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May 2013

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Dear Annie,


Mary-Lou, Loani and Jan
Mary-Lou, Loani and Jan.


 Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at Annie's Books was a triumph! Over 200 morning tea tickets were sold, as well as a record number of raffle tickets. The auction, which was held by real estate auctioneer Gordon MacDonald, featured 6 original tea cosies knitted by Loani Prior, a leather bound very limited edition of "Fishes of the Open Ocean" by Julian Pepperell and a limited edition drawing by Christopher May; and achieved a very impressive sum, just short of $2,000.00. (Never underestimate the power of the tea cosy!!) Add to that the money taken for morning tea tickets and raffle tickets, and the sum is well over $4,000.00.


This overwhelming success was due mainly to the organisational skills and tireless effort of Lyn Hay. Each year Lyn puts an enormous amount of energy into this event, focusing on raising as much money as possible to enable to Australian Cancer Council to continue their vital work.


Some very special thanks must go to the Peregian Beach Surf Lifesaving Club who "furnished" the footpath with tables and chairs; Kirk Eddington who opened Skal Coffee (next door) the day before the Morning Tea, and who donated every single cup of coffee and tea on the day; Denis Richardson who carted the tables and chairs and helped with the set up; Sean (the magician) Tretheway who shared some magic with the crowd and then disappeared (!); Palmira Coimbra-Wilkie, Kerry Goudge and Lily Hay the ticket sellers, the multitude of bakers who provided such a delicious array of goodies, the local traders who donated goods and services for the raffle, our book suppliers and publishers who also donated a large variety of books for the raffle, and most of all to all those people who bid in the auction, bought raffle tickets and braved a grey winter's morning to support this fantastic event. Needless to say, the result would have been very different without the involvement of Loani, Julian, Gordon and the family of Christopher May. Thank you to all.


Happy reading,

from Annie & Lyn




Ted Barraclough

Ted is a local Peregian Beach legend. He has been wood carving since he was a small child, growing up in the Queensland bush and using timbers from his home property to make toys for his brothers during the lean war years. By the age of 10, Ted could name all the birds that visited the local creek, and he began to carve them too. Ted spent his work life as a teacher, a profession he loved dearly, but when he retired, there was time to indulge his twin passions and he began to carve birds in earnest.  



The carvings have been created with an emphasis on authentic colours, markings and sizes, and this "hobby" has now become a small but lucrative commercial enterprise. These life size carvings have been literally 'flying out the door", resulting in the Barraclough birds being found in galleries and private collections around the world. Ted was advised to put the images of his works into a book, and this has given us an excuse to celebrate (not that we need one). Join us for wine and nibbles on the footpath where Ted will have a display of some of his birds, along with copies of the book. 



THURSDAY 30th MAY - 6.00pm






Annie's Books is proud to be associated with the 2013 Reality Bites Festival, a weekend of literary events, panel discussions, conversations and workshops featuring some of Australia's finest non-fiction authors. You may like to pick up a program at the bookshop, or check out the program online -

The Festival runs from Thursday 25th July to Sunday 28th July, and most events will be held in the beautiful Cooroy Library (Maple Street, Cooroy).  



Guests include Chris Sarra, who will give the Festival address at the Big Book Club Launch Event, Kristy Chambers, Anne Summers, Mark Dapin, Matthew Condon and (our) Mary-Lou Stephens, just to name a few. It's a terrific lineup! Move quickly as tickets are limited. (Bookings can be made on line, but for those who are technologically challenged, you can purchase tickets at Annie's Books!)




The Festival is coming up fast!  The dates this year are 14-23 June.  As always, there is a huge program - lots of choices available, whether you choose to see one of the great heavyweights of Australian literature, David Malouf, have morning tea with Almost French Sarah Turnbull, enjoy sweet treats with Janelle Bloom or enjoy the brand new David Williamson play "Happiness";  there's so much to see, hear, taste and enjoy - I have programs at the shop, or have a look at the website -  



Annah Faulkner ANNAH FAULKNER, friend and author of The Beloved has been short-listed for the coveted Miles Franklin Award, along with four other female authors. We'll know the result on 19th June. We think that Annah is a deserving winner!!

Big congratulations to Frank Wilkie on the publication of Three One-Act Plays for Adults. You'll find the scripts from Good Grief, Sisters in Paris and Tudo Ou Nada (All or Nothing) in this collection. Australian icon, playwright David Williamson says; "Frank is a playwright audiences love, an all too rare occurrence in the theatre. His plays are pithy, insightful and uproariously funny, and will reward any theatre group that produces them." Of course we have copies available!

Trans Borneo Challenge  




Casey Murtagh - mere mortal - will be undertaking the ORAGUTAN ODYSSEY: TRANS BORNEO CHALLENGE, a 900km trek through the wilds of Borneo in August, to raise money to assist the endangered Orangutans of that country. Crazy? Yes! But Casey has done this before and raised a considerable sum of money. We would like to help her with this superhuman mission. If you would like to help too, please purchase one or more raffle tickets from the shop - the prize is a Massage at Element in Coolum Beach and an Annie's Books gift voucher. We also have a fundraising tin in the shop where you can make a simple, anonymous cash donation. I love to see people work so hard towards seemingly insurmountable goals - good on you Casey - best of luck! (For more info....    

"Go further than you planned. Ask for the moon: you'll be surprised how often you get it."    - Paul Coehlo 




INFERNO - Dan Brown


THE SON - Philipp Meyer


PARIS - Edward Rutherfurd


BLOOD & BEAUTY - Sarah Dunant


IT'S ALL GOOD - Gwyneth Paltrow




PETER BEARD - Beard & Aronson


To name just a few....

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