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Spring has sprung

It is wonderful to be in the shop looking out at a sunny, blue sky and not freezing.

It feels like we have been hibernating and are just emerging from a long winter.


I wrote the above last week and am now sitting at home with long sleeves on and a jacket. Loving the rain but the wind and fires, not so much...

 

Audio and ebooks now available


Not everyone reads print books these days and we are excited to offer audio books and ebooks. We have partnered with 2 companies that recognise the importance of independent bookstores, over multinationals like Amazon/Audible.


Audio books from Libro.fm


A percentage of your purchases comes to the store and supports locals.

 

Calling local writers

The Mill Theatre is seeking Yass writers who want to share their compelling, intriguing and original stories for performance. Writing can be in any format and suitable for performance by a single actor with a chair and a spotlight.

Curated by Julian Meyrick, stories will be chosen for a spectacular night of performative reading by the professional troupe of The Mill Theatre. Writers are also welcome to read their own work before a live audience. Either way, send your story in, if it is between 1 and 20 minutes in length and suitable for a general adult audience.


Closing date: 25 October 2023

Performance date: 12 November 2023


 

New releases


As usual there are lots of great titles out in this last part of the year.

Biography/memoir

Arnold Schwartzenneger - coming next week


Crime and thrillers

Chris Hammer's new book The Seven

Ripper by Shelley Burr


Fiction

Judy Nunn's new book Black Sheep

The Visitors by Jane Harrison

The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman


Non-Fiction

Kinky History by Esma Louise James

Best Wishes by Richard Glover


Children's books

The last in the Treehouse series


 

Awards


Australian Political Book of the Year Award 2023 longlist

The Award recognises the vital part political books play in better understanding Australian politics and public policy. This year’s judges are Laura Tingle, Barrie Cassidy and John Warhurst AO.


Bulldozed by Nikki Savva

Crossing the Line by Nick McKenzie

Dreamers and Schemers by Frank Bongiorno

Black Lives, White Laws by Russell Marks

Australia’s China Odyssey by James Curran

Political Lives by Chris Wallace

The Queen is Dead by Stan Grant

Trump’s Australia by Bruce Wolpe

Lockdown by Chip Le Grand


 

It's that time of the year again - already


2024 calendars are arriving and diaries are on their way. I have a small range of Christmas cards out for early shoppers and to send overseas. This year I will stock a few luxury boxes of crackers/bon bons, wrapping paper and very cute felt decorations.


Meri Collectables is stocked with lots of lovely items and of course I have loads of books, notebooks, cards, journals, writing paper and other cute stationery.


Kitten season starts soon and we expect to have our hands full with fostering and rehoming cats and kittens for the next 6 months. Allie's cat jewellery sells well in the shop and 100% of sales go to the Yass Valley Cat Rescue.


The shop is open Tuesday - Friday 10 - 4 and Saturday 10 - 2. We'll expand opening hours when it gets a bit warmer and maybe test out a Thursday evening?


I hope you are all well and getting lots of reading and/or relaxing time. I know a few people with Covid again, so it's still doing the rounds.


PS - if you are not in our loyalty program yet - ask Helen or I to set you up in the system when you are in next, or you can sign up online. Each time you purchase books or stationery you receive 10% in rewards towards your next purchase!


Jo

xx



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