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Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety
Poe Ballantine

ISBN: 8781921924897
Trade PB 224pp
e-book also available
Publication date: 1 August 2015

'I explained to Tom that dealing with the bully was no different than dealing with the mountain lion. They were both predators looking for easy prey.'

Poe Ballantine visits his dying Grandfather Bing, receives free rent in return for evicting difficult tenants from the Totalitarian Hotel, models nude for budding artists, reconnects with his parents, befriends a lonely Austrian tourist on the Greyhound bus, cooks and gambles in Vegas, falls in love, returns to his wife's homeland of Mexico to baptize his son, and discovers the true meaning of Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety.

In this new collection of essays, Ballantine is at his soulful and penetrating best. At once hilarious and heart wrenching, the author recounts the trajectory of his own journey from reckless adolescence to the responsibilities of parenthood with disarming honesty, always fearlessly confronting those bullies and demons that threaten to blow us all off course.

'Poe Ballantine's writing is the latest testament of the American spirit that fired Muir, Algren and Kerouac, always reaching out for a golden America vanishing beyond the horizon, while hunted out of the backwaters and broken cities that lie along the way. The essays in this volume are songs of experience, of an America few foreigners visit, of death, longing, estrangement and strange joys, wrought with a language both rugged and beautiful. He is one of the finest living American writers, and this is my favourite of his works.'
Patrick Holland, author of Navigatio and The Mary Smokes Boys




Poe Ballantine is the author of the cult classic Things I Like About America and the acclaimed memoir Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, which was made into a documentary and is currently rated 8.0 on IMDB. He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, with his wife, Cristina, his son, Tom, and his notoriously slow dog, Lightnin'.

The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change
Jane Rawson and James Whitmore
Trade PB 320pp
RRP: $29.95
Publication date: 1 September 2015
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Climate change has arrived, and it's not going away. The Handbook is not another book about climate change science or politics. Rather it is an intelligent guide, and a potential ground breaker, for all of us who feel helpless in the face of government disagreement and want practical advice on how we can adapt now.

The Handbook will give you stories and advice from individuals who are already quietly doing amazing things. Jane Rawson and James Whitmore, former and current environment editors for The Conversation, look at how to establish your risk and face your fears; where to live and with whom; and how to survive heat, fire and flood. They investigate ways to provide your own food, power and water, make sure you can still get around, and get rid of your waste and sewage. They talk about new ways to think about home and possessions, the sadness of living through climate change, and how, for both individual and common good, we might positively change the way we live.

The Handbook is both practical and philosophical. It can be read cover-to-cover, or dipped into when you need specific advice. It can help you plan and execute a strategy to deal with the effects of climate change. It might change your life. But it should also make you ask, does it really have to be this way?

Where should I live? What kind of dwelling should I live in? What should I do in an extreme climate event? How should I live?
'Sooner or later we are all going to be compelled to think about these questions and to take some kind of action. There is no better place to begin than by reading The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change and talking about it with your family, friends and colleagues.'
Clive Hamilton, author of Affluenza, Requiem for a Species and Earthmasters.




Jane Rawson has written a novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, which won the Small Press Network's 2014 'Most Underrated Book' Award and was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel' and a novella, Formaldehyde. She was formerly the Environment and Energy Editor for news website, The Conversation. She lives in Melbourne's inner west and at janebryonyrawson.wordpress.com.

James Whitmore first heard about climate change when he was a kid. The problem, unfortunately, hasn't gone away. He grew up in Tasmania, and now works in Melbourne as a journalist and editor, particularly on science and environmental issues. The Handbook is his first book.


Kissed By a Deer: A Tibetan Odyssey

Margi Gibb

ISBN: 978-1-921924-95-8

Trade PB 448pp


1 October 2015 release

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Prepare to be swept away by a story that is intimate, true, and utterly compelling. Margi Gibb's much-loved father dies and, with her immediate family largely gone, her life is changed irrevocably. Immersing herself more deeply in art and music, she travels to America to study the sacred art of the mandala, exploring the wisdom traditions of Indigenous Indian peoples in the process. Then after a serendipitous encounter back in Australia she travels to Dharamsala to care for children in an after school program at a Tibetan women's handicraft cooperative. Her underlying passion is to initiate guitar lessons for Tibetan refugees. What follows is unexpected. Margi,s developing bonds with two very different Tibetan men, Tenzin and Yonten, change her life in complex and enduring ways. Eventually she journeys to Tibet.

Kissed by a Deer is a book about East and West. It is a passionate quest for the personal and intellectual truth that only comes through lived experience. Gibb's story gives us amazing places, and wonderful characters, people we come to love and care about despite their failings. In its pages, wisdom searchingly finds its humble roots in the connections of heart, imagination and mind; in the midst of the act of living.

'Kissed by a Deer tells of one woman's search for meaning and for life's deeper truths.
Margi Gibb isn't afraid to bare her soul on her journeys through India, Ladakh and Tibet. Along the way she introduces us to Tibetans discovering a new life in exile and disillusioned Westerners finding refuge in the East. Nothing is straightforward. Yet Gibb remains open, her words honest, her story heartfelt. This is a book that reminds us to live life one breath at a time.'

Claire Scobie, author of Last Seen in Lhasa


'A travel memoir as beautifully written and as accessible as Davidson's Tracks.'

Sue Smith, author of Discovering Buddha, Senior Lecturer, Charles Darwin University.

'A rare gift of imagination, intellect and spirit ... a passionate song of love, a lyrical testimony to living with humanity, humility and hope.'

Carl Leggo, author of Sailing in a Concrete Boat, Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.



Margi Gibb was born in the Victorian high country. She is a singer, songwriter, visual artist, adventurer, survivor, writer and educator. An earlier version of Kissed by a Deer was written as the creative product of her PhD. It is her first full length work of non-fiction. Margi currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she works as a learning advisor for an international college.



Robert Power

ISBN: 978-1-921924-91-0

Trade PB 336p


Publication: 1 November 2015

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Nestled on a windswept coastline, life in Tidetown is quiet and assured. But after a mysterious and mystical black-skinned slave is shipwrecked on its shores time-honoured traditions are unsettled. As events unravel the unfinished business of the barbaric Fishcutter murder comes back to haunt the townsfolk and the unforgettable twins, Perch and Carp, return.

In the wider world, rumours of wars, disease and corruption endanger the livelihood and the very existence of this sleepy town. Will Mayor Bruin provide a vision for the future? Can the monks on the Island of Good Hope offer salvation in a time when faith is tested? Can Judge Omega keep evil at bay?

All the while, Oscar Flowers, free from his Tidetown childhood, is on his own adventurous quest in lands beyond the sea: a pilgrim's progress striving for home and purpose, and in search of what it means to be a man.

In Robert Power's masterful third novel, Mrs April, Brother Moses, Oscar and other much-loved characters that first appeared in the magical In Search of the Blue Tiger reconnect in an unexpected and mesmerising tale of adventure and spirit.

Praise for Robert Power's writing

'An assured storyteller.' Australian Book Review

'Psychologically astute, original and whimsical.' Felicity Plunkett, Canberra Times

'Dark and beautiful.' Claire Kennedy, Herald Sun



Robert Power is the author of In Search of the Blue Tiger, The Swan Song of Doctor Malloy and Meatloaf in Manhattan. He has worked in HIV prevention for many years, travelling to all continents and appearing in all media, both here and abroad. Born in Dublin, Robert now lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and his youngest son.









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