Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne talks Australian Rules


adelaide cinematequeAcclaimed author Phillip Gwynne is returning to Adelaide in May for a one off showing of the award-winning film Australian Rules (which he adapted from his novel, Deadly, Unna?).

 As part of the Mercury Cinema’s 2016 ADELAIDE CINÉMATHÈQUE season, Phillip will be introducing the film and doing a Q & A after the showing.

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Details here:

https://mercurycinema.org.au/products/our-films/cinematheque/2016-season-1/australian-rules-off-the-record-with-phillip-gwynne/

Whilst in South Australia he will be visiting primary and secondary schools.

Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unna in 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.

Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the Librarian Reading Now?


Mr Bull is currently reading The Winter Book by Tove Jansson.

Tove Jansson is best known perhaps for her children’s book series featuring The Moomins. The first of these eight books appeared in 1945 (The Moomins and the Great Flood) and the final novel wasn’t published until 1970 (Moominvalley in November). As well as writing and illustrating this delightful series she also produced a long-running Moomin comic strip which was subsequently taken over by her brother Lars when Tove gave it up to concentrate on her novels and short stories for adults.

tovejanssonstudio  Finn_Family  saari19In 2014 the centenary of Jansson’s birth was celebrated with much fanfare. For more information on Tove Jansson’s life and work as a writer and artist check out the fine links below:

Brief biography which appears on official Moomin site.

Tove Jansson Virtual Museum and Life Story

Moomin iOs and Android games

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Which Moomin character are you most like? Take the Moomin character personality test.

2016 Reading Challenge. Are You Up For It?


Last year (2015) I manged to complete my Goodreads, Reading Challenge 2015, ploughing my way through 33 books; fiction, non-fiction and even some graphic novels for the first time. Check out what I read last year below using their nifty Reading Challenge Widget which I displayed on this very blog for all to see. I’ve upped my goal by 2 books to 35 for the year and I am once again keeping tabs on myself via Goodreads.

If you fancy taking a simple challenge yourself, check out this Pinterest page above with some excellent prompts for what to read in 2016.

Remember to check in here to see how I’m doing throughout the year.

Read what you love, love what you read.

 

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Award Winning Author Oliver Phommavanh Visits Cabra


Acclaimed Author Visits Cabra

Today we were fortunate enough to be visited by hilarious children’s author Oliver Phommavanh.

“When I was a kid, I used to be a class clown. I just loved making people laugh. Teachers would tell me that I needed to grow up. But I had a better idea. Why don’t I choose a job where I can act like a kid and make jokes for a living!”

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Year 6, 7 and 8 students were treated to an amazing presentation by Oliver.  He had the students in fits of laughter for over an hour relating the story of his family, his schooling and the inspiration for his writing. 8 Gold were lucky enough to spend 2 Blocks with Oliver in his writing workshop.

Oliver is a young Thai-Australian writer for children. He has featured on panels at the Sydney Writers’ Festival among many other appearances at festivals and writing events as well as in blogs. He has worked as a primary school teacher and now spends his time writing and sharing his writing passion with kids and engaging them with humour. He’s also a stand-up comedian and has appeared on national TV and radio as well as a number of well-known comedy venues such as the Comedy Store in Sydney. His first book, Thai-riffic! was published in June 2010 to critical acclaim, followed by Con-nerd in 2011, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite! and Stuff Happens: Ethan. Visit Oliver at his website: http://www.oliverwriter.com

It is always so very special to be able to invite authors to visit Cabra to inspire, entertain and encourage a love of reading and writing in all its forms. Thanks Oliver!

Oliver is published by Penguin Books. To read a Q & A with Oliver click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Harper Lee’s novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Divides Opinion


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Sequel, prequel but not equal? The companion novel to Harper Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird has hit the shelves in the last month and caused a popular and critical storm. It became the most pre-ordered book in Harper Collins’ history. No surprise given the now elderly author’s only previous novel has sold more than 40 million copies to date.

Set after, but written before the events in To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman follows the story of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch returning home to Maycomb from New York. She is shocked and confused by the changes she finds and the brewing discontent between White and Black amid the Civil Rights protests that swept the country in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Told in the third person this is no “unfinished novel” or even “first draft of Mockingbird” as some have suggested. Rather it stands alone and in some ways outside the orbit of its more famous relative.

I have curated a selection of reviews, background and info about the book below. Some positive, some negative. The only way to really understand any of this of course is to read both books yourself. We have added several copies of “Watchman” to our collection and have multiple “Mockingbirds” for your reading pleasure.

Read a selection of reviews and info below:

wash postBackground to the publishing of Go Set a Watchman.

guardian banner ‘more complex but less compelling.”

NYT bannerGo Set a Watchman gives Atticus Finch a Dark Side.

New Republic review

New Republic Review

Loads more reviews here.

 

New Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels added to Cabra Libraries.


Clcik on the pic for a list of new Graphic Fiction for 2015

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Take a look at the list of new Manga, comics and Graphic Novels added to the Cabra Library Collections so far this Year. That’s over 250 items so far this year.  New Graphic Fiction 2015 As well as the usual suspects we have been developing an interest in both illustrated novels and original graphic novels for older readers. For more info on Manga, comics and graphic novels check these links.

 

 

New Resources added to the Cabra Libraries May-June 2015.


Take a look at the long list of new acquisitions added to the Cabra Library Collections since the start of May this year. That’s almost 1000 items including almost 150 new DVDs for Loan. To view all the latest DVDs click below:

New DVDs May June July 2015

Click on the link to the right for the whole list: New Titles May June July 2015

If you don’t see what you want above, search our new OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) here,

or leave us a message with your requests for new titles.

Website of the Week: What Happened In My Birth Year.com


This week’s Website of the Week is What Happened In My Birth Year.com. This site is  a fun way to find out what was happening in the year of your birth.  It was created by Philipp Lenssen.  You can  Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here. Just type in the year of your birth or any other year you want to find out about and this simple site will start scrolling out all the facts, figures, people and things that made that year and that decade special.

New Titles added to the Cabra Libraries so far in 2015.


Take a look at the long list of new acquisitions added to the Cabra Library Collections so far this Year. That’s well over 1000 items in 12 weeks including more than 50 new DVDs for loan.

Click on the link for the whole list: New titles up to 4 May 2015

Check out our growing list of Periodical Titles for Loan too: Periodicals May 2015

 

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced


What a great way to welcome you all back to term 2, with the announcement of the CBCA’s shortlist for 2015 Children’s Books of the Year.

Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s shortlist below:

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Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.

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