Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 18, 2012

Announcing Indigenous Literature Week at ANZ LitLovers

Further to my previous post back in April, I am pleased to announce ANZ LitLovers is hosting Indigenous Writers Week in the first week in July to coincide with NAIDOC Week here in Australia.

However, your choices aren’t restricted just to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori literature.   Participants are welcome to join in reading indigenous literature from anywhere in the world, from Canada to Guyana, from Native American to Basque to Pashtun or Ixcatec. (For a list of indigenous people of the world, see this list at Wikipedia.) As to how we define indigenous, that’s up to indigenous people themselves.  If they identify as indigenous themselves, well, that’s good enough for me.

I’d love it if you join me in exploring the fascinating world of indigenous story-telling – so – with help from many fantastic contributors, I have generated a reading list to inspire you. For reasons of space and time and personal preference  my reading list is limited to literary fiction titles by indigenous Australian and New Zealand authors but participants are free to choose any form you like – short story, memoir, biography, whatever takes your fancy!  The permanent link to the reading list is on the ANZLL Books You Must Read page in the top menu, and you can also find it in the list of Pages near the bottom of the RH Menu.

Thanks to my fellow book bloggers – Kinna at Kinna Reads, Iris on Books, and Kim from Reading Matters,  who inspired me to try this:)

Interested?  Sign up now to give yourself time to source the book you want to read, and please, leave a comment here on this page after signing up.

To sign up

1. If you have a blog or a Library Thing or GoodReads account, click on the Mr Linky image below.  Mr Linky will open up on a new page where you enter your name and blog/LT or GR URL.  If you don’t have a blog or one of these accounts, just use the comments box below.

2. Tell us what you think you might read in the comments box.  (You can always change your mind later if you want to).

If you want to check that you’ve signed up with Mr Linky, refresh this page, click on the widget again, and you will see something that looks like this and you should be able to see your name on it.

To share your thoughts about the book you’ve read

When you’ve read the book and you’re ready to share your thoughts about it, please visit the Reviews page  where you can post your comments about the book and/or a link to your review on your own blog or at GoodReads or Library Thing.


  1. Hi Lisa, I’m all signed up (hopefully.) It’s a great idea and I am generally enthusiastic, but will need to research some of your links before settling specifically on a title. I have always wanted to read The Bone People but that is something I would probably read anyway, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to break out of my comfort zone. Thanks for hosting!

    • Wonderful, good karma coming your way for being first!
      The Bone People is a a stunning book. I still remember talking about it with my friend Helen when we both had just read it. That’s about 20 years ago now!
      PS Yes, you are signed up properly. For complicated blog security reasons, Mr Linky doesn’t work the same way on WordPress blogs, so you don’t see the names in a list on this page. But if you click the Mr Linky link, a new page opens up and then you can see the names of all the participants there.

  2. count me in Lisa I ll read the Grace and have a Atxaga as well so that is two ,all the best stu

    • Great! Good karma to you for choosing two, Stu:)

  3. I’m in! I am going to take the opportunity to read something off of my shelves
    (that I bought at MWF last year) – That Deadman Dance.

  4. Would it be bad of me to re-read something I’ve already read? I read it a long time ago and, as I know it is hiding somewhere in my messy bookshelves, it would be easier than sourcing something new at this stage. I think I may have mentioned before that ‘Doctor Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World’ had great impact and I would love to revisit it again and see if I read it differently all these years later with older eyes.

    • No, that would be a fantastic choice, Karen. I ordered that on inter-library loan when you first mentioned it here, but I haven’t heard anything yet. Such an intriguing title!

      • Karen, I’ve maligned my library. Guess who rang me up this afternoon to tell me that Dr Wooraddy had arrived!
        (Interesting though, they charged me $6 whereas the Casey library doesn’t charge anything). It looks wonderful…but no, I’m going to finish What the Family Needed first, that’s wonderful too, and I really must control this habit of having 4-6 books going at once!

  5. I will take part too Lisa … it will MAKE me finally read Tara June Winch at the very least. (And I reckon rereading is fine because it will tell others about it and that’s what Lisa’s wanting to achieve, eh?)

    • Yes, Lisa is very keen to achieve that! But also, that title, well, if I can’t get hold of it myself (and it’s not looking good) I sure do want one of my friends to read it and tell me what it’s like!

  6. Stu, Karen and Sue, please click the Mr Linky widget to sign up, I know you three have your own blogs LOL

    • I’ve done that now. Not sure if it should show somewhere?

      • Yes, it does, and I’ve added a bit to the bottom of the post that shows you how to check it. (LOL Weren’t we just chatting on your blog about how we think we’ve explained something clearly in our writing, and then someone else reads it, and …..?!)

