Librarians’ Choice – April 2018

The top 10 April 2018 release books as voted for by library staff around Australia is here. There are a nice mix of books, mainly fiction, a very interesting non fiction and a title (Amelia Westlake) described as “a queer yA rom-com”. Click on a title to reserve a copy now.

The Lace WeaverLauren Chater (Librarians’ Choice Favourite)

A breathtaking debut about love and war, and the battle to save a precious legacy.
Each lace shawl begins and ends the same way – with a circle. Everything is connected with a thread as fine as gossamer, each life affected by what has come before it and what will come after. 1941, Estonia. As Stalin’s brutal Red Army crushes everything in its path, Katarina and her family survive only because their precious farm produce is needed to feed the occupying forces. Fiercely partisan, Katarina battles to protect her grandmother’s precious legacy – the weaving of gossamer lace shawls stitched with intricate patterns that tell the stories passed down through generations.

While Katarina struggles to survive the daily oppression, another young woman is suffocating in her prison of privilege in Moscow. Yearning for freedom and to discover her beloved mother’s Baltic heritage, Lydia escapes to Estonia. Facing the threat of invasion by Hitler’s encroaching Third Reich, Katarina and Lydia and two idealistic young soldiers, insurgents in the battle for their homeland, find themselves in a fight for life, liberty and love.

The Paris Seamstress – Natasha Lester
Sunburn – Laura Lippman
Amelia Westlake – Erin Gough
The Death Of Noah Glass – Gail Jones
Circe – Madeline Miller
Every Note Played – Lisa Genova
Dear Mrs Bird – AJ Pearce
The Colour Of Bee Larkham’s Murder – Sarah J Harris
Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia – Anita Heiss (ed)

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2018 – Shortlists

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of literacy and to encourage everyone to enjoy and learn from the work of our writers. These annual awards honour distinguished achievement by Australian writers, contribute to Australia’s artistic reputation, and draw international attention to some of our best writers and to the cultural environment that nurtures them.

Past winners have included such notable writers as Peter Carey, David Malouf AO, Elizabeth Jolley, Thomas Keneally AO and Helen Garner.

The awards allocate prizes to a range of Australian literature – the shortlists cover: adult fiction; adult non fiction; poetry; young people; children; play writing; script writing; multicultural NSW and Indigenous writers. View the entire NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlists

Vote for the People’s Choice Award – Vote for your favourite book from the 2018 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction Shortlist and go into the draw to win a prize pack of all 6 books. Voting closes midnight Sunday 22 April 2018. Winners announced Monday 30 April 2018. To vote click here.

To reserve your title for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction Shortlist click on the title:

Common PeopleTony Birch
Seabirds Crying in the Harbour DarkCatherine Cole
Pulse points: storiesJennifer Down
The book of dirtBram Presser
The restorerMichael Sala
TabooKim Scott


Love Between the Pages High Tea & Author Talk

Don’t miss out on your FREE ticket to the re-launch of our In Conversation Author Talk Series – Love Between the Pages. In association with Penguin Random House and the Australian Romance Readers Association, we are very proud to present an event that celebrates love in all its forms.  Join the talented Fiona McArthur, Janette Paul and Sandie Docker romance authors at our special high tea for their thoughts on romance, writing and more. All attendees will receive a small gift and a chance at the lucky door book pack prize. Books will be available on site for purchase and signing. Book online for this free event as places are limited.  Continue reading

Celebrate World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21 March, and was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. Its purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world.

Poem is probably one of the earliest literature forms and is regarded highly in both Western and Eastern literature. There are a lot well-known classic poems such as the Greek epics of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, English poet Milton’s Paradise lost, Shakespeare’s Sonnet, Italian poet Dante’s Divine comedy and many more. If the collection of Shijing was the earliest collection of poems in Chinese then Arabic and Hindi all had their share of poetry in early civilisation.

Modern English poets, such as W H Auden, along with W B Yeats, T S Eliot, influenced 20th century poetry writing. Auden is highly regarded for his poetry of ‘stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form and content’.  Continue reading