“We all have a story to tell”…Faye B

“We all have a story to tell”…Faye Bohling inspired the audience at her talk today at Boya Community Centre about telling your story. Hers is a fascinating one, sad but touching and uplifting. If you’d like to read it, you can reserve the library copy at http://ow.ly/AmtX30epG1y, or read a preview or purchase at http://ow.ly/4H1230epG5H . http://ow.ly/i/xHKud http://ow.ly/i/xHKuT http://ow.ly/i/xHKy6

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Author Talk with Faye Bohling at Boya Library

Very excited to have Faye Bohlingtalk about her book The Laundry Girl at Boya Community Centre at 10.30am on 15 August!

Bookings at http://ow.ly/5NuO30e6cpq

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Last week KSP writer- in- residence, Lee

LeeBattersbytalkLast week KSP writer- in- residence, Lee Battersby gave most generously to the appreciative audience at Mundaring Library. He spoke about how writing functions as an art form, how it is mediated through language (we don’t all see the same carrot), and how it is an art form that requires the reader to be co-creator. He spoke about his marvellous book, released last year, ‘Magrit’. This is a story about a girl who lives in a cemetery that has no designated entrance or exit. Lee explained that his son suffered a long period of potentially life-threatening illness. The book was written during this period, a little each day, with intense involvement and interest from his son. The book has sold untitledout and is due to be reprinted. Lee also treated his audience to a reading from his new work, ‘Ghost Tracks’. The audience was delighted by Lee, his work and his attitude of wonder.

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Read! Your stress levels will decrease!

Read! Your stress levels will decrease! Did you see the Sunday Times article last weekend about joining a book club? It quoted a study which monitored the stress levels of volunteers who tried different relaxation levels and found that stress levels decreased by 60 per cent after only six minutes of reading! So…more reasons to join the library, join a book club, browse a book shop – if you needed any, that is! http://ow.ly/i/wnw7g

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Places are still available at the ‘Nyit

Places are still available at the ‘Nyitting Time with Rebecca Garlett’ school holiday events for primary school aged children this week. For Boya Library on Wednesday 5 July 11am-12 noon book at http://ow.ly/jTYK30dgvr7, and for Mundaring Library on Thursday 6 July 12 pm to 1pm book at http://ow.ly/31yp30dgvtR


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Tall Man by Chloe Hooper – mini book review

tallmanThis Monday’s mini-review is from Mundaring School for Seniors Book Club, and the book they have just read is Tall Man by Chloe Hooper, a non-fiction book about the death of an Aboriginal man in custody which has been serialised on SBS. In 2004 on Palm Island, Cameron Doomadgee died just one hour after being arrested. The inquest found the police officer involved had a case to answer, but he was acquitted in 2007. The Tall Man examines this case and its ramifications but in a way that has continually gripped readers and won the author awards and accolades. The book club found the book is a balanced and well-researched work. It was rated 8/10 by the club with ratings from 4 through to several 9s. The book club said that though the subject matter is difficult, it is a compelling read and definitely recommended. http://ow.ly/i/wiZmc

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My Life in a Pea Soup by Lisa Nops

Today’s mini book review is thanks to the First Tuesday Book Club, and is about ‘My Life untitledin a Pea Soup’, by Lisa Nops. It is an autobiography about raising a child with autism, and follows Lisa’s journey across three continents to try to understand and help her daughter. The book club gave it 8/10 and recommends it as good read for everyone. It was “easy to understand” with straightforward prose. Readers connected with the author from start to finish. This book won the Finch Prize for Memoir in 2012. http://ow.ly/i/vRIF8

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Lost and Found by Brooke Davis

This week’s mini book review is courtesy of the First Tuesday Book Club. ‘Lost and lostbrookeFound’ by Brooke Davis has three main characters: a 7 year-old girl with red, curly hair and gumboots, an 82 year-old widow who stays home and yells at passersby, and an 87 year-old man who escapes from a nursing home. An certain event brings them altogether, and their unusual collaboration has some surprising and poignant effects. The Book Club gave this debut novel 7 out of 10, and found the representation of the different age groups and the way grief is dealt with interesting. All the readers liked the ending, although some found it “a bit over the top” in parts. Not everyone liked the book as a whole, but most did. http://ow.ly/i/vDLG9

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – mini-review

Monday’s mini-review by Mundaring School for Seniors Book Club is on ‘The Red Tent’ redteby Anita Diamant. This has been around since 1997 but is continually being borrowed, so much so that we have had to replace our copies more than once. The book is loosely based on the story of Dinah in the book of Genesis. Members of the book club enjoyed the “brilliant historical research”, and that it was an “easy read’ which provided a wonderful insight into women’s lives in biblical times. Not all members of the book club were impressed however, with scoring out of ten ranging from 0 to 8.5! Perhaps you have read it yourself? What did you think? http://ow.ly/i/vbZFO

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For children under 6, a special book rea

For children under 6, a special book reading and illustration activity with Gabriel Evans, artist and illustrator. Gabriel has illustrated over 15 children’s books. Check out his blog at http://ow.ly/bQT030c3Ef4 to view some of his wonderful work. As part of the heARTlines public program, Gabriel will read through his most recent publication, ‘Captain Sneer the Buccaneer’, and after the interactive reading session will invite children to draw the captain and other images from this book. This free event is on Tuesday 6 June from 10am to 11.30am and is for children aged under six. Bookings can be made at http://www.mundaringartscentre.com.au, or call the library on 9290 6755. A fantastic opportunity not to be missed! http://ow.ly/i/vc0yG

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