Podcast Up Lit

Parra Pods – Episode 13 Up Lit in Review

Up Lit – What is it? & why do we love it!

‘Up Lit’ can be described as books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are  uplifting and life-affirming and in our latest episode of Parra Pods Katherine, Nisa & Yi discuss and review four titles in this popular newish genre.

If you are tired of reading grim true crime and Scandi Noir, try some of these titles on for size:

Some of the books discussed in the Podcast include:

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One – Raphaelle Giordano

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

The Happiness Project Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun – Gretchen Rubin

My Squirrel Days – Ellie Kemper

Why not have a listen now?

 

Librarians’ Choice – April 2019

This will be the final Librarians’ Choice Top 10 picks – the service is ceasing with this months release. Never fear though the City of Parramatta Libraries staff will still be releasing their recommendations, reviews and lists of must read books. So without further ado the final books as voted for by Library Staff around Australia.

Podcast – Celebrating Women

Parra Pods – Episode 11

Katherine, Nisa & Yi discuss some recent releases all about ‘Celebrating Women’.

We wanted to mark International Women’s Day: More Powerful Together (2019’s motto) in this Podcast by reviewing three women focused titles.

What follows was a robust female focused discussion that sheds light on the current state of women’s lives in the world today and the progress we still need to make to achieve equality.

Some of the books mentioned in this Podcast include:

Germaine: the Life of Germaine Greer by Elizabeth Kleinhenz, 2018

Betraying Big Brother: Feminist Awakening in China by Leta Hong Fincher, 2018

The Women’s Atlas by Joni Seager, 2018

 

Thanks for listening,

Katherine, Nisa & Yi

All About Books – Autumn 2019

Our latest edition of our reading suggestions guide, All About Books is now here! It is full of a selection of some of the best books being published in the next three months.
There is a little something for everyone from adults to teens to children, for those who like their fiction to those that prefer non fiction. Don’t forget to check out our upcoming Author Talk events in April & May.
Pick up your FREE copy at any of the City Of Parramatta Libraries or download it now (just click on the cover).

No friend but the mountains

One particular news item that caught my attention was The Victorian Prize for literature, Non-Fiction award and the winner, Behrouz Boochani for his No friend but the mountains: writing from Manus Prison (Picador Australia).

A Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker and currently held on Manus Island, Boochani has been recognised as an Australian writer to win the $100,000 prize, the richest of its kind in Australia. Ironically the author has not been allowed to set foot in Australia by the system, yet.

One says ‘Boochani was arguably the most important literary phenomenon in Australian literature in 2018. In part, this is because of the distinctive qualities of No Friend But the Mountains, an epic work that moves between verse and prose, reportage and fantasy, the mundane and the historical. The fact that Boochani’s political memoir of what he calls Manus Prison was ever published in book form defies the odds. ‘ (The conversation http://theconversation.com/behrouz-boochanis-literary-prize-cements-his-status-as-an-australian-writer-110986 )

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