Watch at the Library – SWF21

Are you tired of watching online author talks by yourself?
Want to meet with other book lovers?

This year, in partnership with the State Library of NSW, Sydney Writers’ Festival presents a reimagined digital iteration of the Festival’s beloved Suburban and Regional Library Program.

Enter the minds behind our most borrowed books with these events live-streamed from the State Library of NSW to Parramatta Library. Featuring award-winning and bestselling Australian authors Kate GrenvilleAnita Heiss and Candice Fox, in conversation each evening from Tuesday to Thursday of Festival week. 

Parramatta Library will be hosting ‘Watch at the Library’ events where you can watch the author talk each night live streamed on the big screen with other book lovers.
Seats are limited so register your place now:

Watch at the Library – Kate Grenville – Tuesday 27 April, 6.30pm – register here
Watch at the Library – Anita Heiss – Wednesday 28 April, 6.30pm – register here
Watch at the Library – Candice Fox – Thursday 29 April, 6.30pm – register here

All three conversations are available to stream from the comfort of your home too. 

In conversation with Julietta Henderson

Julietta Henderson will be in conversation with Suzanne Micallef from City of Parramatta Libraries discussing The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association.

Norman and Jax are a quirky pair of pre-teen best friends with a five-year plan to take their comedy act all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe by the time they’re fifteen. When Jax dies suddenly, it’s earth-shattering.

Norman’s mum Sadie knows she won’t win Mother of the Year anytime soon, and she really doesn’t know, or care, who Norman’s father is. But her heart is broken when she discovers her grieving son’s revised plan: ‘Find Dad’ and ‘Get to the Edinburgh Fringe’. If finding his dad and performing at Edinburgh are the two things that will make Norman happy after his devastating loss, Sadie’s going to make it happen.

Norman and Sadie set off from Cornwall, with their friend Leonard in his vintage Austin Maxi, on a pilgrimage to Edinburgh. This is a mother-son road trip that inspires and delights like the best road trip novels and films.

Copies of The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman can be purchased from Booktopia: https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/mxna1

Numbers are limited for this free virtual event and bookings are essential.

This presentation will be broadcast online using Zoom. Book your place and we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the meeting (download and install from zoom.us if you haven’t already).

Extra Reads – December 2020

Looking for even more reads being published this month? These are the titles that didn’t make it into the ‘All About Books‘ Summer 2020/21 edition – we just didn’t have room for them. Why not take a look (we all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…but we all do!), click on a cover to read more about it and reserve your copy.

NSW Reads ‘Lucky’s

NSW Reads is a big book club, and everyone in New South Wales is invited.

The NSW Public Library Association is thrilled to announce the very first state-wide reading program NSW Reads. From the 10th of December to the 17th of February 2021, library members across the state are encouraged to read Sydney author Andrew Pippos’s debut novel, Lucky’s (Picador).

Described as “a must-read saga, and a gripping monument to Greek diaspora” by The Guardian Australia, central to the theme of Lucky’s is the iconic Greek milk bar/café businesses, found in so many Australian towns and suburbs.

NSW Reads will celebrate the heritage of these venues and the migrant experiences of food and community as readers from all over the state share a reading experience.

“After a year that has been so isolating, it’s wonderful for readers to be able to come together and all read the same book” says NSW Public Libraries Association Executive Officer, Adele Casey, “We are thrilled that Lucky’s is our pick for the first NSW Reads program. The librarians of New South Wales felt it was important to choose a novel with far reaching appeal. Lucky’s will resonate and deliver a sense of nostalgia to Australians of all ages in both metro and regional areas.”

To celebrate NSW Reads, local libraries will host live events throughout January and February 2021. 

Andrew Pippos introduces his new novel Lucky’s, an unforgettable Australian story about the changing fortunes of a man named Lucky, his chain of Greek cafes and the people whose lives he shapes, and who in turn shape him.

Reserve your copy of Lucky’s in print, eBook or eAudio and join in as NSW Reads!

Good Reads Choice Awards 2020

Announcing the winners of the 12th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards, a major book award decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year! Did one of your favourites become a winner?  Click on the titles below to reserve your copy now.

Best FictionThe midnight library by Matt Haig
Best Mystery & ThrillerThe guest list by Lucy Foley
Best Historical FictionThe vanishing half by Brit Bennett
Best FantasyThe house of Earth and blood by Sarah J. Maas
Best RomanceFrom blood and ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Best Science FictionTo sleep in a sea of stars by Christopher Paolini
Best HorrorMexican gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia
Best HumourStrange planet by Nathan W. Pyle
Best Non FictionStamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Best Memoir & AutobiographyA promised land by Barack Obama
Best History & BiographyCaste by Isabel Wilkerson
Best Science & TechnologyA life on our planet by David Attenborough
Best Food & CookbooksModern comfort food by Ina Garten
Best Graphic Novels & ComicsHeartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman
Best PoetryDearly by Margaret Atwood
Best Debut NovelSuch a fun age by Kiley Reid
Best Young Adult FictionClap when you land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Best Young Adult FantasyThe queen of nothing by Holly Black
Best Middle Grade & Children’sThe tower of Nero by Rick Riordan
Best PicturebookAntiracist baby by Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrations)