|June 2011||Annie's News|
Annie's Books on Peregian
8 Kingfisher Dve - Ph (07) 5448 2053
This is the best time of all to curl up with a great book, and thankfully, there are plenty of those around! I've just finished a book called The Life by Malcolm Knox. It's a fictional memoir of a champion Gold Coast surfer, looking back on his life and career through the spectrum of schizophrenia. Once you get into the very unusual and unique language, it's compelling, confronting and enjoyable. I expect that those readers who have been surfing over the past 30 years, particularly in Queensland, will recognise people and places throughout this novel (maybe even themselves!). I thoroughly enjoyed this ride.
Our Australia's Biggest Morning Tea was a major success. We raised over $2,000, 100% of which has gone directly to the Cancer Council. Once again, our fabulous community turned out to support this worthy cause. Thanks to neighbour Ryan from Shanghai Sally's who donated all the coffee and tea, and of course to Lyn Hay, who worked tirelessly on this project, and should be very proud of her great success.
We loved meeting Tricia Brennan at the launch of Map of the Soul at Noosa Springs. Tricia is a clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient and an intuitive counsellor. If you feel that you've meandered off the path a little, Tricia's books, CDs and her Soul Sessions may just help. Come in and have a browse through her products.
from Annie & Lyn
There are no events scheduled this month, but I am working on a few exciting prospects. I will keep you informed as things take shape.
Our book club is open to anyone wishing to be involved in interesting literary discussion. We meet at Shanghai Sally's, next door, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm
. Coffee, tea & cake are available for sale, should you so desire.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 21st June, 7.30pm
at Shanghai Sally's. We will be discussing Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
. I have copies available for sale. Keep an eye out, as Geraldine is in the country and doing a lot of media.
The book for 19th July
is In A Strange Room by David Galgut
. I encourage you to read this one too. Please let me know if you would like me to reserve a copy.
We have decided to select 2 classics for the August book - Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
, and The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
. Read both, or choose one. Both are available in Vintage Classics for $12.95, and both are quite short.
If you would like me to order and reserve a copy of either, or both, please let me know as soon as you can, so we all have plenty of time to enjoy these fantastic books.
This has prompted a number of discussions regarding what a "classic" actually is. I turned to my good friend Google, and found a few opinions.....
A popular consensus is that a classic is accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy, and is essential reading.
GOETHE: Not old, but powerful, fresh and healthy.
ALAN BENNETT: A book everyone is assumed to have read, and which people often think they have read themselves.
MARK TWAIN: Something everybody wants to have read, but nobody wants to read.
EZRA POUND: Something that can be read again and again, with ever deepening pleasure.
Although he is not a person I would agree with in other circumstances, I think Ezra Pound has it.
Mark these dates on your calendar....
Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award for 2011
will be announced on 22nd June
. The shortlist is...THAT DEADMAN DANCE
- Kim ScottBEREFT
- Chris WomersleyWHEN COLTS RAN
- Roger McDonaldMan Booker Prize
longlist for 2011 will be announced on 27th July
. The shortlisted titles will be announced on 6th September
, and the winner on 18th October
SOME FABULOUS NEW BOOKS
STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM - Aung San Suu Kyi
THE CHURCHILLS - Mary S. Lovell
THE HARE WITH THE AMBER EYES - Edmund de Waal
MY HEART WANDERS - Pia Jane Bijkerk
PAST THE SHALLOWS - Favel Parrett
THE LIFE - Malcolm Knox
GOOD LIVING STREET - Tim Bonyhady
CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER - Tom Franklin
Remember that Lyn and I are always happy to recommend books that we have read, or books that we know are good.
BOOK REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is a book widely loved by many. The reason why it is so adored by infatuated readers around the world is clearly obvious. Even though the beginning of the first two books in the series start off quite leisurely, the rest of the books are packed with fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action and drama. The books are positioned in the future and are located in Northern America.
The title of The Hunger Games is such a raw, ferocious title as a group of 24 teenagers are sent into an arena by force, to fight to the death. The Hunger Games is a moving tale of a young girl fighting her way through her mad, heartbreaking, and cruel world. It is a tale of battle, love, family and fighting for rights and freedom. The words in which Suzanne Collins writes lets you feel everything the character is feeling, live what the character is living, and experience what the character has experienced.
Even though it is a fiction novel it can relate to many struggles carried out around the world today. The Hunger Games is such an amazing, creative and unusual story that has captured the love of many people such as myself. It is currently becoming a movie, so I advise fellow readers out there, to read the books before the release of the painstakingly anticipated film. The Hunger Games is certainly a fantastic novel and would leave the reader hungry for more and cursing Suzanne Collins as she has only written three books in the series. It is a book unlike any other and is particularly epic.
Review by Ebony Matthews - 14
(I was very pleased to spend a week with Ebony when she worked in the shop as part of her work experience with St Teresa's Catholic College. She's one of us - a true booklover!)
BOOK DONATIONS APPEAL
|Empty School Library|
Peregian locals John and Cath Blundstone now live in Bali, operating BALI ECO STAY
, a sustainable resort in Kanciana Village near Mount Batukaru. Jane and Michael Richardson recently visited John and Cath, and were stunned by the beauty of the area, and impressed with this sustainable operation.
They were entranced by the beautiful village children, but horrified by the lack of books at the village school. The children have almost nothing. As well as running the resort, John and Cath are very involved with the villagers, assisting them in many ways, including providing the children with books and educational material.
|Joh, Cath and Huey|
We would like to help them in this mission, by collecting any books, old or new, which would be suitable for any age group from infancy
upwards. Please drop any book donations at the shop, and Jane will get them to Bali.
You can see what John and Cath are doing on www.baliecostay.com
This month we have a FANTASTIC prize for our newsletter giveaway. This one's for the boys - it's a big, fat hardback - Vietnam: the Illustrated Edition by Paul Ham.
All you have to do is email the answer to this question (the first one received is the winner - this one's a bit harder!)
Who was widely accepted as the first literary detective, and served as the prototype for literally thousands of characters since his creation and publication in 1841? The author was an American, born in 1809.