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Matt Hickey chronicles the story of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s cultish album Dreamin’ Wild in a wide-ranging 10,000 word essay, Frederick Barthelme revisits his experience as a founding member of psychedelic experimental group Red Krayola, Max Easton examines the current Sydney DIY music scene and explores what this means for the city’s cultural ambitions, Tom Doig recounts his musical experience of Mongolia, Luise Toma reveals that she could’ve been Germany’s next big pop icon, Jon Tjhia critically examines the trade of music criticism with interviews from heaps of experts, Giles Fielke performs a vivisection on the modern music festival, Ian Rogers digs into The Smashing Pumpkins and why Billy Corgan is obsessed with pro-wrestling (he’s started up his own wrestling company!), and newly-knighted Australian National Live Music Coordinator Dr Ianto Ware surveys the health of the music scene in his hometown Adelaide.
There’s fiction by Elizabeth Gaffney, Kent MacCarter, Joe Ponepinto and magical Australian musician Darren Hanlon. We have Australian songstress Angie Hart writing meticulously about her writer’s block, Adolfo Aranjuez has translated a story by Filipino literary luminary Lualhati Bautista, and as always Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny answer your sex questions.
The columns for this issue are also ridiculously excellent: Christine Priestly’s exceptional Work column probes the life of a gastroenterologist, Rhianna Boyle investigates the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon for her Nature column, Briohny Doyle uses Lana Del Rey in her discussion of users and abusers of history in her new Popapocalypse column, Charlotte Callander remembers Wheel of Fortune’s Adriana Xenides and finds out just why a Melbourne band is writing a rock opera about her, Chad Parkhill’s Booze column narrows in on Fernet-Branca, Clementine Bastow unveils her undying love for the music used in the films of Robert Zemeckis, and Zoe Barron goes bike riding in Fremantle pulling a stage and speakers behind her.
World-renowned music critic Chad Parkhill has guest-edited the Middlebrow section: it includes a profile of Aldous Kelly of the Stickmen, and also a feature on eminent band The The by Adam Curley. The Middlebrow regulars also kill it as per usual, with Ellena Savage kind-of-savaging the idea that creative writing can be taught, Gillian Terzis picking apart the economics of digital streaming, Roger Nelson exploring the links between visual art and music in Southeast Asia, Andre Dao pondering what noise even is, Rebecca Harkins-Cross gazing at the film Dogs in Space and its place in musical history, Elliott Logan considers how music works on television programs, Matthew Clayfield uses the theatre (and the music therein) of Simon Stone to wonder what being a theatre critic really means. To are musical recommendations from Elmo Keep, A.H. Cayley, Brady Clarke, Caitlin Welsh, Nikki Lusk, Simon Topper, Daniel Young, and Alex Bennetts.
The comics and artwork for this issue are revolutionarily good: there’s full-page work from Ben Sea, Simon Hanselmann, Blaise Larmee, Ben Juers, Matt Huynh (with Jolie Holland!), Thomas Toye, Leonie Brialey, Sam Wallman, Lunch With Friends, Tahlia Palmer, Tin Can Forest, Jacob Ciocci, Peter Glantz, Becky Stark, as well as illustrations by Amandine Thomas, Matt Bissett-Johnson, Mark Chu, and Alex Mustakov. There’s a photo essay from Fallopian Tunes, there are incidental artworks by Bren Luke, there are stark and sharp Middlebrow illustrations by Korrin Stoney. And Glenn Manders has given us just the best cover artwork.
This million-page edition is masterfully put together by our gifted designer Jordan Dolheguy of Totem Visual — a man who works miracles without even any help from some lazy big guy in the clouds.
As part of the Music Issue, available for Brow readers will be downloadable music bundles from four Australian independent labels: Bedroom Suck Records, New Weird Australia, Fallopian Tunes, and Special Award Records. And as a special once-off listening party extravaganza, we’ve asked thirty-odd writers to put together music mixtapes, which you’ll be able to stream online. These mixtape-makers are: David Shields, Anna Krien, Catherine Lacey, Hannah Kent, Blake Butler, Monica Dux, Astrid Lorange, Tao Lin, Eli Horowitz, Steven Amsterdam, Tom Cho, Ianto Ware, A.H. Cayley, Sam Twyford-Moore, Shaun Prescott, Pip Smith, Estelle Tang, Emmett Stinson, Clem Bastow, Lawrence Leung, Giles Fielke, Melanie Joosten, Alice Gage, Courtney Collins, Sean Whelan, Edwina Preston, Ainslee Meredith, and Chris Womersley. Check our website around launch time to access all of these.
