And just like that we have the Stella longlist announced. The Stella Prize is always worth checking out and last year’s winner Vicki Laveau-Harvie with The Erratics has been read and enjoyed by many of our customers. This year there are twelve books on the list, including some of our favourites from last year The Weekend by Charlotte Wood, The Yield by Tara June Winch and There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett as well as newcomers that we had missed but are keen to read such as the memoir Diving into Glass by Caro Llewellyn and Song Spirals by Gay-wu Group of Women. If you are a fan of short stories then there are three different collections to choose from Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui, The House of Yussef by Yumna Kassab and Here Until August by Josephine Rowe as well as a Y.A. title, This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield, non-fiction with Look What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill and Paper Emperors by Sally Young and finally a graphic novel, When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over by Mandy Ord. Shortlist will be announced 6 March with the winner declared in April.
Plus don’t forget that we have an exciting event coming up ourselves with Dervla McTiernan joining us for a Sunday afternoon event on 1 March 2020 at 4pm. Dervla is just as entertaining as her books (so very!) so it will be a great afternoon. Wine and cheese will be provided, cost is $10 and bookings can be made on http://www.trybooking.com/BHPXG. We hope to see lots of you there!