All About Books – Spring 2018

Welcome to the latest edition, Spring 2018, of our reading suggestions guide – All About Books. It is full of reading ideas for all ages with a selection of the most interesting and exciting reads to be published over the next 3 months. Pick up your FREE copy in one of our City of Parramatta Libraries or click on the cover to download now. We hope you enjoy our selections and happy reading!

Children’s Book Week 2018 – Winners

Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, and was created in 1945 by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, a not for profit organization that strives to promote the best in Australian literature for kids and teens. The theme for this year was Find your Treasure.

The winners for 2018 are:
Older Readers Book of the Year (ages 13-18) – Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley et al.
Younger Readers Book of the Year (ages 8-12) – How to Bee by Bren MacDibble
Early Childhood Book of the Year (ages 0-7) – Rodney Looses It! by M.G. Bauer
Picture Book of the Year – A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins
Eve Pownall Book of the Year  – Do Not Lick this Book by I. Ben-Barak

Crichton Award for New Illustrators – Tintinnabula by M. Lanagan, illustrated by R. Cai

See winners and honour books of 2018 here.

All these wonderful books are available from Parramatta City Libraries. Borrow now!

Living a Low Tox Life with Alexx Stuart

Discover how you can live a low tox life with educator, activist, change agent and author Alexx Stuart at our author talk and book signing event. Learn how to make:

  • Coffee body scrub
  • Natural air freshener
  • Low tox dry shampoo

Meet the author at Epping Community Centre on Saturday 22 September 2018 at 2.30pm, to learn more and to book click here.

V.S. Naipaul – Nobel Prize Laureate for literature

Sir V.S. Naipaul, one of the most widely read and admired literary figures of the contemporary world, has died at the age of 85.

From his humble beginnings as a son of East Indian father in Trinidad Naipaul rose to the height of his literary career as a Nobel Prize laureate for literature. He dedicated his life to literature inspired by his father’s love of writing. The road towards recognition had not been easy as Naipaul struggled to find his authentic voice as a young foreign writer in 1950s London. In his writing Naipaul explored themes of identity, culture, religion and politics in the postcolonial world. His novels and travel writing brought him both accolades and criticism. His travel writing ranges far and wide and his works explore fates of colonial and postcolonial societies in Africa, India and West Indies.

V.S. Naipaul wrote over 30 books, both novels and non-fiction. He was knighted in 1989. He was awarded the David Cohen British Literature Prize by the Arts Council of England in 1993 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. He was awarded honorary doctorates from Cambridge University and Columbia University in New York, and honorary degrees from the universities of Cambridge, London and Oxford.

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