Upbeat-long February 24

Upbeat program

Upbeat is a new City Libraries program in support of positive mental health and wellbeing.

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Vikings and the Origin of the Musical

Much as evolutionary biologists are shocked and gratified when they discover the teeth of an unknown primate, I was amazed yesterday to discover that the Vikings liked musicals.  I was listening to the Librivox version of The Saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald, and noticed that there were clear signs of it […]

The Happiest Refugee April 01

April online ebook club – The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

This month we’re reading The Happiest Refugee, Comedian Anh Do’s very memoir about growing up in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. Anh Do and his family fled war-torn Vietnam on an overcrowded boat when he was 2 years old. On arrival in Australia the family worked hard to make ends meet while adjusting to their new life. When Anh was 13, his father left his mother and this loss was felt deeply. Despite this the family maintained their sense of humour and Anh went onto graduate university with a law degree and become one of Australia’s most popular Comedians.

March online ebook club wrap-up – Hypocrites’ Isle

This month we read a medical thriller for our online ebook club. Hypocrites’ Isle by Ken McClure is the very depressing story about the corporate side of medical research. The novel centres around intelligent but socially awkward PhD student Gavin Donnelly. Gavin has uncovered a potential cure for cancer but, along with his supervisor Dr […]

Rome, twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world

Four seasons in Rome: on twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world by Anthony Doerr is part traveller’s tale and part personal memoir. Author, Anthony Doerr was notified by letter that he was being awarded a fellowship in literature at the American Academy in Rome, merely twelve hours after his […]

Grace’s table

 To commemorate becoming a septuagenarian Grace’s table bustles with the presence of twelve guests. As family and close friends share a birthday meal to celebrate Grace’s grand milestone, memories and recollections occupy Grace’s thoughts and a disturbing undercurrent of simmering angst begins to boil to the surface amongst the family. Her son is there with […]

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Reading Journal: March 2015

(19) The Intoxicated Ghost and Other Stories by Arlo Bates. Arlo Bates wasan American author and academic early in the Twentieth Century. The collection is interesting, but not excellent, saving one story I’d like to highlight Miss Gaylord and Jenny, which is one of the earliest uses of dissociative identity disorder I’ve seen in fiction. […]

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Overdrive’s Big Library read is back

Join readers from all over the world with Overdrive’s Big Library Read. This month’s book is Shakespeare Saved my Life by Laura Bates. Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax […]

Hold me closer cover March 23

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story (Book Club Discussion Questions)

“Tiny Cooper is not the world’s gayest person, and he is not the world’s largest person, but I believe he may be the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large.” – John Green.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley (again).

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” – I have always found this opening line from Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” haunting and atmospheric. I have never actually read the book – but it’s on my list – I heard the line at the beginning of the movie many years ago and it has stayed […]

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Book club inspiration

Is your book club looking for something fresh to read? Librarians love book clubs. Really. We love you guys a lot. So we’ve got a whole new stack of book club kits ready to go at our Gold Coast libraries, to keep things fresh for our local book clubs. And if you’re not so local, […]


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