potential does!
And last is a tale of two sisters:
Three years ago the Tanner sisters, Cass and Emma, disappeared, and only Cass returns. She tells a story of an island where they were held, but a forensic psychiatrist, Abby, does not believe her. Which sounds all good and well, until the blurb throws in a mention of a narcissistic parent and that Cass return is really the beginning of the crime. So yes, that last bit elevates the blurb doesn’t it?