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Stone Fruit

Lee Lai

Stone Fruit is a graphic novel by Lee Lai.

Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties to Ray’s niece, six-year-old Nessie. Their playdates are little oases of wildness, joy, and ease in all three of their lives, which ping-pong between familial tensions and deep-seeded personal stumbling blocks. As their emotional intimacy erodes, Ray and Bron isolate from each other and attempt to repair their broken family ties ― Ray with her overworked, resentful single-mother sister and Bron with her religious teenage sister who doesn’t fully grasp the complexities of gender identity. Taking a leap of faith, each opens up and learns they have more in common with their siblings than they ever knew. At turns joyful and heartbreaking, Stone Fruit reveals through intimately naturalistic dialog and blue-hued watercolor how painful it can be to truly become vulnerable to your loved ones ― and how fulfilling it is to be finally understood for who you are. Lee Lai is one of the most exciting new voices to break into the comics medium and she has created one of the truly sophisticated graphic novel debuts in recent memory.

Written and Illustrated by Lee Lai
Published by Fantagraphics

236 p


Working From Home

Emma Do, Kim Lam

Working From Home tells the overlooked stories of Vietnamese outworkers in Australia and celebrates their contributions to the fashion industry. The book melds journalism, illustration and oral history to explore personal stories of workers who made a living sewing from lounge rooms and back yards.

Alongside stories of sacrifice are tales of business savvy and pride in craftsmanship. For the Vietnamese migrants who arrived with no English skills and few job prospects, holding down a backyard sewing operation while raising a family was no mean feat. Working From Home also explains the origins of outwork, along with the economic conditions that create a shadow workforce.

Working From Home was made in Narrm (Melbourne) by Emma Do and Kim Lam.

Written by Emma Do
Design and Illustrated by Kim Lam

62 p
148 × 210mm


Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance


Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance is an enquiry into the capitals and currencies of experimental, radical and artist-run initiatives in Australia.

Excavating a shared history of independent practice stretching back to the 1980s, this publication situates new research within a rich continuum of debate about the Australian artmaking context.

Part research, part advocacy document, part literature review, part reader, part position paper, Permanent Recession is a living contribution to current thought. As a handbook, it is a compilation of useful information in a compact and handy form. It should be used!

Writers include Esther Anatolitis, Peter Anderson, Hana Pera Aoake, Dr Marnie Badham, Terri Bird, Andrew Brooks, Andy Butler, Colleen Chen, Clare Cooper, Dr David Corbet, Dr Ben Eltham,Dr Léuli Eshrāghi , Channon Goodwin, Sarah Gory. Tristen Harwood, Dr Mark Jackson, Dr Kate MacNeill, Dr Anne Marsh, Lucie McIntosh, Georgie Meagher, Dr Jacqueline Millner, Bernice Murphy, Spiros Panigirakis, Dr Lisa Radford, Macushla Robinson, Dr Francis Russell, Catherine Ryan, Kate Scardifield, Dr Pip Shea, Talia Smith, Philipa Veitch, Amelia Wallin, Pip Wallis, Amelia Winata, Katie Winten and Tian Zhang.

Edited by Channon Goodwin
Designed by Public Office
Published by Onomatopee

448 p
108 × 176mm


Slow Burn Bookshop is a new online book store dedicated to connecting Asian artists, writers and publishers with international audiences.

In collaboration with the team at abC Art Book Fair, we are presenting a small selection of books, essays, zines and graphic novels published by artists and writers based in Melbourne, Australia.

Artists and writers include Lee Lai, Emma Do, Kim Lam,Leah Jing McIntosh, Shu-Ling Chua, This Mob,Incendium Radical Library, Gary Foley, Common Room Editions, Channon Goodwin, andOFFICE.

We hope you enjoy our selection.

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