Annie's Books on Peregian
8 Kingfisher Dve - Ph (07) 5448 2053
I have just returned from a trip to the Ubud Writers and
Readers Festival in Ubud, Bali. It
was an experience which I will treasure for many years to come. The four day Festival was themed "Suka
Duka: Compassion and Solidarity", and featured writers from all parts of the
globe, including Australia.
point for me was attending a very plush outdoor party at a large mansion and
garden belonging to an Australian expat and patron of the Festival. Who should plop down on the couch
beside me, but Wole Soyinka, who was the first African to be awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize for Literature, and who had spoken beautifully that day in a
discussion on the meaning of Compassion.
I attended two events with Vikas Swarup (Q & A and Slumdog
Millionaire) who spoke like a dream! There were too many high points to
mention, and I cannot settle on a favourite event. This Festival was a triumph of organisation, and one which
everyone should consider attending in years to come.
Janet de Neefe has given so much to this small town of Ubud,
and to Bali and Indonesia as a whole, involving literally hundreds of people
over the Festival week, and providing intelligent and captivating discussion in
an exotic, green location. The town
of Ubud was absolutely gorgeous, and my accommodation at Janet de Neefe's "Honeymoon
Guesthouse" was fit for a princess!
Check out the website - www.ubudwritersfestival.com
Here's a few snaps.....click to zoom in!
from Annie & Lyn
||We have a lot happening in the little time remaining of
2009. One of my very favourite
authors, Alex Miller, is coming to promote his new book "Lovesong", Judy Nunn
and husband Bruce Venables are on their way to promote Judy's new book
"Maralinga", and Julian Pepperell is launching his stunning new book "Fishes of
the Open Ocean". There are too
many great new books to mention, but I'll list a few at the end of the
ALEX MILLER - "LOVE SONG"
A story of desire, love and
marriage, the passing of time and the ache of regret, LOVESONG is the tender
and enthralling new novel from the multi-award-winning Australian novelist,
Alex Miller, which acknowledges that "love is never simple". This will be a very special event, as
Alex Miller is one of our most profound and interesting writers. Enjoy this intimate event with a glass
of wine and canapés at the wonderful COCONUT GROVE BAR & BISTRO.
ALEX MILLER - "LOVESONG"
COCONUT GROVE BAR & BISTRO,
WEDNESDAY 18th NOVEMBER -
5.00pm for 5.30 start
WELCOMING GLASS OF WINE &
$35.00 per person (Bookings
Essential 5448 2053 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
JUDY NUNN - "MARALINGA"
Spend an evening with actor/author Judy Nunn as she presents
her fabulous new novel, "Maralinga" at the Mooloolaba Surf Club on Thursday 19th
November at 6.30pm. The cost is
$15 per person, which includes talk and canapés. This event is being hosted by Sunshine Coast Libraries, and
bookings are essential on 5475 8900 (Maroochydore Library). Judy has visited the Coast on a few
occasions in the past, and she is a wonderful, warm and eloquent speaker. I'll be there for sure!
JUDY NUNN - MARALINGA
THURSDAY 19th NOVEMBER 6.30PM
MOOLOOLABA SURF CLUB
$15 per person (includes canapés)
Bookings essential: Maroochy Library - 5475 8900
"FISHES OF THE OPEN OCEAN" - JULIAN PEPPERELL
Author and scientist Julian Pepperell is launching his
magnificent book, "Fishes of the Open Ocean" at Kawana Waters Hotel (on the
deck) on TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER.
Enjoy drinks and nibbles by the water. This will be a fabulous event that will appeal to weekend
line-dippers, professional anglers or anybody interested in our ocean
life. All enquiries and
bookings to Loani Prior (of "Wild Tea Cosies" fame) on 5471 0327 or email email@example.com
JULIAN PEPPERELL - FISHES OF THE OPEN OCEAN
TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER 6.30pm
KAWANA WATERS HOTEL - on the deck
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL - Loani 5471 0327 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"WOLF HALL" by Hilary Mantel has won the Man Booker Prize
for Literature 2009. This novel is
set in England in the 1520s when Henry 8th was on the throne. The main character is Thomas Cromwell,
son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a bully and a
Queensland Premier's Literary Award winners for 2009 are
Richard Flanagan for "WANTING" (Fiction), and Chloe Hooper for "THE TALL MAN"
"THE LADIES LOUNGE" has recently opened in Peregian Beach
Village. Treat yourself to a
manicure, a pedicure or some acrylic nails from Tuesday to Saturday. The salon is next to "Fred and Ginger"
on David Low Way. Phone for an
appointment - 5471 2222. Wow, you
can really get just about anything and everything here in Peregian Beach!
