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.
- Tue 5 Jan: Milk Bars of Parramatta’s Past – digital photographic exhibition at Parramatta Library
- Mon 11 Jan: Readers can join in an Instagram read-along via @nswlibraryevents
- Tue 9 Feb: take part in an online panel discussion on Greek-Australian Milk Bars Past and Present
- Wed 17 Feb: Andrew Pippos presents Lucky’s – online author talk.
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!