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November 2011

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Wow - it's been very busy in my little corner of the world! We loved our evening with Lesley Synge, who graced the footpath and treated us to beautiful haiku and tales of rainforest journeys. Then we had lunch with clairvoyant healer BelindaGrace, with our great friends at Trio's on the River. BelindaGrace has promised to return, as we all wanted more. Intrepid diver, author and underwater photographer Nigel Marsh graced our lovely footpath with tales of his underwater exploits, and the story of HMAS Brisbane.


Julia Cohen, Jeb, Annie & BelindaGrace
Julia Cohen, Jeb, Annie & BelindaGrace


 I love my community, and was so thrilled to put together the School Book Fair for Peregian State School. I hope that the children, teachers and parents enjoyed my selection of books. It was the first time I have done this, so next year will be bigger and better! Thanks also to the lovely Shelley Davidow, who spoke so beautifully at the parents' evening at the end of the Fair.


Happy reading,

from Annie & Lyn




Indie Bound

I have recently joined a program called Indie Bound, which is an initiative of the ABA (Australian Booksellers Association). To quote Indie Bound:  


"Independent booksellers seek out those books that feed the soul and satisfy the mind. We can introduce you to the gem of a book that may have remained undiscovered. We are the resources, the readers, and the enthusiasts who help to keep our communities thriving, learning and celebrating our independents!"  


Their catchphrase is "Eat, Sleep & Read Local", something which we all need to do if our smaller, unique retail communities are to survive.



Annie and Kaz

Kaz Cooke recently dropped in to the shop. Her new book Women's Stuff is going to be a bestseller, just like Up the Duff, Girl Stuff and Kidwrangling have been. Apparently every doctor in Australia has been sent a blurb on the book; it will fit nicely on any woman's bookshelf.





I'm often asked about e-books and the impact on booksellers.  This is from one of my industry magazines - I think it sums up things pretty well......    


"My customers still have all sorts of reasons for purchasing printed books. The collector of first editions; the new mother passing her childhood favorites down to the next generation; the reader of forgotten and esoteric texts unavailable digitally - all are seeking out a new experience greater than the words on the page.
The e-book can't replicate that experience, and it doesn't have to. E-books are fantastic at keeping us reading; traditional books are great at reminding us why we started in the first place.
We're fortunate to live in a world where we don't have to decide on one or the other."
- Michael Popek in his Wall Street Journal piece, "I'm a Used Bookseller and I'm Not Afraid of E-Books".




Annah Lee Faulkner for The Beloved


Annah is a local writer and enthusiastic reader. We are all so proud of her for this incredible achievement, and look forward to celebrating the launch of The Beloved right here in Peregian! 


"The Beloved is a witty and engaging family drama. It balances a subtle, charming portrait of the artist as a young woman against an acutely observed evocation of family relationships, in particular the complex dynamic between mother and daughter. The narrative moves with vigorous energy, effortlessly sustaining humour, pathos and drama. Through it all, the voice of the narrator, Roberta, sparkles with freshness and authenticity as she recounts her coming-of-age story with a winning charm. Blending the true-to-life power of a memoir, with the craft and entertainment of a novel, this is an accomplished piece of writing, reflective of great talent."



Peregian Community HouseI remember when my children were young, and I craved for adult conversation. Anne Jobling and Jan Dingle have solved this situation for mothers of today's littlies, and have scheduled Children, Coffee & Conversation mornings at our beautiful Peregian Community House (pictured).  


The next one is on Monday November 21st from 9-11am. Come along and enjoy morning tea with other parents, whilst your children enjoy fun activities with the other children.  


Contact Anne for details: 5455 3481.



Dogs and Their Families

Peregian is full of unbelievably talented people, as we all know. One of these people, photographer Craig Holmes, has a very interesting and exciting project underway. Craig is looking for dogs and their families to be photographed and featured in the first edition of Dogs and their Families, a gorgeous, limited edition coffee table book. Every dog and their family will have their own page in the book. There is a small fee to become involved, but the whole thing is a fundraiser for the RSPCA. 