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NO 16 – ‘What Even Is Perth’
Issue 16 of The Lifted Brow (‘What Even Is Perth’) features: Lily Chan on the Perth artist-run initiative Paper Mountain, Martin McKenzie-Murray on the murder of Rebecca Ryle, and Josephine Rowe on the great Dorothy Hewett. Zoe Barron writes about a bike workshop/social program in Perth, Christine Priestly profiles a Rottnest Island guide, Sam Lieblich waxes lyrical about what he labels his ‘sichuan compromise’, and Sarah Gory delves into hers and her family’s history in Perth. Chad Parkhill just won’t stop writing about booze, and our regular Middlebrow writers also get in on the Perth theme: Roger Nelson focuses on the artist Pinaree Sanpitak, Ellena Savage looks at the books of Elizabeth Jolley, film columnist Rebecca Harkins-Cross analyses Red Dog and Wake in Fright, Gillian Terzis tackles Gina Rinehart, Andre Dao finds Perth’s avant-garde music scene, and Michelle Law travels to Perth to become a star. There’s fiction by Elizabeth Tan and Sam Rivers, letters from Luke Ryan, James Quinton and Amber Fresh, recommendations by Andrew Murray, Dom Amarena and Clare Davidson, and Ben and Jenny Law answer sex questions from Perth readers. Featured also is photography from Jackson Eaton and Traianos Pakioufakis, plus we have Perth-themed artwork from Emma Hewitt, Jessica Horrocks, Jessyca Hutchens, Tristan Fidler, Leonie Brialey, Sean Morris, Andrei Buters, Ben Juers and Bailey Sharp. And the intro comment comes from the amazing guest-editor for this issue, ex-pat Perthite Patrick Pittman.
NO 15 — ‘INTERLOPING’
What’s in issue 15? All of this: Nic Low journeys through South Korea and almost North Korea; Jenny Valentish tries out every single new age healing experience she can find; Aden Rolfe dives even deeper into his obsessions with crows and ravens (are crows and ravens even actually different?); Kelly Chandler gets lost in her local mall Shoppo; Sam Rodgers takes an uncomfortable look at racism; and Nick Marland goes to see his hero Woody Allen play clarinet in New York City and accidentally trips him over. There’s excellent fiction from Laura Jean McKay, Peta Murphy, Gabe Durham, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, and Peter Polites. Christine Priestly has penned what could be her best Work interview yet: on Pia Interlandi, funeral celebrant and dresser of the dead. Our regulars are back too: Rhianna Boyle on Nature, Chad Parkhill on Booze, and Luise Toma writing once more, this time about her pregnancy. We have heaps of newcomers as well, like Nina Gibb who starts her Psychobabble column, and Melbourne musician Giles Simon Fielke tries to find out just what is up with small record label Albert’s Basement. Tim McGuire, Lauren Kate Stanley and Ben Merriman let us look inside their minds and man it’s gnarly in there; Samuel Rutter translates fiction from Chilean author Carlos Labbé; and James Mcculloch gives us two recipe ideas for that most sexy/slurpy of fruits, the mango. Then of course there’s our Middlebrow section, packed with killer writing about the arts. David Donaldson profiles Brett Whiteley; film columnist Rebecca Harkins-Cross looks at the depiction of prostitution in Australian cinema; André Dao is obsessed with loops in music and in his own life; Roger Nelson reports once more on the art happenings in Cambodia; Ellena Savage ponders on whether spoilers in books add or take away from the enjoyment; Gillian Terzis applies her business acumen to employment and unemployment; and Michelle Law argues her case for the TV series Survivor. There are poems by Samantha Hogg; lists by Patrick Lenton, Alexander Bennetts, Karma Chahine and Jennifer Mills; sex advice from Ben and Jenny Law; a hair-centric letter to the editor from Maree Reedman, startling illustrations from Lily Mae Martin, front cover artwork from Daniel Guerrero Fernández, a centrefold lift-out by David Brun, and wonderful full-page comics from Ben Sea, Blaise Larmee, Noel Freibert, Tin Can Forest, Simon Hanselmann, Ben Juers and Bailey Sharp. Also illustrations by Seb Ratcliffe, Matt Bissett-Johnson, LK James, Kathryn Renowden, Sab Meynert, and Ushan Boyd.
