Annie's News - October 2016

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

It's been a busy few months - and so much fun! Our author's seat has been busy - we often have an author sitting out the front of the shop on a weekend. Authors get so little feedback from the public, so pop down and say hello - we have some interesting people coming! We are excited to be welcoming Tom Wegener, veteran of the surfboard shaping industry, and Harold Hunt, an indigenous man with an extraordinary history. Also the fabulous Fiona McIntosh! You can keep up to date by subscribing to our newsletter, and keeping an eye on our Facebook or website.

We are so grateful to have partnered with the NOOSA LIBRARY SERVICE for two very big events. It's such fun plotting and planning with our friends Liz Bleechmore and Tracey King - and of course, sharing that glass of wine once it all comes to fruition. GRAEME SIMSION joined us for lunch at the Noosa Waterfront restaurant, to launch his new novel THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP. Graeme chatted with Mary-Lou Stephens about this new, music themed book, and its parallels with his own life. TIM WINTON joined us at the River Deck Restaurant on Noosa Marina. Besides being the only grey and wet day in this stunning spring, it was a terrific event! Again Mary-Lou chatted with Tim about his wonderful new memoir THE BOY BEHIND THE CURTAIN - an eloquent and surprisingly candid insight into Tim's own life. One of the best days of my bookselling career!

Annie with Graeme Simsion and Noosa Library Service_s Liz and Tracey
Annie with Graeme Simsion and Noosa Library Service's Liz and Tracey

Tim Winton at the River Deck
Tim Winton at the River Deck

I hate to mention the C word, but Christmas is approaching, and we are already wrapping Christmas presents. We offer layby for those who want to make a start, and also complimentary gift wrapping. We are also very happy to help with your selection.

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HAROLD HUNT - Along My Way
HAROLD HUNT _ Along My Way
Along My Way (Glasshouse Books 2016) is the autobiography of 91-year old Harold Hunt, an Indigenous man whose extraordinary life has spanned some of the most significant developments in Aboriginal social history in this country.

Harold's story begins in far western NSW during the Great Depression. Born in 1925 to a half-caste mother and a white father, Harold was one of ten children.

Armed with just a primary school education and much ambition, he grabbed whatever work he was offered to support his family, picking up assorted trade skills along the way, all manual labour.

By his forties, Harold had established himself as a "gun" shearer - with a wife and four children dependent on his wage. He also became a chronic alcoholic, and an abusive husband and father.

Harold's eventual recovery from addiction not only saved his life; it forged his ambition to help others.

He worked his way into the NSW Health Commission in the early 1970s, then moved to the Justice Department, gaining respect among his colleagues as his programs proved effective in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction.

Harold's remarkable memory, acute observations and gentle sense of humour make his story a delight to read.

SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
TOM WEGENER - Surfboard Artisans: For the Love

TOM WEGENER _ Surfboard Artisans_ For the Love
Tom is a veteran of Australian surfboard making, and a much loved Sunshine Coast local. We are very excited to be launching Tom's long-awaited book about his place in the rich cultural history of the surfboard industry.

In 2013, Tom took a break from making surfboards to attend the University of the Sunshine Coast and write a PhD on the sustainability of the surfboard industry.  He found that the amazing resiliency of the surfboard industry has come from its unique culture which has been passed down from generation to generation. 

Tom has turned his PhD thesis into a book, "Surfboard Artisans For the Love". . Since finishing his thesis, Tom has returned to making surfboards.

THURSDAY 27th OCTOBER - 6.00pm
ANN MOORHOUSE - My Sunshine Coast

ANN MOORHOUSE _ My Sunshine Coast
We are thrilled to have a new book promoting the paradise of the Sunshine Coast.  Anne Moorhouse explores the diversity of locations and introduces some of the people who contribute to the Coast's appeal. The book is full of beautiful photography showcasing  the beaches,  the hinterland, and our various national parks, from Caloundra to Noosa.
SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
BOB IRWIN & AMANDA FRENCH - The Last Crocodile Hunter: A Father & Son Legacy

"When the world lost Steve, the animals lost the best friend
they ever had, and so did I." - Bob Irwin

BOB IRWIN _ AMANDA FRENCH _ The Last Crocodile Hunter_ A Father _ Son Legacy
Bob Irwin is a true Australian legend and we are delighted to announce that his memoir, THE LAST CROCODILE HUNTER: A FATHER AND SON LEGACY, will be published on Wednesday October 26, 2016, and that Bob will be visiting us on 12th November.

Co-authored with trusted friend Amanda French, the book uncovers the man behind the legend and explains how a plumber from Melbourne became a conservation pioneer, began Australia Zoo and raised his wildlife warrior son, the great Steve Irwin.
The book opens with a real tear-jerker - a remarkable letter from a 32-year-old Steve to his Mum and Dad which Bob only found this year (attached). The unopened envelope (inscribed: Please be happy to know that your strength and wisdom have been passed on) fell from a book during Bob's research for this book.

THE LAST CROCODILE HUNTER details a remarkable father/son relationship that built a worldwide audience for Steve and inspired people around the world to follow their passion.

SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
ZANE HACKER - Antarctic Sundays

ZANE HACKER _ Antarctic Sundays
A cooking adventure in a remarkable place.

Zane Hacker spent 14 months living at Mawson Station, this book follows his journey and is memoir, travel and cookery rolled into a visual wonder.

Zane is a chef who worked for the Australian Antarctic Division as a chef/boating operator. His book takes you on a visual journey of the Antarctic landscape and he also shares with you the challenges of living in a remote and isolated community.

Pop down to chat with Zane before he heads off the the Antarctic for his 10th tour.

SUNDAY 13th NOVEMBER - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
FIONA McINTOSH - The Chocolate Tin

FIONA McINTOSH _ The Chocolate Tin
Fiona McIntosh, the chart-topping author of The Perfumer's Secret, brings us a sensuous novel about family duty, honour and the intoxication of forbidden love; and chocolate.

The Chocolate Tin is a heart wrenching novel from one Australia's most loved storytellers, taking us from the beautiful historic town of York to the horrifying trenches of the First World War.  I won't tell you much more, except that you can expect the same high standard of storytelling as you'll find in her other novels.  This time Fiona has travelled to the famous chocolate destinations of Belgium, Bruges, Switzerland and Austria to do her research (and eat chocolate!), and also to the battlefields of Northern France.  It was here in the battlefields that she found a chocolate tin which inspired the story.

This will be Fiona's 11th book, all of which have been bestsellers.  We invited Fiona, as she is a warm, witty and very entertaining guest.  We can guarantee a good time will be had by all!

FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER - 12.00
$55.00 per person - includes a 2 course lunch & welcoming glass of bubbles
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