  7. Hi Lisa
    I am signed up and then I wondered what will I read? After checking your reading list I find I have a copy of Baby No Eyes by Patricia Grace so finally you have given me an excuse to read it. Thanks for hosting this event featuring Indigenous storytelling. Looking forward to discovering a new author.

    • Wonderful, welcome aboard!

  8. This is a great idea Lisa, count me in.

    Fiction wise, I’ve been meaning to read Tara June Winch’s stories and Blood by Tony Birch. Your list has additional interesting possibilities as well.

    On the Non-fiction side, I’ll plan to read Fiona Skyring’s Justice and re-read Carmel Bird’s The Stolen Children.

    • Fantastic, lots of good karma around!
      Those two NF titles sound interesting…

      • Hi Lisa, I have signed up as I have 4 of the titles listed on my TBR shelves. Eeeny, meeny miney mo time! I wonder if I can manage 2. Possibles are Witi Ihimaera’s The Dream Swimmer one of the few I haven’t read, Potiki by Patricia Grace ditto, Rangitira by Paula Morris and Sons for the Return Home by Albert Wendt. At the moment I’m favouring Potiki (I haven’t read one of hers in a long time and Albert Wendt whom I have always wanted to read but have not as yet. I have read all the Alan Duff titles. Do you realise he has other titles One Night Out Stealing, his memoir – Out of the Mist and Steam and my personal favourite Both Sides of the Moon. I look forward to the challenge.

        • Yay, my first Kiwi participant! Welcome:) Karma floating ing across the ditch towards you!
          I’m hoping to do one from Oz and one from NZ, but I haven’t decided which one it will be. I have two by Ihimaera on my TBR, but then, this is an excuse to buy another, it’s a sin not to have anything by Duff on the TBR, right?

  9. Like you, I’m hoping to do one from Oz and one from NZ, but I’ll decide nearer the date – although it’s not actually that far away ;)

    • It’s tricky deciding when to invite participation. Too early, and people forget or get sidetracked, too late and they get involved in other stuff.

  10. This is a great excuse for me to finally dust off that copy of Kim Scott’s Benang that I picked up in a charity shop a year or so ago. Thanks for organising this Lisa, it’s a great idea.

    • Oh that is excellent, Kim. it will be really good to have a proper review of that online, I couldn’t find anything about it when I went looking last year. I posted my rather lame thoughts from my journal, just to put it out there, but Benang deserves better than that.

  11. I am so all over this! I already have War Dances by Sherman Alexie on my wishlist, so this is a great excuse to pick it up.

    • Hello Wolfy, welcome:) You’ll be reading a book by an indigenous American Indian, yeah! (I looked it up).
      I looked up your blog too, and your About page – and must pass on the title of the book I’m currently reading for your MIA Challenge: it’s called What the Family Needed by Steven Amsterdam. and I think it’s right up your alley.

  12. I have joined up, I hope. My Linky seems a bit slow this morning. I have selected Shadowboxing by Tony Birch and will add another book before the deadline.


    • Great, thanks, Helen, I’ll link to your review of Shadowboxing when it’s done, from my Meet an Aussie Author page about Tony Birch, that’ll be great.

  13. Lisa, I’ll sign up to read one of Kim Scott’s earlier books, ‘True Country’. If it’s as good as ‘That Deadman Dance’ I know I’ll enjoy it.

    • Wonderful! Welcome, Narelle, your thoughts in our book group are always so perceptive, it will be great to have you here:)

  14. OK – I have posted my Challenge on my blog now – so have Mr Linky’d :)

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  17. Lisa, A bit late I know. My hope is to read, Henry Reynolds’ “The Whispering in our Hearts” and Leonie Norrington’s Barrumbi Kids”. I am not sure if she is of Aboriginal descent but her books address cultural differences.

    • Never too late, Marg! I looked up Leonie Norrington on Black Words, and yes, she is, she grew up in an Aboriginal community in NT.

  18. I’m looking forward to reading a book in my TBR for too long – Fight for Liberty and Freedom by John Maynard.

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  20. Hopefully I am signed up and will try to read some of the non fiction reads that are available at my library.

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  22. Hi Lisa, I have tried to join up but have no blog/LT or GR URL, so lets hope this works. I will read some of the non fiction books.


  23. Hi Lisa. I’m all signed up. Gunning for Carpentaria by Alexis Wright. Not sure I’ll finish it in a week, but will give it a go. Thanks for hosting a great initiative. John

    • Oh, I am so happy about your choice! I have read Carpentaria, but it was before I started this blog, and I’ve felt for a long time that it is a real drawback that I don’t have a review of it here. Now there will be yours and I will have a link to it!

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