Tag Archives: Award winner

March 07

You Voted! You Ranked! The Best Movies Voted By Gold Coast Library Customers of New DVDs That Hit Our Shelves Over the Past Year!

Well we’ve just seen the Oscars, and who some rich Hollywood snobby types thought were the best movies of 2016 and 2017. But what do every day regular Gold Coast residents think were the best movies of the past year? Well we asked you, you logged in with library you cards, and you told us. […]

December 15

Literary award winners of the year

As 2016 comes to a close, here’s a round-up of some of this year’s literary prize winners. Which have you read? (and did you agree with the judges?!):      Australian Miles Franklin Literary Award – A.S. Patrić Black Rock White City Stella Prize – Charlotte Wood The Natural Way of Things (also won Indie Book Awards) Prime Minister’s Literary Awards […]

Vale Gillian Mears (1964-2016)

From the ABC: “The literary world is mourning the death of award-winning Australian author Gillian Mears, who has died aged 51. Mears died on her family’s property near Grafton, in northern New South Wales, earlier in the week. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 17 years ago. Her works Ride a Cock Horse and […]

Destroying Avalon by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

http://www.katemccaffrey.com This is a book that gets to the heart of cyber bullying. Like the screech of nails down a blackboard (an old school analogy I know) the feeling of alienation, abuse and anxiety Avalon felt was palpable. I was worried from the first sentence, and screamed early on, ‘tell someone’. Her parents are teachers, […]

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: Book Club Discussion Questions

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club Kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: In the summer of 1961, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson lies daydreaming in a tree-house on her family’s Suffolk farm. While her family continues their picnic at the […]

January 02

January Online eBook Club: After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

We’re returning to fiction in this month’s online ebook club with Evie Wyld’s After the Fire, a Still Small Voice. This novel tells the story of two different men. Frank moves from Canberra to a shack owned by his grandparents on the East Coast following the breakdown of a relationship. Forty years earlier Leon is living a somewhat innocent life working at this parent’s bakery and flirting with a local girl when he is conscripted to fight in Vietnam.

Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner 2014

                                       All the birds singing.    Evie Wyld. Elanora book club discussed this book at this months meeting and there were  very wide and differing opinions.  Almost as wide and varied as the bookcovers! Some people liked it, some people were undecided and some people hated it! So all in all it made a good […]

January 31

The Fault in Our Stars : book club discussion questions

New York Times bestselling author John Green presents a star-crossed love story that begins when Hazel meets Augustus in a group for teen cancer survivors. The book’s beginning, a sweet romantic storyline, draws the reader into deeper reflection on what defines a well-lived life.

January 31

The fault in our stars: why is it that the complex books are now written for teenagers?

The fault in our stars is not about cancer, although the lead characters meet in a cancer support group. It’s a book about dealing with the universe’s lack of empathy. It does have a sweet romance, and some tragic parts in it, because fate is conspiring against the lovers. I don’t consider that a spoiler […]

Swallow the Air

Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch  Review by Jennifer Gates, Southport Branch Library  As a debut novel, Tara Winch has captured her audience with a distinctive voice. Tara was born in Sydney with Aboriginal, Afghan and English heritage. In 2004, she won the David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writers.  “Swallow the Air” follows May […]