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News from Aboriginal Studies Press.

A number of significant new titles have been released, as adoptions of previous Aboriginal Studies Press publications increase.

May saw the release o f Back on The Block: The Bill Simon story (Bill Simon, Des Montgomerie and Jo Tuscano). Launched at the Redfern Community Centre on The Block at Redfern by Therese Rein, the event was a huge success with a capacity crowd on hand. Back on The Block is Bill's firsthand account of his childhood at the notorious Kinchela Boys' Home and his journey back to a fulfilling life helping Stolen Generations people in Redfern. Bill also appeared at the Sydney Writers' Festival to a packed audience, in conversation with John Maynard.

Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a remote Australian town was launched in early July. Author and anthropologist Kimberly Christen presented the book to the Warumungu Traditional Owners at a celebration at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & and Culture Centre at Tennant Creek. A highlight was the Warumungu women's decision to perform a public yawulyu for the first time in some years. Christen's account of the day can be found at her Long Road blog, <www.kimberlychristen. com/>, while Will Owen's blog, Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American eye, <homepage.mac.com! will_owen/iblog/>, is illuminating.

In August, Aboriginal Studies Press organised and hosted an inaugural Cultural-Awareness Training for Editors seminar. Bringing together editors from across Australia, the aim was to create a collegial environment in which freelance copy-editors could increase their knowledge and enhance their skills when working on Indigenous-authored manuscripts, and manuscripts in the area of Australian Indigenous studies.

AIATSIS Research fellow Jessica Weir's Murray River Country: An ecological dialogue with Traditional Owners was launched by Yorta Yorta Elder Monica Morgan and John Doyle at the Melbourne Writers' Festival. This timely and important book has already received wide endorsement, including by Professor Donna Haraway, University of California, Santa Cruz:
 Place, country, and care are at the heart of
 this wise book, which is so astutely responsive
 to the diverse, active Aboriginal individuals
 and nations of the Murray-Darling
 Basin.


Aboriginal Studies Press expects strong media interest and a take-up within universities in a range of disciplines.

Elizabeth Osborne's Throwing Off the Cloak" Reclaiming self-reliance in Torres Strait will be published in October. Osborne focuses on the Torres Strait Islander peoples' evolving struggles for recognition of their unique Indigenous island identities:

This is a passionately written and valuable chronicle of events of great significance to the recent history of Torres Strait and has broader resonances for the future of remote Aboriginal mainland communities (Dr Anna Schnukal, Queensland Museum).

The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia continues to be adopted for use in a wide range of cross-cultural training and educational applications. It was shortlisted in the Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2009. A panel session based on its potential was part of the AIATSIS Conference 2009.

An Appreciation of Difference: WEH Stanner and Aboriginal Australia (Melinda Hinkson and Jeremy Beckett (eds)) has been extensively reviewed, including an essay, 'The Good Soldier', by Inga Clendinnen in April's The Monthly. Yuendumu Everyday: Contemporary life in remote Aboriginal Australia by Yasmine Musharbash has had very widespread media coverage, and has already been adopted for use in some university courses.

Inspection copies of Aboriginal Studies Press titles are available for consideration. Discounts apply for AIATSIS members.
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