Podcast – Episode 32 – From All the Lands on Earth

Episode 32: From all the lands on earth

Belonging, respect and inclusiveness are core messages of Harmony Week – a time that highlights multicultural Australia, celebrating the fact that while there are so many of us with vastly different stories, there is so much more that brings us together.

Join Katherine, Nisa and Antonia as they discuss books they have recently read:

Brave not perfect / Reshma Saujani. Harper Collins, Feb 2019

New kings of the world: dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi and K-pop / Fatima Bhutto. Columbia Global Reports, Oct 2019

Born a crime / Trevor Noah. Spiegel & Grau, Nov 2016

Arab of the future: a childhood in the Middle East: 1984-1992 / Riad Sattouf. Metropolitan Books, Nov 2019

Parra Pods Episode 31 – #eachforequal – Gender Equality

Episode 31: #Eachforequal: gender equality

Bias and inequality are concepts that generate a great deal of debate. While they may often be popularly associated with one gender having power over another or one colour of skin being afforded more privileges, there is now an emerging body of literature on some of the more complex arguments to come out of the struggle e.g. what happens when race and gender collide, who gets to decide the ‘appropriate’ way to fight bias and how to break the pattern of inequality that is generational.

To celebrate International Women’s Day Katherine, Nisa and Antonia look at some books from perspectives that haven’t always been heard. Books discussed include:

A woman is no man / Etaf Rum. Harper Collins, Mar 2019

The seven necessary sins for women and girls / Mona Eltahawy. Hardie Grant, Oct 2019

White tears, brown scars / Ruby Hamad. Melbourne University Press, Sep 2019

Happy Listening!

Parra Pods – Episode 30 – What is a Romance Novel?

Episode 30 – What is a Romance Novel?

Stories of love – romantic love – have been entertaining people for thousands of years. Shared through the written medium, stories within the romance genre have been one of the biggest publishing phenomena of the last century.

Join Katherine and Nisa as they discuss this vast and unwieldy category of books, home to a variety of sub-genres ranging from paranormal romance, fantasy romance and historical romance to contemporary romance,  (possibly) chick lit, erotic romance and religious/Christian romance novels. 

Books discussed include:

Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen. T. Egerton, 1813

Love in the time of cholera / Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Alfred A Knopf, 1988 [originally publisher in Spanish in 1985]

Pride, prejudice and other flavours / Sonali Dev. Harper Collins, May 2019

Outlander / Diana Gabaldon. Delacorte Books, 1991.

Library Lovers’ Day 2020

Uncover Something New!

Did you know on February 14 we not only celebrate ‘Valentines Day’ we also get pretty excited about ‘Library Lovers’ Day’.

This year ‘Uncover Something New’ to help us celebrate the day. Borrow one of our specially wrapped books on ‘Library Lovers Day’, find a SILVER ticket inside to win one of seven $30 Dymocks gift cards or find the lucky GOLDEN ticket to win a $50 Dymocks gift card. Each Blind Book will come with an ‘Uncover Something New’ bookmark, and a book themed trivia sheet.

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But wait that’s not all!

We have a special new episode of Parra Pods for you to listen to: ‘Chatting with Rachel Givney’. Rachel is the debut author of Jane in Love, a modern day romance featuring a time travelling Jane Austen. The story poses the question – if Jane Austen had to choose between the heart and the pen, what would she do? We were lucky enough to receive an advance copy and engaged in good natured fights over who got to read it and record the podcast. End result; Katherine & Suzanne won and were lucky enough to enjoy a morning chat with Rachel!

We hope you enjoy the podcast and make sure you reserve your copy of ‘Jane in Love‘.

Happy Reading & Listening

P.S.

If you are interested in reading an extract of ‘Jane in Love’ then check out this post by Better Reading.

Parra Pods – Non Fiction Reads for Summer

Episode 28: Non-fiction Australian Reads for Summer

This summer has been a particularly challenging one for the Australian landscape and with Australia Day upon us, there are a number of great books that demonstrate just how vast this land is, how diverse and rich is its history.

Join Katherine and Nisa for the third and final episode of the ‘Summer’ series of podcasts.

Books mentioned in this episode include:

Buckley’s chance: the incredible true story of William Buckley and how he conquered a new world / Garry Linnell. Penguin Random House, October 2019.

Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture / Bruce Pascoe. Magabala Books, June 2018 [earlier published as Dark Emu:  Black Seeds: Agriculture or accident in 2014]

Young Dark Emu: a truer history / Bruce Pascoe. Magabala Books, June 2019

Tracks / Robyn Davidson. Bloomsbury, November 2019.

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia / Bill Arthur and Frances Morphy. ANU, ABS and Macquarie Dictionary, August 2019.