Since opening the shop just over a year ago, I have met many talented writers living and working in the the Yass Valley and surrounds. In early August, local writer Jane Baker launched her latest book of poetry The Book of Hours in the shop and we have more events planned for September.
The Spring Reading Guide landed this week, with new fiction, children's books and non-fiction recommendations. Grab a copy from the shop, a local coffee shop or you can read it online.
I am so excited that spring is on its way - the wattle and cherry blossoms are out!! If you have been into the shop in the past few months, you'll understand why I can't wait for warmer weather.
Front cover and pages of the Spring Bookseller's Choice Reading Guide
We are looking forward to lots of events in the coming months including: a zine workshop with Southern Tableland Arts (STA) in the September school holidays, an author event or 2 and a new book club or 2.
There is something special about reading a story where you recognise your town or it's characters, but it is also great to support locals doing what they love. You may discover a new favourite author!
This year we have had signings, launches and other events, or are planning to, with these authors:
Barbie Robinson Angela Taylor
Robyn Cadwallader Jane Baker
The most recent event was the launch of The Book of Hours by Jane Baker. Jane is the conveynor of the Yass Valley Writers group and has published several books of poetry among other things.
Lizz Murphy, recent winner of the ACT Writers Notable Award for Poetry, was at the event to launch Jane's book.
Jane Baker reading from her new book and Lizz Murphy (seated).
Rhian Williams, author of several children's books, including Ten Little Figs visited the shop this week and signed copies of her latest book Emergency! Emergency! Emergency! The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) reviewed the book and said:
"This book is bound to be a hit with picture book readers in a wide age range, from 18months – 6 years and I’m looking forward to sharing it with my toddler grandchild. It’s a “must have” for Australian children’s libraries."
Cover of Emergency! Emergency! Emergency! Vehicles to the rescue by Rhian Williams and illustrated by Tom Jellett.
It is great to see 3 locals in the best sellers list below!!
If you are around on Monday mornings and would like to join us to talk books, register here.
The first meeting is planned for Monday 5th September, to discuss The Winter Dress by Lauren Chater.
The Wednesday evening book club has been meeting since January this year and is full.
Cecelia is considering starting a Queer/LGBTQI+ monthly book club. Let us know if you, or someone you know might be interested. There are so many great books with LGBTIQ+ characters now.
July best sellers
The Woman in the Library - Sulari Gentill
The Winter Dress - Lauren Chater (current book club read and we are all loving it)
Amber Wolf - Lauren Searson-Patrick
The World of Jane Austin - jigsaw puzzle
Black River - Matthew Spencer
The Book of Hours - Jane Baker
As always, I hope you are all well and thanks for your support!
PS: If there is anything else you'd like to see in these newsletters, let me know (book reviews, recommendations, more events, shop photos).