Annie's News - January 2017

Annie's Books on Peregian
8 Kingfisher Dve - Ph (07) 5448 2053

Another year closes and we are into 2017. Last year was a great one for us all at Annie's Books. We have a few things planned for 2017 - see our events at the end of the newsletter.
I am very excited to be part of the Noosa Longweekend Festival for 2017. I can promise an exciting and different line-up in the Literature program, but of course it's all still secret at this point!

Thanks once again to my trusty sidekicks Rachel and Palmira, who are invaluable in creating and maintaining this wonderful little literary hub. 

Here are memories from a handful of our wonderful events from 2016...

Tim Heard

The rock star of native beekeeping Tim Heard launched his bestselling Australian Native Bee Book.
Dr Marisha McCauliffe presented her two books on colour theory.

Shelley Davidow launched her magnificent family biography Whispering in the Blood.

Young Western Australian writer Sam Carmody was a terrific guest; he presented his gritty novel, The Windy Season.

As always, I was thrilled to work with my friends from Noosa Library Service on a number of events. Benjamin Law, Annabelle Brayley and Gregg Dreise visited the Library for Queensland Week.

Liz and Tracey from Noosa Library Service, and I all had a ball with Graeme Simsion, author of the bestselling Rosie Project, when he presented his new novel The Best of Adam Sharp.

Noosa Library Service and Annie's Books partnered in a lunch event with Tim Winton. Tim was in conversation with the lovely and talented Mary Lou Stephens. Those who know me will realise that this was probably my happiest day since opening my shop. Tim was a perfect, generous and eloquent guest - and I'm still smiling!

Fiona McIntosh, one of the country's favourite authors, joined us for a delicious literary lunch at the River Deck Restaurant. Fiona was in conversation with Mary Lou Stephens - they discussed Fiona's new novel The Chocolate Tin, amongst other things!

Tom Wegener is a local and international hero of surfboard shaping, and all-round lovely man. We were thrilled to launch his brand new book Surfboard Artisans: For the Love, which is proving to be a bestseller.

What a way to end our year's events! The wonderful Bob Irwin and Amanda French visited us, along with folks from Wildlife HQ, and some scaly friends.

Throughout the year we visited a number of schools with Jacqueline Harvey, Soraya Nicholas and Peter Carnavas. It is a treat to see the children loving the visiting authors and loving books in general!

On many weekends throughout the year you will have found a variety of authors presenting their books out the front of the shop. We love to give emerging authors the opportunity to show their wares. We will certainly continue this in the new year. Watch our Facebook page and our website for up to date information.

For someone who could barely communicate for the first 30 years of his life, Peter Rowe - artist, illustrator, writer and performer - has certainly made up for lost time.

Peter William Rowe was born in December 1964 with Down syndrome. Speech was, and still is, difficult for Peter due to muscle tone and movement difficulties associated with his disability. For 30 years he could communicate only on a very restricted level and his family and those who know him believed he had very little understanding and comprehension.

But Peter's life changed dramatically in 1994 when he was introduced to 
Facilitated Communication (FC) - a strategy that allows him to communicate by pointing to letters on a keyboard.  Learning to communicate through Facilitated Communication has opened up a whole new world of personal and creative expression for Peter.

Previously unable to express his everyday thoughts and feelings, FC has unleashed Peter's innate creativity and he has become a prolific and insightful writer. His writings cover many genres including poetry, short stories, fantasy, children's stories and narratives on his own life. Peter has self-published seven children's books including a four-book 
 Josh the Robot series, which saw him team up with a graphic designer to produce all of the stunning illustrations. He started a Creative Writing degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2009 (now on hold) and is currently working on a new Josh book, and a memoir with the assistance of a ghostwriter.

Josh is a robot with lights on his head and noise that comes from his feet when he is pushed along. But things don't go so well for Josh when Andrew tries to introduce him to the other toys in his bedroom.

Find out how Josh finally gains acceptance and makes new friends...

  • acceptance
  • being different
  • teasing

The other toys in Andrew's room liked to tease Josh because he had a funny red button on his belly.

None of the toys asked Josh what the button did.

They just laughed at him because he was different to them...

... One day the toys were playing under the bed, while Andrew was still asleep, but they wouldn't let Josh join in.

They called him mean names like "Button Belly" and "Big Red Button Machine."

That made Josh sad and he started to cry oily tears
SATURDAY 14th JANUARY - 10.00am until midday 

A young St George mother has turned her story of living with brain injury after a horror cycling accident into a new book, The Gift - Finding Strength Within When you Need it Most. 

Almost a year ago to the day, Emily was in a life-threatening accident while on a morning cycle with two mates. 

The dynamic business owner's well-ordered life imploded as she lay in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) at Princess Alexandra Hospital with a range of physical injuries, memory and sight issues and acquired brain injury. 

Emily's book is her reaction to her new situation and her ongoing recovery and rehabilitation which has affected not only herself but all those around her. 

"My outlook on life will never be the same," Emily said. 

Emily's RFDS flight from St George to Brisbane on the 21 February last year was delayed by Cyclone Marcia. 

Finally arriving at Princess Alexandra Hospital immediate and extensive testing revealed a brain trauma with Emily unable to recall her name, age or where she lived. 

Over the next six weeks, Emily was involved in intensive treatment and rehabilitation involving speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. It took time for her to come to terms with her condition and that life would never be the same for her again. 

During her six weeks in hospital, Emily's friends and the St George community rallied around creating a timetable to provide the care needed for her three children to maintain a relatively normal life. 

"I was brought to tears when I returned home and saw the timetable of activities and the freezer full of home cooked meals." 

Emily has framed her story around the nine signature strengths she believes are essential to creating a well-lived life. 


SUNDAY 15th JANUARY - 10.00am - 12.00 midday 

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore's TIMECrime imprint in 2014.

An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.
SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY - 10.00am 

Born in 1942 to an Irish father and Australian mother, Sallyanne Atkinson has had a long career as a politician and corporate board member. A non-executive company director since 1991, she is a former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and former Senior Trade Commissioner to Paris. She was also Chair of Queensland Tourism and Special Representative for Queensland in South East Asia. She now works as a business strategist and corporate advisor, drawing on her extensive experience in government, politics, management, arts and the community. Sallyanne is a mother of five children and a proud grandmother. She lives in Brisbane.

No Job for a Woman
 takes us from Sallyanne's wartime childhood in Sri Lanka to her first jobs as a journalist and TV personality. Driven to make a difference in her community, she entered local politics and went on to become the first female Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

For the first time, Sallyanne shares the challenges and triumphs of a life devoted to public service in Australia and abroad, including her role in three Olympic bids. Told with warmth and humour, this inspiring story reveals how one woman defied the expectations of a generation.

WEDNESDAY 15th MARCH - 12.00 midday
$55.00 PER PERSON - Bookings Essential - 5448 2053.
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