NO 14 — THE COMEBACK ISSUE
Jonny Negron, Sofija Stefanovic, Rhianna Boyle, Chad Parkhill, Anna Barnes, Greg Halford, Christine Priestly, Vijay Khurana, Ben Merriman, Luise Toma, Benjamin Law, James Mcculloch, Emma Hewitt, Avan Judd Stallard, Rory Kennett-Lister, Dolan Morgan, Ryan O’Neill, Andre Dao, Cassandra Atherton, Ellena Savage, Pip Smith, Roger Nelson, Michelle Law, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Ben Juers, Eddie Campbell, Blaise Larmee, Noel Freibert, Renee French, Ben Sea, Mark Connery, Harry Saddler, Aaron Billings, Ruth O’Leary, Matt Hyunh, Lim Sokchanlina, Ronnie Scott, Caro Cooper, Sam Twyford-Moore, Amaryllis Gacioppo, Nikki Lusk, Bethanie Blanchard, Aden Rolfe, Jo Case, Estelle Tang, Amanda D’Costa, Yoshua Wakeham, Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Justin Heazlewood, Julie Koh, Michaela McGuire, Liam Pieper, Lisa Dempster, Maddy Martinello, Angela Meyer, Lorelei Vashti, Fiona Wright, Luke Ryan, Ruby Murray, Sam Rodgers, Michael Green, Patrick Pittman, Chris Flynn, Madeleine Crofts, Sam Cooney, Rachel Baxendale, David Donaldson, Connor Tomas O’Brien, Patrick Kelly, Jessica Cove, Dan Hoffman, and Anna Krien.
Mark Warren Jacques, Lou Sanz, Alice Pung, Rhianna Boyle, Patrick Clelland, Luise Toma, Ben Merriman, a Dominatrix, Vijay Khurana, James Mcculloch, Emma Hewitt, Lucas Smith, Sean Casey, Caren Beilin, Scott Pearse, Eddie Campbell, Ben Juers, Mark Connery, Renee French, Ben Sea, Blaise Larmee, Noel Freibert, Mandy Ord, Mark Dapin, Jenny Valentish, Ellena Savage, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Pip Smith, Michelle Law, Andre Dao, Matt LeMay, Sarah Laing, Zora Sanders, Ouyang Yu, Seripop, Max Blackmore, Nic Tammens, Roger Wilkie, Tim McGuire, Mara Coson, Stuart Glover, Amy Bergen, Benjamin Law, Jenny Law.
NO 12 - the Food issue
Our 2011 Food Issue: From Hungry Jacks to Noma. Lilli Carre, Sam Cooney, Anna Barnes, Ben Merriman, Alice Pung, Environmental Consultancy, Luise Toma, James Mcculloch, Emma Hewitt, Blaise Larmee, Ben Juers, Eddie Campbell, Mark Connery, Renee French, Mamasita’s Jason Jones, Liam Pieper, Jez Burrows, Michelle Law, Sophie Langley, Chad Parkhill, Romy Ash, Colin Trechter, Luke B. Goebel, Adam Moorad, Rajiv Thind, Roxane Gay, Ben Sea, Dash Shaw, Noel Freibert, Mandy Ord, Tom Cowie, Sam Martin, Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Zoe Barron, Brothers with Excellent Grammar, Karolina Sulich, Thomas Benjamin Guerney, Michael DeForge, Michael P Fikaris, Dave Drayton, Corey Green, Bryan Whalen, Michaela McGuire, Pete Garrow, Lia Steele, Lorelei Vashti.
