Actually, we were looking for a picture of our friend Dorothy Johnston buried under a pile of books, but we couldn’t resist Dorothy is taken prisoner by the Spoons of Utensia, which we found on the wonderful Old Book Art site http://www.oldbookart.com/ which finds treasures like this in the public domain and makes them freely available to all.
No, Dorothy has not been menaced by spoons, but she is under siege from books books books, the entries in the Barbara Jefferis award, offered by the Australian Society of Authors for ‘the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society’. Dorothy herself is not short of awards and has nine books to her credit, among them the Canberra-based Sandra Mahoney crime series. The shortlist will be announced in October. Between now and then Dorothy will be staying home with her spoons. You can find her at http://www.dorothyjohnston.com.au or check out the Sandra Mahoney Quartet at http://www.wakefieldpress.com.au