2012 Kibble and Dobbie winners announced

The winners of this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literacy Awards have been announced.

The winner of the Nita B Kibble Literacy Award which recognises the work of an established Australian female writer is Five bells by Gail Jones.

On a radiant day in Sydney, four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water. But each of the four carries a complicated history from elsewhere; each is haunted by past intimacies. (Summary from NoveList Plus)


The winner of the Dobbie Encouragement Award which recognises the work of a first published Australian female writer is Past the shallows by Favel Parrett.

Abstract: Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone fisherman, on the south-east coast of Tasmania. With their mum dead, they are left to look after themselves. When Miles isn’t helping out on the boat they explore the coast and Miles and his older brother, Joe, loves to surf. Harry is afraid of the water.



Sandy Bröcking – Author of the month

Come to Parramatta Library on  Wednesday  15th August 2012 1pm – 2pm to hear Sandy Bröcking talk about her latest book.

Think Smart & Lose Weight is an innovative health plan and practical guide for people with diet related issues who want to lose weight and are serious about keeping it off.

No more counting calories and living by the scale, it’s about making small daily changes for a healthier lifestyle.

Sandy Bröcking’s inspiring story is based on her own personal experience and working in the health profession for over 17 years. This innovative health plan is for those who want to lose weight on a daily basis without being forced into a rigorous, radical or expensive diet regime.

Bookings Required

Contact:Parramatta City Library on 9806 5159
 Cost: Free


Prime Minister’s Literacy Awards 2012 winner announced

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced the winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards-

Australian writers who write books about Australia.

Fiction winnerFoal’s Bread by Gillian Mears

Poetry winnerInterferon Psalms by Luke Davies

Non-fiction winnerAn Eye for Eternity: The Life of ManningClark by Mark McKenna

 Prize forAustralian HistoryThe Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aboriginies Made Australia by Bill Gammage

 Young Adult fiction winnerWhen We Were Two by Robert Newton

Children’s fiction winnerGoodnight, Mice!, written by Frances Watts and illustrated by Judy Watson  



Second Tuesday Evening Book Club- Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

This week the Second Tuesday Evening Book Club met to discuss Hans Fallada’s novel Alone in Berlin, also published under the title of  Every man dies alone. This novel is set in Berlin 1940. Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he’s shocked onto an extraordinary act of resistance, and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city. If caught, he will be executed. Excerpt from BACK COVER.

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