Matthew Thurber, Tom Ballard, Andrew Leland, Betony Dircks, NEST Architects, Lane Milburn, Caro Cooper, Eric Yoshiaki Dando, Tom Cho, Sean Kilpatrick, Spencer Krug, Rebecca Giggs, Luise Toma, Alice Pung, Leesa Wockner, Investment Banking, Anna Barnes, Eddie Campbell, Mark Connery, Sarah Howell, Ben Sea, Blaise Larmee, Noel Freibert, Mandy Ord, Liam Pieper, Jez Burrows, Michelle Law, Natalie van den Dungen and Gareth Liddiard, Hip Hop Crossword, James Mcculloch, Emma Hewitt, Ruby Murray, Emmett Stinson, Anna Krien, Estelle Tang, Matt LeMay, CF.
Natalya Hughes, Ben Sea, Ben Jenkins, Patrick Clelland, Anna Barnes, Leesa Wockner, Migration Support Program Casework, Alice Pung, Aaron Gilbreath, James Mcculloch [in action; recipe correction], Emma Hewitt, Frank Boyce, Ryan Shea, Patrick Hunt, Jack Madin, Elspeth Muir, Joe Aguilar, Spencer Krug, Eddie Campbell, Pat Grant, Mark Connery, Lisa Hanawalt, Mandy Ord, Noel Freibert, Blaise Larmee, John Safran, Vijay Khurana, Tom Doig, Jez Burrows, Michelle Law, Matthew Salesses, Lee May, Lane Milburn, Kids in Cloaks, Mike Meginnis, Sean T Collins, Louise Swinn.
NO 9 – the DFW issue
Cody Hoyt, Luke Ryan, Mark Chu, Sam Cooney, Chris Currie, Blake Butler, Alice Pung, Leesa Wockner, Patrick Clelland, Microbiology, Anna Barnes, Noel Freibert, Eddie Campbell, Ben Sea, Mandy Ord, Benjamin Marra, James Mcculloch, Spencer Krug, Chris Somerville at the Gold Coast Military Museum, Anna Krien, Jess McGuire, Megan Washington, Elizabeth MacFarlane, Ryan Boudinot, Brandon Hobson, Phil Estes, Matthew Dexter, Lane Milburn, Liberty Browne, and Emma Hewitt.
Jez Burrows, Eddie Campbell, Ben Constantine, Michael P Fikaris, Noel Freibert, Helen Garner, Howell Golson, Lisa Hanawalt, Michelle Law, Andrew Leland, Tao Lin, James Mcculloch, Lane Milburn, Nick Modrzewski, Liam Pieper, Alice Pung, Ron Rege Jr, Ronnie Scott, Asher Treleaven, Lorelei Vashti, Bryan Whalen, Leesa Wockner.
Blake Butler, Diane Williams, Diane Williams, Rob Shearman, Nick Modrzewski, Michaela McGuire, Phil Estes, Arthur S Halsey Jr, Bryce Wolfgang Joiner, Matt Bell, Bryan Whalen, Kate Cantrell, Tim McGuire, Ryan Call, Shane Jesse Christmass, Blake Kimzey, Jimmy Chen, Kate McIntyre, Dan Moreau, Brian Evenson, Dan Piepenbring, Frank Moorhouse, Johannes Jakob, Chris Somerville, Chris Currie, Dolan Morgan, AS Patric, Kim Chinquee, Leesa Wockner, Mike Meginnis, AE Reiff, Paul Murdock, Thuy Linh Nguyen, Zachary German, Krissy Kneen, Joel Van Noord, Gabe Durham, David Finig, Jensen Beach, Sam Pink, Matt Furie, Howell Golson, Alexi Keywan, Gabrielle Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Lisa Brown, Bernard Caleo, Eirian Chapman, Josh Cotter, Jo Dery, Phil Elverum, Michael P Fikaris, Lisa Hanawalt, John Hankiewicz, Sarah Howell, Lee May, Scot Nobles, Woodley Nye, Ron Rege Jr, Seripop, Mel Stringer, Jo Waite, Kirsten Reed, and C.F.
