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Introducing Jess!

[Editor’s note: You guys!  New person!  It is my pleasure to introduce you to Jess D., who will be writing stuff on this here blog. J Dizzle, as her friends don’t call her, has much better credentials for this thing than me.  She studied English Literature at the BEST UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA and is now doing an editing and publishing degree at the same place.  Furthermore, FURTHERMORE, she also worked as Senior Text Buyer at the Melbourne University Bookshop (you guys did you know it’s the best university in Australia?) before that place was privatised, and hopefully she’ll be doing that again soon when they hire some staff!  Look, what I’m saying is we’re happy to have her and read the words that she writes with her hands (presumably). xoxo Steven]

Hello Hello.

I, Jessica, former employee of rival bookstore, Melbourne University Bookshop (RIP), will be a guest blogger on this delightful store’s blog.


Thank-you Steven H. for addressing this issue already.

My first real blog, beyond this one, will be a delightful debate starter.

Which is better literary buffs, the Pulitzer Fiction prize (RIP) or the Booker fiction prize?

I was schooled on this matter a number of years ago by a colleague who claimed every fiction book he’d ever read that was either a winner of the Big P, or a Long/Short list entrant was immediately added to his own personal favourites list. The same, could not be said for the Booker.

So my quest for this blog begins today:

I am currently reading Julian Barnes’ The Sense of Ending, and will compare my reading enjoyment with A Visit From the Goon Squad to indeed inform readers whether the Pulitzers’ Fiction prize disappearance will severely affect our reading pleasure or not.

Stay tuned and goodnight.


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Guest Chatz on Sat(urday)

Fay: Hello Jess!

Jess: helloo Fay!

Jess: what’s new up your end of the world?

Fay: Do you mean this end of the desk? Not much, it smells like pesto because I just had lunch.

Fay: Would you like to introduce yourself to our dear readers?

Jess: I would love to Fay. My name is Jess, and I am currently a student at the King David School. And apart from loving books, that is the extent of my life at the moment. Boring, I know!

Fay: Nice.

Fay: Everyone, that took her like ten minutes

Fay: So Jess and I were both at the Elliot Perlman event the other night and we got talking about author talks.

Fay: Actually no wait, we’ll start how we always start.

Fay: What are you reading at the moment?

Jess: How appropriate that you mention Elliot Perlman Fay, because I am currently reading his newest novel, The Street Sweeper. How long did that take me Fay?

Fay: And how are you enjoying it, young Jess?

Jess: Well, so far so good. I like how he has interwoven the Holocaust with the Civil Rights movement in America, two subjects that do interest me. So I’m definitely looking forward to going home and reading some more!

Fay: I am not going to talk about 1Q84

Fay: but I am almost finished! and then I am looking forward to reading something short

Fay: like a pamphlet

Fay: or an email.

Fay: SO back to Elliot event, good night right?

Jess: sure was, he was a great speaker. Bu the highlight for me was definitely the tea and cakes at the end. I’m not going to lie, I was eyeing that table for quite some time…

Fay: Mmm kosher cookies!

Fay: Yeah Elliot’s a pretty great speaker, comes from being a barrister maybe?

Fay: And he sure is easy on the old eyes

Fay: Not like he’s attractive to old people

Fay: Like

Fay: He’s handsome, and I’m bad at expressing myself

Jess: wow fay, thanks for clearing that up for us, because to be entirely honest I wasn’t really sure where you were going with that….

Fay: He probably is also attractive to old people?

Jess: maybe we should move on?

Fay: Good idea!
Fay: So what other exciting authors have you been to see?

Jess: Most recently I have been to see Jonathan Safran Foer, courtesy of the Wheeler Centre. He was AMAZING! A nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn…

Jess: I bet his yiddishe grandma is so proud of him!

Fay: Nah, he should probably quit that writing nonsense and be a doctor or lawyer

Jess: Well for my sake I’d hope not! He spoke very eloquently. And he sure is easy on the old eyes! (See what I did there Fay?).

Fay: Shut up!

Fay: is he actually though?

Jess: In a nice Jewish boy kind of way, I suppose. But back to his books!

Fay: (I googled him, he’s totally easy on the eyes, old and young!)

Jess: it’s lucky that Foer’s great writing translates into great speaking. he talked about his newest book about vegetarians. and that’s about the extent to which I can tell you about that part of the event.

Jess: but more interestingly however, he gave us a great background to his previous novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I highly recommend them! He writes beautifully and his characters are often quirky and clever.

Jess: What about you?

Fay: I’ve actually been let down by authors before.

Fay: One of my favourite children’s authors is Odo Hirsch and I got to hear him speak once. He was really nice, but he was very introspective and quiet

Fay: Which is actually what I love about his stories, but it doesn’t make for great speaking

Fay: luckily it wa a tiny event so we could all sit really close

Jess: I also saw Amos Oz last year! He was awesome. I’m sure he is also easy on the old eyes (cos he’s old)!

Fay: Touche!

Fay: I have also seen….. pretty much no one

Fay: I guess we should go see more people!

Fay: Oh actually I’ve heard Archimede Fusillo speak twice. He’s a young adult author and he’s really fun and lively and chatty

Jess: Archimedes ey? like the dude he sat in the bath and the water went everywhere?

Fay: The very same guy! He was not only a mathematician and physicist but he also wrote a series of popular teen fiction novels!

Fay: And on that note, I think we’ve run out things to say

Fay: Thanks for reading, readers! Catch you next Sat(urday)

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