Craig is not biased - he is also working on Cats and their Families, and I have already signed up to immortalise my moggy. Have a look at the website for more details, and take a moment to look at Craig's superb photography. He can be contacted on 0402 298 156.



Jamie Durie

 Jamie is an internationally known and respected landscape designer, horticulturist, author and TV host among other things. We will be celebrating the release of Jamie's latest book 100 Gardens, which is a beautifully produced book, featuring 100 stunning and inspirational garden designs. This is a great opportunity to meet this charming and clever Australian gardening icon.


A lovely book signed by Jamie could make a unique Christmas gift. If you can't get to the event, just ask us to organise a signed copy or you, and if you do decide to attend the event - BOOK NOW! We know this is going to be very popular, so don't miss out.


JAMIE DURIE - 100 Gardens


OUTRIGGER LITTLE HASTINGS STREET (entry via top of Viewland Drive)


$20.00 per person (Bookings Essential!) 


Back to Africa!


Shelley DavidowSHELLEY DAVIDOW is originally from South Africa. She grew up in a bi-racial family at the height of Apartheid and has lived and worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Germany, Qatar, USA and now Australia. Since 2009 she has been an English teacher at the Noosa Pengari Steiner School. Shelley has been published widely in the areas of children's and YA fiction, and is the author of 36 books! Her memoir, Eye of the Moon, has been critically acclaimed. It is an emotionally intense and poetic piece of writing, touching on the subjects of love, forgiveness, identity and fixed perceptions, set against the backdrop of the changing political face of South Africa.


Paul WilliamsPAUL WILLIAMS was born in the UK, but grew up in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. He completed a PhD in English in the USA, and has lived and taught in the Middle East, Europe and the USA. His memoir, Soldier Blue was voted Book of the Year in 2008 in South Africa. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Soldier Blue is presently being considered for a Hollywood film interpretation. It is a brilliant, captivating and deeply moving coming-of-age memoir, set against the backdrop of the Rhodesian Bush War of the 1970s. Paul's writing sparkles with wit, irony and pathos as he explores the appalling truths of the battlefield, and the fragile world of romantic love.


FlagsWhat a treat! Two fantastic authors, speaking about two of the most troubled and the most beautiful countries on the planet. Don't miss this one!




THURSDAY 1st December - 6pm 




Ange Takats

In April we launched Ange Takats' wonderful memoir Buffalo Funeral: Songbites from a Songbird in Siam. Ange delighted us with a handful of songs, which entranced the large audience on the footpath. Of course we didn't get enough! Ange is coming back to grace the footpath with a collection of songs old and new, to celebrate the festive season.  


Ange's BookThis is most likely Ange's final free gig! Late night shopping will be happening in Peregian Beach Village, so come down and enjoy some brilliant music, the eclectic shops and a fantastic range of restaurants and drinking spots. It really is heaven on earth!


Xmas WreathANGE TAKATS - Songbird

THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER from 6.00pm

An evening of beautiful music.

Free of charge - On the footpath.


Zachary's Peregian

Our book club meets on the third Tuesday of the month, at Zachary's Restaurant & Bar in Peregian Beach. If the restaurant is busy, there is a back area which we can use. Come at 7.00pm if you wish to enjoy one of Zachary's famous pizzas, or at 7.30pm if you wish to join for the discussion only.


For the November meeting on Tuesday 15th, we have decided that each of us should bring a book we have enjoyed, and give a short talk about the various aspects of the book and why it has resounded with us. We have all agreed that December is too busy for anyone to commit to Book Club, so we will miss that meeting and meet again on Tuesday January 19th if it suits everyone.



Understanding Women

The book "Understanding Women" has finally arrived in book stores.







 "To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries."    


- A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel) 

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