NO 6 – the Atlas issue
This one was an atlas of the world, newly observed by Laura Jean McKay, Caren Beilin, Benjamin Law, Aleks Sennwald, Jo Dery, Ben Kehoe, Nathan Abels, Chris Eaton, Mandy Ord, Keith Zulawnik, Reif Larsen, Marlyn MacDonald, Dylan Horrocks, S.britt, Darren Hanlon, Douglas Coupland, Paula Bomer, Ian Dingman, Trinie Dalton, Aaron Sewards, Ryan O’Neill, Gordon Wiebe, Marc Andreottola, Shane Culloty, n a bourke, Tex Kerschen, Adam Hancher, Chris East, Angela Meyer, Robert Samuel Hanson, Ben Greenman, Jincy Willett, Leesa Wockner, Dawn Raffel, 1911, Ruby Murray, David Horvitz, Jez Burrows, Caroline Gaedechens, Josephine Rowe, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, Gabe Durham, Christine Schutt, Andrew Holder, Justin Rice, Meg Hunt, Arthur Bond, Mike Shea, Jason Bitner, Josie Morway, Tom Doig, Clancy Martin and Deb Olin Unferth, Brian Evenson, Elizabeth Crane, Amber Dermont, Shawn Vestal, Alec Thibodeau, Jamie Iredell, Chris Somerville, Benjamin Kunkel, Luke Ramsey and Jonathan Ryan Storm, Ariella Van Luyn, Nick Bredie, Francis Plagne, Matt Salesses, Steve Donoghue, Keith Greiman, Alasdair Maclean, Sasha Barr, Seripop, Katy Horan, Michelle Law, Fiona Wright, Kit Malo, Austin Kleon, Cole Gerst, Chris Currie, Kelly Lynn Jones, Rachel Haley Himmelheber, Christos Tsiolkas, Tessalia Simur, Daphne Beal, Caro Cooper, Pat Grant, Kari Gislason, Nic Low, Karl Smith, Daniel Hogan, Mike Taylor, Lizzy Stewart, Tom Neely, Kevin Brockmeier, Sean Casey, Hillery Hugg, Krissy Kneen, Lorelei Vashti, Josh Jones, Drew Beckmeyer, Adam Golaski, Jon Burgerman, Victor Kerlow, Howell Golson, CW Roelle, Manuel Gonzales, Luise Toma, Michelle Blade, Kim Chinquee, Gregory Euclide, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Benjamin Guerney’s Flabbergastic Travelling Troupe of Limericists, Shooting Spires, Ganache, Time for Dreams, Fulton Lights, Diamonds, The E.L.F., tUnE-YaRdS, Yeo and the Fresh Goods, Hannah Marcus and Rick Moody, Attics + Cellars, Matt LeMay, David Heatley, Fair Maiden, Audrey Pic, Guy Blackman w/ My Pal Foot Foot, No Kids, Fewn, Prairie Cat, Because of Ghosts, BigStrongBrute, Bodies of Water, The Ruined Map, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Little Wings, Gifthorse, Clue to Kalo, Kleenex Girl Wonder ft. 1st Dude, Aidan Moffat, Still Flyin, NewVillager, Windy Weber, The Cannanes, Artbreak, Ravens & Chimes, Talkshow Boy, Jumbling Towers, Bobby Birdman, Indian Jewelry, Michael Hearst, Francis Plagne, Wax+Wire, and Culture Reject.
Bryce Wolfgang Joiner, Robert Shearman, Laura E. Goodin, n a bourke, Matthew Lanzdorf, Andrew Kertesz, Justin Taylor, Jennifer L. Knox, Joe Wenderoth, Ellen Kennedy, Tony Birch, Scarlett Thomas, Caren Beilin, Angela Slatter, Darlin’ Neal, Blake Butler, Glen David Gold, Leesa Wockner, Chris Currie, Tim O’Neil, Michael Hearst, Tom Bissell, Renee French, James Gurney, Maude Farrugia, Mandy Ord, Chris East, Thomas Benjamin Guerney, Tao Lin, James Caroline, Benj Vardigan, Julian Hobba, Antonia Strakosch, Jacob Edwards, and Krissy Kneen.
