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November 2009 Annie's News
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Dear Annie,
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. 

A high 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!

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Happy reading,
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 newsletter.

Alex Miller 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.



WEDNESDAY 18th NOVEMBER - 5.00pm for 5.30 start


$35.00 per person (Bookings Essential 5448 2053 or


Judy NunnSpend 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!




$15 per person (includes canapés)

Bookings essential: Maroochy Library - 5475 8900

Fishes of the Open OceanAuthor 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




BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL - Loani 5471 0327 or

Wolf Hall"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 charmer.
Queensland Premier's Literary Award winners for 2009 are Richard Flanagan for "WANTING" (Fiction), and Chloe Hooper for "THE TALL MAN" (Non-Fiction).
"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.

The Orchid File 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!

Kali Crofts

THE YOUNGEST TEMPLAR by Michael P. Spradlin
The Youngest Templar 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 children.
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