June Wrap Up: Book Clubs & Reading Groups

City of Parramatta Libraries, Book Clubs and Reading Groups seem to grow each month; in June we welcomed another Book Club into our Club’s.

Before June comes to end I find myself already preparing July’s Book Club and Reading Groups Kits; with twenty seven kits already to for July!

The popular title and author this month was Jane Harper, with two groups reading The Lost Man and other reading Force of Nature. In fact Jane seems to re-appear each month on the list of book club reads. I can understand why too. I loved both The Dry and The Lost Man.

If you are also a Jane Harper fan then you might like to check out her website for more information and updates on the up-coming film version of The Dry; starring the talented Eric Banner as Aaron Falk!

As always you can read our Book Club and Reading Groups reviews on Parra Reads. Just search the Categories Book Club Kits and Book Reviews.

Happy Reading!


May’s Reads: Book Clubs & Reading Groups

As usual it has been a busy month for all of City of Parramatta Libraries Book Clubs and Reading Groups.

The month of May saw twenty seven Book Club Kits delivered to our Library Branches, making it simple for our wider reading community to pick up their Book Club Kits. Thanks to the Library’s wonderful courier, Vic who never gets upset when each day he arrives and there are more Book Club Kits waiting for him to deliver.

This month Book Clubs and Reading Groups read a wide range of titles, including both fiction and non fiction. Popular titles this month included ‘Bridge of Clay’ by Markus Zusak, and First Person by Richard Flanagan; both of which were read by four clubs.

Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist 2019

The most prestigious literary award, Miles Franklin, has announced it longlist. The longlisted 10 titles areas following and you can reserve a copy on City of Parramatta Libraries.

This year’s longlist, again, showcases the diversity of writers, of its fiction genres, and the capacity in reflecting what is very unique to Australia, but at the same time it is also very universal in contents.

  • The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette) – A book about a Lebanese boy grows in Western Sydney
  • Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text) – – A new trilogy set in the Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines are the new currency of society…
  • Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate) – already a winner of some awards, it is a book sets in Brisbane, 1985: A lost father, a mute brother, a junkie mum, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter.
  • A Sand Archive (Gregory Day, Picador) – stories of Australia’s Great Ocean Road, a young writer stumbles across a manual from a minor player in the road’s history, FB Herschell.
  • Inappropriation (Lexi Freiman, A&U) – a prestigious private Australian girls’ school, fifteen-year-old Ziggy Klein is confronted with an alienating social hierarchy that hurls her into the arms of her grade’s most radical feminists.
  • A Stolen Season (Rodney Hall, Picador) – Adam’s life has been ruined by war… A veteran of the Iraq conflict who has suffered such extensive bodily trauma that he can only really survive by means of a mechanical skeleton.
  • The Death of Noah Glass (Gail Jones, Text) – The art historian Noah Glass, having just returned from a trip to Sicily, is discovered floating face down in the swimming pool at his Sydney apartment block.
  • Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP) – A dark and funny new novel from the multi-award-winning author of Mullumbimby.
  • Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills, Picador) – A small town. And the end of the world as we know it…One morning, the residents of a small coastal town somewhere in Australia wake to discover the sea has disappeared.
  • The Lucky Galah (Tracy Sorensen, Picador) – It’s 1969 and a remote coastal town in Western Australia is poised to play a pivotal part in the moon landing.

2019 ABIA Shortlist

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) celebrate the achievements of authors and publishers in bringing Australian books to readers. The shortlist covers 12 categories and they are

Biography Book of the Year

Back, After the Break by Osher Günsberg (HarperCollins Publishers)

Challenge Accepted! by Celeste Barber (HarperCollins Publishers)

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)

Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography by Johnathan Thurston, with James Phelps (HarperCollins Publishers)

Teacher by Gabbie Stroud (Allen & Unwin)

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Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shortlist

There are more diverse reads you can find from this year’s Man Booker International Prize long and shortlists.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded to a book translated into English. Prior to 2016, the prize was awarded biennially to a body of work.

The shortlist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize has listed works from five languages (Arabic, French, German, Polish and Spanish) by some independent publishers.

The shortlisted titles are:

Celestial Bodies (Jokha Alharthi, trans by Marilyn Booth, Sandstone Press)

The Years (Annie Ernaux, trans by Alison L Strayer, Seven Stories)

The Pine Islands (Marion Poschmann, trans by Jen Calleja, Serpent’s Tail)

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Olga Tokarczuk, trans by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Text)

The Shape of the Ruins (Juan Gabriel Vásquez, trans by Anne McLean, MacLehose Press)

The Remainder (Alia Trabucco Zeran, trans by Sophie Hughes, And Other Stories).