NO 4 – the Fake Bookshelf issue
Daria Tessler, Sheila Heti, Tom Lombardi, Karen Russell, Jennifer L. Knox, Paul La Farge, Alexander MacBride, Benjamin Law, Christopher Currie, Alex Holden, Joanna Howard, Ben Greenman, Hannah Pittard, Eric Hanson, Aaron Gwyn, Adam Thirlwell, Sara Varon, Beena Kamlani, Joe Meno, Josephine Rowe, Ryan Boudinot, John McNally, Robert Olen Butler, Jeffrey Brown, Christian TeBordo, Adam Levin, Anna Krien, W. Andrew Ewell, Sarah Manguso, Matthew Thurber, Sarah Moor, Kevin Moffett, Yannick Murphy, Clancy Martin & Deb Olin Unferth, Adam Golaski, Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown, Carey Mercer & Sydney Vermont, Jordan Himelfarb & Joel Taylor, Sean Casey, Manuel Gonzales, John Cotter, Jim Shepard, Chris Eaton, Caren Beilin, John Hankiewicz, Sam Lipsyte, James P. Othmer, Terry Wright, Brendan Connell, Chris Flynn, Jess Walter, Heidi Julavits, Thomas Benjamin Guerney, Aaron Renier, Brian Evenson, Spencer Krug, Robert Scrivini, Beth Murphy, Samantha Hunt, Arthur Bradford, Tao Lin, Chris Bachelder, Salvador Plascencia, Lee Henderson, Jonathan Meiburg, Rick Moody, Sean Michaels, The Cay, Haunted House, Fewn, The Panda Band, Aleks and the Ramps, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, No Kids, Hannah Marcus, I’m Not Jim, Telefauna, Windmill, The Lucksmiths, Neil Gaiman, Get Him Eat Him, Robbers on High Street, Butterfly Transformation Service, Pikelet, Dan Deacon, Erik Hecht, Thee More Shallows, Goblin Cock, Bachelorette, Sleeping States, The Himalayan Bear, The Walking Hellos, Rock Plaza Central, Arms, The Whiskers, Spiral Stairs, Faux Pas, Michael Hearst, Claudia Gonson, Sly Hats, Carolyn Mark and Her Enablers, Frightened Rabbit, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, Home Blitz, Adam and the Amethysts, The Wrens, and The Capstan Shafts.
James Mcculloch, Phoebe Sylvia Goulter, Penelope Brimwell, Richard MacFarlane, Black Dice, Soft Tigers, Kevin Drew, Anna Krien, n a bourke, Daniel Jenkins, Chris Currie, Angela Slatter, Andrew Crockett, Eric Hanson, Mel Stringer, Ben Constantine.
Andrew Crockett, Sarah Grey, Tao Lin, Alasdair Duncan, Ronnie Scott, Chris Somerville, Chad Parkhill, Matthew Lamb, Jarryd Luke, Dean Bakopoulos, Chris Currie, Nina Riddel, Jane York, Amy Thomas, Jessa Crispin, Cristian Stromblad, Luise Toma, Michaela McGuire, Liberty Browne, Chloe Emerson, Ben Spencer, Anthony Coxeter, Peter Minter, Ken Bolton, Thomas Benjamin Guerney, Simian Lines, Ben Constantine and Mel Stringer, Woodley Nye, Ambitious Lovers, BigStrongBrute, Carry Nation, To the North, Shiver Like Timber, Marlinchen, Capital, Kes, Joel Saunders, A Man Called Son, The Night Crash, Genevieve Graves, Shakes, Rialto Decibel Choir, The Tiny Animal.
Anna Pearson, Chris Somerville, Rory Killen, Ben Spencer, Amy Thomas, Cameron Murphy, Jane York, Brooke Burgess, Matt Cruice, Chloe Emerson, Elizabeth Caplice, Ronnie Scott, Eddie Campbell, Geologist from Animal Collective, Naomi Shihab Nye, Grace Nye, Ben Constantine, Mel Stringer, Bad Teeth, Anthony Coxeter, Thomas Benjamin Guerney, Megan Mitchell, Luka, Lachlan Glanville.
ISSUE #FOREVER (ONLINE EXCLUSIVES)
Hamlet Pursues the Black Unicorn by Jonathan Callahan
The Deal by Z.Z. Boone
Pony Boy by Kevin Lavey
The Sad Thing by Oliver Mestitz
Five stories by Sean Kilpatrick, illustrated by Luke Pickett
A Person of Great Feeling and Conscience by Brandon Hobson
Beddy Phil Monash Carnage! by Justin Heazlewood, illustrated by Leigh Rigozzi
The White House Tapes by Annie Christain, illustrated by Rawaan Alkhatib