Annie's News - August 2016
Annie's Books on Peregian
8 Kingfisher Dve - Ph (07) 5448 2053
|Greetings! |The year is really getting exciting! We have a string of confirmed events to entertain us, and some more in the pipeline. If you haven't experienced our "footpath soirees" come on down to meet great authors and the local community in a very informal situation. Many people bring their own deck chairs, but there is some seating available. We provide wine & nibbles, and it's all free!
TUESDAY 9th AUGUST is the release date for the sixth book in the "Treehouse" series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. This is the most popular children's series I have ever seen! Join us on TUESDAY 9th AUGUST at 3.00pm (after school) for some popcorn and giveaways as we celebrate the release. The first 78 purchasers will receive a set of 13 Storey Treehouse Trivia Cards absolutely free!
As you know, Tim Winton is coming in October, but the event is totally booked out. I am reading the book The Boy Behind the Curtain (October release) and can sincerely say that I think it is the best Winton book to date. It is a very personal collection of autobiographical stories. We are happy to arrange signed copies.
2016 NATIONAL BOOK SHOP DAY
2016 NATIONAL BOOKSHOP DAY is Saturday 13th August, and it is also our 8th birthday, so we are not holding one event that day, we are celebrating for the whole month!
We are proud to be presenting some exciting new authors in August - read through the newsletter, and mark the diary. Ian Mansfield's talk about landmine clearance will be fascinating, and Sam Carmody and Holly Throsby are two young authors about to realise a great literary career.
Our dear friend, author Maggie Christensen is releasing her 5th book Madeline House - great reading for women "of a certain age". Maggie has been very successful with her novels and we love to support her. She will be doing a signing at the shop - it's a great opportunity to chat with someone who has had success in writing and in self-publishing.
IAN MANSFIELD - Stepping into a Minefield
THURSDAY 18th AUGUST - 6.00pm
AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
ON THE FOOTPATH
(This is a free event)
It's not often that we have the opportunity to meet a man like Ian Mansfield. He dedicated his working life to the clearance of landmines around the world. We see the effects of landmines on the television, but in reality, this danger feels like it is a world away! Not only did Ian work in this hazardous occupation, he performed his duties in a number of locations, and his family came with him! They left Australia on a one-year assignment, and were gone for 20 years. Ian says that his wife made "22 homes in seven countries". This is a unique chance to meet someone who has experienced things we cannot imagine, both positive and negative.
SAM CARMODY - The Windy Season
THURSDAY 25th AUGUST - 6.00pm
AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
ON THE FOOTPATH
(This is a free event)
"Sam Carmody is a real literary talent, with an artist's inquiring mind, a natural feel for the beauty and toughness of language." - Charlotte Wood
Set against an often wild and unforgiving sea, this debut novel unravels the mysteries of an inhospitable West Australian town and its residents.
Sam Carmody wrote The Windy Season in a cramped coastal apartment in Perth and in an old caravan in a crayfishing town north of the city. Carmody woke at three in the morning to hitch rides with commercial crayfishing boats to research his novel and has spent years watching the ways Australian men interact - whether out surfing, fishing on a jetty or playing cricket.
He credits the genesis of the novel to his grandmother....
"My grandmother [novelist and historian Freda Vines) would buy me grisly Reader's Digests about great white sharks and I developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of shark attacks," Carmody says. "And it is because of her that I've developed a particular radar for horror. It is where a person's life, or their psyche, is disturbed by something below the surface, that I find the most interest."
In this fierce, evocative and memorable novel, The Windy Season reveals that there are things out there much more dangerous than sharks..
MAGGIE CHRISTENSEN - Madeline House
BOOK SIGNING - MEET THE AUTHOR
SATURDAY 27th AUGUST - 10.00am - 12.00 midday at Annie's Books on Peregian
When Beth Carson flees her controlling husband, a Sydney surgeon, and travels to Florence, Oregon, she is unsure what her future holds. Although her only knowledge of Florence comes from a few postcards found in her late mother's effects, she immediately feels at home there and begins to put down roots.
But Beth's past returns to haunt her in ways she could never have imagined. Distraught over alarming reports from Australia and bewildered by revelations from the past, Beth turns to new friends to help her.
Tom Harrison, a local lawyer, has spent the past five years coming to terms with his wife's death, and building a solitary existence which he has come to enjoy. Adept at ignoring the overtures of local women and fending off his meddling daughter, he is intrigued by this feisty Australian and, almost against his will, finds himself drawn to her when she seeks his legal advice.
What forces are at work to bring the two together, and can Beth overcome her past and find a way forward?
Set on the beautiful Oregon Coast this is a tale of a woman who seeks to rise above the challenges life has thrown at her and establish a new life for herself.
FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER - 12.00 midday
VENUE & PRICE TO BE CONFIRMED
Rich in character and complexity, GOODWOOD is a compelling ride into a small community torn apart by dark rumour and mystery.
"It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if through a crack in the sky. After that, in a small town like Goodwood, where we had what Nan called 'a high density of acquaintanceship', everything stopped. Or at least it felt that way. The normal feeling of things stopped."
Goodwood is a town where everyone knows everything about everyone. It's a place where it's impossible to keep a secret.
In 1992 when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood's most popular resident, Bart MacDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes back. In Goodwood, people don't just disappear...
"There is just so much heart in this novel," says publisher Annette Barlow. "Holly's humour is tender and even as the plot grows darker the writing shines with a warm intelligence, understanding and affection for our human frailties."
As the intensity of speculation heightens, mystery, fear and suspicion grips the town. Jean, who is keeping secrets of her own, and the rest of Goodwood, are left reeling.