May’s Opening Pages was one of our best yet and June is looking just as good. Mark Brandi burst onto the Australian writing scene with Wimmera, a haunting tale of two boys growing up in rural Victoria. It went on to win the Debut Dagger in the U.K. and the Indie Book Award’s Best Debut Fiction as well as being shortlisted in many other awards. Mark is back with a new book The Rip and it is fabulous. Set in inner city Melbourne, it follows Dani, a young female drug addict living on the streets but is then offered a flat to stay in by an older man. Gritty, steeped in realism with believable characters, and yet an ever present undercurrent of hope, this book had some critics comparing it to Helen Garner’s classic Monkey Grip. J.P.Pomare as wowed audiences with his debut Call Me Evie which came out at the start of this year. Evie is a young woman held captive in an isolated New Zealand beach town. Jim says he’s hiding Evie to protect her and that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne. Evie doesn’t know if she should trust him but then she doesn’t know if she can trust her own memories. Two wonderful books to talk about, two great authors to talk to. Come and join us for drinks and discussions of the bookish kind. RSVP by phone 90174748, on our Facebook page or next time you are in the shop.