3rd Wednesday Book Club- January 2013- Summer Reads

Welcome back! It was great to see everyone back after a safe and happy festive season. The first of our themes this year is Summer Reads. This is our interpretation of the Read Play Watch reading themes this year. Read Play Watch is an initiative of the NSW Readers Advisory Working Group, who last year were responsible for bringing us our lovely National Year of Reading themes. This year at Nowra Library we will be loosely following the Read Play Watch themes with our own special twist. Here we go!  

Summer Reads

Murder on the Ballarat Train by
Kerry Greenwood
Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears  
Man in the Dark by Paul Auster
Trouble at the Little Village School by Gervase Phinn
Winter Journal by Paul Auster
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
The Woman Reader by Belinda Jack
Summer Lies by Bernhard Schlink 
Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas
The Forgotten Wars by C.A Bayly
New Finnish Grammar by Diego Maravi 
The Golden Land by Di Morrissey
The Foundling by Agnes Desarthe
The Mousetrap by Ruth Hanka Eigner  
After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold
The Streets by Anthony Quinn
Poet’s Cottage by Josephine Pennicott
Medea by Kerry Greenwood
The Dinosaur Feather by Sisset Jo Gazan
Flying Crows by Jim Lehrer
Maestro by Peter Goldsworthy
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Wanting by Richard Flanagan  
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Possession: A Romance by A.S Byatt
The Tenderness of Wolves by Steph Penney
The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster

Most talked about reads

Winter Journal by Paul Auster

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold

Author Love-In – Kerry Greenwood

Writers'_Week_Kerry_Greenwood_Adelaide_Festival_mediumKerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant. Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D’Arcy, is an award-winning children’s writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. In 1996 she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves: Why women Kill.

The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written sixteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.

Kerry Greenwood has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costume-maker, cook and is currently a solicitor. When she is not writing, she works as a locum solicitor for the Victorian Legal Aid. She is also the unpaid curator of seven thousand books, three cats (Attila, Belladonna and Ashe) and a computer called Apple (which squeaks). She embroiders very well but cannot knit. She has flown planes and leapt out of them (with a parachute) in an attempt to cure her fear of heights (she is now terrified of jumping out of planes but can climb ladders without fear). She can detect second-hand bookshops from blocks away and is often found within them.

For fun Kerry reads science fiction/fantasy and detective stories. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard. When she is not doing any of the above she stares blankly out of the window.


Read, Watch, Play & Tweet in 2013

Twitter-mac-macworld-australia1Fancy tweeting about what you’ve been reading? The NSW Readers’ Advisory Working Group are hosting another year of monthly themed discussions on Twitter. Sounds weird, you say? Perhaps it is, but it’s also a lot of fun and a great way to find new book recommendations. For more information on how to tweet your way through a cyber book club meeting, as well as a list of reading themes for each month, check out the Read Play Watch blog. Happy tweeting!

Read Play Watch Themes for 2013

January- Re-read
February- Heartread
March- Ecoread
April- Crimeread
May- Indigiread
June- Faraway
July Artread
August- Furread
September- Historyread
October- Egoread
November- Moread
December- Endread

Summer Time and the Reading is Easy – New Fiction Available at Nowra Library

Here’s a list of new fiction available at Nowra Library this January.readershavenbeach-064.jpg

AITKEN, Mark  Strikeforce Lightning (THR)

ALDERMAN, Naomi The Liars’ Gospel (HIS)

ARNOTT, Jake The House of Rumour (FAN)

ATHANASOU, Nikos The Person of the Man (GEN)

BLYTH, Henry  Mr Jones’ Men (THR)

BOLANO, Roberto Woes of the True Policeman  (GEN)

CAIN, Tom  Revenger  (THR)

CARVER, Will The Two (MYS)

CELASIN, Izzet Black Sky, Black Sea (GEN)

CHALLINOR, Deborah Behind the Sun (HIS)

CLANCY, Tom Threat Vector (THR)

CONDON, Matthew The Toe Tag Quintet (MYS)

CONWAY, Millie  From Essex to Chelsea with Love (GEN)

COOK, Pamela Blackwattle Lake (AUS)

CRAWFORD, Tad A Floating Life (GEN)

CRISP, Gemma  Be Careful What You Wish For (GEN)

DOYLE, Roddy Two Pints (HUM)

DUNN, Carola The Valley of the Shadow (MYS)

FOLEY, Gaelen My Scandalous Viscount (ROM)

FOSTER, Sara  Shallow Breath (THR)

FURNIVALL, Kate Shadows on the Nile (ROM)

GAMBOA, Santiago Necropolis (GEN)

GREAVES, C Joseph Hard Twisted (MYS)

HILL, Susan A Question of Identity (MYS)

HILTON, Lisa  Wolves in Winter (HIS)

HOFFMAN, Samantha What More Could You Wish For (GEN)

JOHNSON, Rachel  Winter Games (HIS)

JOYCE,  Rachel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (GEN)

KANE, Wyndam The Arochmur (HIS)

KHALIFA, Khaled  In Praise of Hatred (GEN)

KIERNAN, Alan Section Alpha (AUS)

KRENTZ, Jayne Ann Legacy (ROM)

LEE, Jonathan Joy (GEN)

MAYLE, Peter The Marseille Caper (MYS)

MOORE, Meg So Far Away (GEN)

NEVILL, Adam Last Days (HOR)

PADEL, Ruth The Mara Crossing (GEN)

PALMER, Michael Political Suicide (THR)

