Why not escape the silly season madness for just a couple of hours and come along to hear two thoughtful writers, Favel Parrett, and Sarah Hopkins. Both of these authors are award winners and their books are fascinating. Favel Parrett’s There Was Still Love is a fictional exploration of her own family’s life and explores connection and dislocation. Sarah’s The Subjects is a page-turning psychological drama looking at a controversial experiment on young offenders. We are so looking forward to it – so come along this Wednesday 4 December 7pm and join us to raise a glass to another fabulous year of books, reading and these brilliant authors. RSVP on Facebook, via email firstname.lastname@example.org, ring 90174748 or our favourite method in store!!
And if you are in an author listening mood you can join us listening to Heather Morris, author of the world wide bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and now Cilka’s Journey, at Preston Library 7pm 10 December. Entry is free, you just need to register for the event via the library’s website.
We were delighted to see a former speaker at Opening Pages, Ilka Tampke, win Most Underrated Book of the Year with her wonderful book, Songwoman so why not come along on 4 December and meet two wonderful authors because you never know what prize list they might turn up on next year. Favel Parrett who has already won the Dobbie Literary Award and been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin will be talking about her brand new book There Was Still Love, the beautiful story of her grandmother and her twin, one who lives in Australia and the other who lives behind the Iron Curtain. Poetic and full of heart, it will be lovely to hear Favel talk about what writing this book was like for her. Joining her is criminal lawyer and award winning author Sarah Hopkins, with her fascinating page turner, The Subjects. Daniel is sixteen and should be in jail instead he is diverted into a different program with other gifted delinquents. It’s not a jail, a school, or a psych unit. What is it exactly? This is a compelling novel and we are looking to welcoming both these authors to our last Opening Pages for the year. So, come join us on Wednesday 7 December 7pm, and lets raise a glass to 2019 and another great year of reading. RSVP on Facebook, email email@example.com, ring on 90174748 or tell us in-store.
It’s been a fantastic year of Opening Pages with wonderful books, authors and audiences and December is no exception. We are welcoming Favel Parrett, one of Australia’s most loved authors of the last decade. Favel burst onto the literary scene eight years ago with Past The Shallows which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin and won the Dobbie Literary Award. There Was Still Love is her third book. This book focusses on the family, exploring how big world events shape the smallest lives. A quiet book but with a powerful and beautifully written message of the healing power of love. Joining Favel we have Sarah Hopkins. Sarah is a criminal lawyer by training and The Subjects is her fourth book. Daniel is a sixteen year old drug dealer going to jail until all of a sudden he isn’t. Instead, he’s taken off to a deluxe outback facility and becomes convinced that he is part of an experiment, except he has no idea for what. Parallels have been made to Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things, this is a critically acclaimed exploration about social engineering, that will be fascinating to read and discuss with the author over a drink or two. Come and join us for the last Opening Pages for the year. RSVPS in store, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 90174748 or on Facebook.
You’ve had the Tuesday off to celebrate a horse race, why not come out on the Wednesday night and celebrate books and authors. Carrie Tiffany and Julienne van Loon will be in store talking about their fabulous new releases – the perfect mixture of fiction and non-fiction! Join us at 7pm for a drink to both The Thinking Woman and Exploded View. RSVPS in store, email email@example.com, Facebook or by phone 90174748.
Christos Tsiolkas‘s books have been read (and watched) around the world. In particular The Slap and Barricuda have chronicled modern Australian life in all its complications so a new book from him is a big event in the publishing calendar! Very different in subject matter from his last two, Damascus is an epic in every sense of the world. Tsiolkas is known for exacting eye on contemporary life but here he takes on something very different – the life of St Paul and the beginnings of the Catholic Church. He spent a year not writing but instead reading everything he could find about this era and then travelled to Rome, Turkey, Israel and Greece, following Paul’s footsteps. When it came to writing, it took seven complete drafts to come up with this book. Already proclaimed as a masterpiece of imagination and transformation, this focusses on doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, friendship and betrayal. We are about to start reading in store so grab a copy today and read along too.
The days are getting longer, perfect to come out mid-week and join us for some bookish chat and a drink with two wonderful authors. Carrie Tiffany is a multi-award winning writer and Exploded View, her new fiction book, has been critically acclaimed both here and overseas. Julienne van Loon is an academic and award winning author and her book The Thinking Woman developed out of conversations with six leading feminist thinkers. It is bound to be a good night of fascinating discussion with two wonderful authors. RSVP on Facebook, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 90174748 or in store!
To the delight of our kids bookclub last Wednesday, there was a very special visitor. By coincidence Nat Amoore, author of the book we were reading, Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire, heard about bookclub and decided to pay a visit. She was so much fun but then so is her book. Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire follows Tess and Toby who are both in Grade 5 at Watterson Primary. Tess spies on Scotty who lives next door by jumping on her trampoline even though Mum said never, ever to talk to him (turns out Mum was right because Mums are almost always right) but where’s the adventure in that. Then one day Tess sees Scott hide something in her backyard before being arrested by the police. Turns out it is a million dollars. Being a schoolyard millionaire is a lot of fun but it can also buy you a whole lot of trouble. This book is a lot of fun, our bookclubbers enjoyed it, suitable for middle fiction readers (roughly 9-12) and we have signed copies in store. Bookclub meets again on 13 November at 4 pm and will be reading the How to Make a Movie in 12 Days by the fabulous Fiona Hardy. We have got a couple of spots available in case you have a junior bookclubber who would like to come along. Cost is $30 including the book, hot chocolate and cookies. What a bargain!