"ZUMBA FITNESS" with the beautiful Gemma
Townsend. Shake off the blues with
the moves! Gemma holds Zumba dance
fitness classes on Mondays and Fridays at the Peregian Beach Bowls Club, and in
other locations. For details, call
Gemma on 0402 240 501. (For a
testimonial, pop in to the shop and ask Lyn - she loves Zumba!)
||There are heaps of great books available over all
genres. Please let us giftwrap for
any occasion - yes, we have Christmas paper! Lay by is an excellent option for making Christmas easier on
the pocket. As always, we're very
happy to help you choose just the right book for you or for a gift, and we're
also happy to order books CDs and DVDs if they are not here on the shelf.
SOME FANTASTIC NEW BOOKS...
Local author DAVID HILTON has released a thriller with a
Noosa flavour. It's called "The
Orchid File: The Noosa Connection". A Thai orchid exporter is suspected of
being linked to a drug syndicate bringing drugs into Australia. The action moves from Noosa to the
Golden Triangle, with twists and turns which will keep you glued to the end.
STEPHANIE ALEXANDER'S KITCHEN GARDEN COMPANION - Another
big, fat volume overflowing with information on kitchen gardening with 73
different herbs, vegetables and fruits, along with 250 recipes. Whether you have a large plot in a
suburban backyard or a few pots on the balcony, you'll find everything you need
in this garden-to-table guide.
LACUNA by BARBARA KINGSOLVER - It has been ten years since Kingsolver's
last novel, and the wait has been worth it. LACUNA is a fiction wrapped around the story of Frida Kahlo
and Diego Rivera, with Trotsky thrown in.
This is a rich and compelling novel which will appeal to book clubs and
any discerning reader.
LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER by JOHN IRVING - I have read
every word John Irving has written;
you could almost say he's my favourite. Although I have yet to read this one, I can recommend his
books as big, dense and quirky journeys - always unpredictable!
BLOOD'S A ROVER by JAMES ELLROY. American crime fiction at its grittiest. This is part three in Ellroy's U.S.A.
Underworld Trilogy (#1 American Tabloid and #2 The Cold Six Thousand) which
features such characters as Howard Hughes and J.Edgar Hoover. "A ghastly tale of political
malfeasance and imperialistic black juju from 1968-1972." (Ellroy)
A LIFE ON PITTWATER by SUSAN DUNCAN. Susan Duncan's move to Pittwater
changed her life forever, as she relates in her two books "Salvation Creek" and
"The House at Salvation Creek".
This new book is Susan's tribute to Pittwater; its magic and its sense
of community. Susan's text conveys
the warmth and heart of Pittwater, whilst the stunning photographs by Anthony Ong
capture its visual beauty. A magnificent publication!
THE YOUNGEST TEMPLAR by
Michael P. Spradlin
If you like adventure quest
at its best, then this book is for you.
Sixteen year old Tristan doesn't have much of a life. He has never known his parents. So when
an unexpected chance to go on crusade with the Templar Knights comes up,
Tristan seizes the chance and gets himself into a series of extraordinary
travels. I could not put this book
down, and I can't wait until the next book. I give "The Youngest Templar" four and a half stars out of five.
"RUSTY GOES EXPLORING"
Rusty the little red Dexter
bull has found a hole in the fence.
Will he find his way back home to see his family and friends at
Cloverdale Farm. This is the first
book in the new series "Adventures at Cloverdale Farm" which feature
Rusty. Dexters are the smallest
naturally occurring British cattle breed.
They are friendly and curious, easy to train and respond well to