PILGRIM, Kitty The Stolen Chalice (THR)

PILKEY, Brent Secret Rage (MYS)

POWERS, Tim Hide Me Among the Graves (PAR)

REAY, Joanne Romeo Spikes (FAN)

REILLY, Martina Even Better Than the Real Thing (ROM)

ROBARDS, Karen Shiver (GEN)

ROBINSON, Patrick Power Play (THR)

SCALZI, John Redshirts (SFi)

SHEPHERD, Lloyd  The English Monster (THR)

SIEVWRIGHT, Ashley Walter (AUS)

SINGH, Nalini Tangle of Need (FAN)

SOMERVILLE,  Patrick This Bright River (GEN)

TELLES, Lygia  The Girl in the Photograph(GEN)

TREASURE, Rachael Fifty Bales of Hay  (AUS)

TSUKIYAMA, Gail A Hundred Flowers (HIS)

ULGEZER, Alice The Memory of Salt (GEN)

VINE, Barbara The Child’s Child (GEN)

WAX, Wendy Ocean Beach (GEN)

Stars of 2012- the books and authors our borrowers and staff couldn’t put down.

MC900438756[1]Now that the dust from 2012 has settled, we’ve had a chance to reflect on the reading year that was. To muse, if you will, upon the highs and the lows, the tragedies, triumphs, and surprises. To recognise the moments of literary awesomeness that glittered through our reading year like falling stars.  We caught some of those falling stars and put them in our pockets. Here they are:

Authors with the highest number of loans in 2012:

Peter Corris (Australian)
Trudi Canavan (Fantasy)
Catherine Cookson (General fiction)
Georgette Heyer (Historical)
Dean Koontz (Horror)
Kathy Lette (Humour)
Anne Perry (Mystery)
Norah Roberts (Romance)
Patrick O’Brian (Sea Stories)
A.S Byatt (Short Stories)
James Patterson (Thriller)
W.E Griffiths (War Stories)
Giles Tippette (Westerns)
James Patterson (Young Fiction)

Most reserved items of 2012:

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
A Wanted Man by Lee Child
Fifty Shades of Grey (trilogy) by E.L James
The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman
All That I Am by Anna Funder
Tick Tock by James Patterson
Bloodline by Linda la Plant
Opal Desert by Di Morrissey
Winter of the World by Ken Follett
A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin
Daughters of Mars by Tom Keneally

Best Books of 2012 as chosen by our 3rd Wednesday Book Club members:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon & Journal of a Novel by John Steinbeck (Anne)
Rena’s Promise by Rena Kornreich Gelissen (Joan)
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Everald)
The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster & Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (Elaine)
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and The Idea of Home: Boyer lectures 2011 by Geraldine Brooks (Lyn)
(To be continued…)

Staff favourites for 2012:

Debbie- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Kristin- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Gail- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Carol- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Marie- The Bay by Di Morrissey
Jessica- How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (non-fiction)
Charlotte Street by Danny Warren (fiction)
by Laura Buzo
Noela-  This is How by M.J Hyland
Sarah – Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan
Kelly-  Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (non-fiction)
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan
Paul- Cape Horn: The Logical Route by Bernard Moitessier
Bronwyn- The Convent by Maureen McCarthy
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Absolutist by John Boyne

Which books and authors shone brightest for you in 2012?  We’d love to hear about them!

ABC Open Writing Workshops @ Nowra Library – 500 Words

projectgroups_33085_1355109513_16x9_max_w220_h124ABC Open’s 500 Words Project is a monthly writing challenge that invites you to create a 500 word snapshot of your life and share it online.

In February, Nowra Library will be hosting two 500 Words writing workshops. Workshop participants will learn basic writing techniques in order to create a story in less than 500 words and publish their stories on the ABC Open website.

 There is a different theme for each month- February’s theme (and the focus of the workshops) is ‘A Scary Moment.’  

 The workshops will run on Friday 15th and Friday 22nd February at 10am at Nowra Library. 

 If you’re interested in writing memoir or in learning more about publishing online, these workshops could be for you. Contact Robin Sharpe on 4429 3710 or Sharpe@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au to book your place.

no really – that’s a book???

One of my favourite, favourite parts of being a librarian (there’s lots of favourite parts, but this is just one!) is when you happen across a book that really makes you do a double-take. You know, the books that make you shake your head and think “REALLY?! Someone actually thought the world needed a book about that? Someone actuall SAT DOWN AND WROTE a book about that???”

Often, these weirdities are just too good too keep to myself and I HAVE to share them! Pop on over here and have a look at my collection so far…

spine facing out – blogging from the BookTARDIS

And remember: if you ever come across a WTF Book, please PLEASE take a pic and email it to me at alharnwell@gmail.com so we can share the weirdness with the world!

The Casual Librarian xx

Writing workshop @ Nowra Library- Libby Hathorn

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope you are having a safe and book-filled summer.

2013 is already shaping up to be an exciting year at Shoalhaven Libraries. Our first event for the year here at Nowra Library is a free writing workshop with award winning author Libby Hathorn.

libbyLibby has written over fifty books for children and young people and has won awards in Australia, the UK, the US and Holland. Libby also writes poetry for adults and children and runs a poetry program in schools and other institutions.

Libby will be teaching some key writing skills during the workshop and will also speak about her own writing.

The workshop will take place at Nowra Library at 5:30 on January 25th.

If you’re interested, you can contact Robin Sharpe, our events coordinator here at the library, to book your place.  Robin: 4429 3710 Sharpe@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au