Monday, September 7, 2009

A place to discover, explore and share reading

In Conversation: Tom Keneally and Toni Jordan

hosted by Morag Fraser, AO

ELTHAMbookshop and YPRL invite you to hear BOOKS ALive 2009 ambassadors

Wednesday 2 September


Eltham Library, Panther Place Eltham

Bookings essential 9439 8700 or

Books for sale on the night

Bedside Reads: Booklovers festival

Missed the festival? Then why not listen to the podcasts

Arnold Zable

James Phelan

Bette Shiels

Greg De Moore

Jacinta Halloran

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Watsonia Winter Words Competition - guidelines

Theme: Winter

Entires can be either poetry or prose, of no more than 500 words about a winter related topic

Prizes: Book and gift vouchers

Entry Cover note should include:

Title: Winter Words Competition


Junior entry ( U16) or Adult (16+)

Entires can be handed into Watsonia Library or contact Lynne Siejka on 9435 2397 for email entry details.

Entries close on July 4

Winners announced on July 18

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bedside Reads: Booklovers Festival

Join us as we delve inside the reading libraries of well-known, lauded and award winning authors who will chat about their favourite bedside reads, what type of reader and writer they are as well as give insight into their books.

Jacinta Halloran
Jacinta Halloran is a Melbourne GP and writer. She has written on medical science for the Sunday Age and now writes for Inside Story. In 2007 her novel, Dissection, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was published by Scribe Publications in 2008. She still loves reading (when she gets the time) and is currently enjoying another book of short stories by one of her favourite writers, Alice Munro.
Ivanhoe Library
Monday 27 July
7.30pm - 8.30pm
Bookings 9497 5780

Bette Sheils
Bette Shiels is the mother of six children, has fostered 20 others, and is now a grandmother to seventeen. It is her foster care experience that led her to write her latest book, the heartwarming Thorns Among the Briar Roses. Shiels is also the author of paranormal novel Home of Tortured Souls. In amongst her granchildren Bette loves to read and share this love of reading with others.
Mill Park Library
Monday 27 July
7.00pm - 8.00pm
Bookings 9437 8189

Arnold Zable
Arnold Zable is a writer, storyteller, educator, and human rights advocate, who speaks and writes with passion about memory and history, displacement and community. Formerly an Arts lecturer at Melbourne University, his books include Sea of Many Returns which takes us to modern-day Ithaca, to its mountains, its villages and its harbours, and into the houses of its people. Jewels and Ashes, which depicts his journey to Poland to trace his ancestry, and Wanderers and Dreamers, a book of tales depicting the history of Yiddish theatre in Australia. Zable’s best selling novel, Cafe Scheherazade, depicts the lives of former refugees who now meet in a coffee shop in a seaside suburb in Melbourne. The Fig Tree is a book of true stories set in Greece, Eastern Europe, inner Melbourne and outback Australia and his novel Scraps of Heaven, is set in the post-war immigrant community of the Melbourne suburb, Carlton. Arnold can be found in Cafe's chatting to many and varied people about his passion and his extensive reading list
Lalor Library
Tuesday 28 July
7.00pm - 8.00pm
Bookings: 9465 2353

Greg De Moore
Greg de Moore is a consultant psychiatrist at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, and his study of the founder of Aussie Rules,Tom Wills’ life stems from his interest in male suicide. His ten years of research has unearthed original medical records, letters, text books and notes that were previously believed to have been lost or destroyed that has lead to a story of intrigue and facinating background story of the famous Tom Wills founder of Australian Rules Football. Greg has a passion for research and loves a good story.
Eltham Library
Tuesday 28 July
7.00pm - 8.00pm
Bookings 9439 9266

Kate Holden
In My Skin A Memoir is Kate's first book and takes you on a journey through her most extrodinary life. She takes readers into the often hidden world of heroin and prostitution. Kate's story is one of survival and resourcefulness, and an unflinching look at the consequences of addiction. More than just a fearless and compelling narrative, In My Skin is the triumphant announcement of a new talent in Australian writing. Kate enjoys snuggling up with a good book in bed and has a large array of books on her bedside.
Diamond Valley Library
Wednesday 29 July
7.00pm - 8.00pm
Bookings: 9434 3809

James Phelan
James Phelan’s bestselling thriller novels follow NY based investigative journalist Lachlan Fox into different global hot spots and depict current affairs and geo-political themes. . His first book was Literati: Australian Contemporary Literary Figures Discuss Fear, Frustrations and Fame. Fox novels include Fox Hunt, Patriot Act, Blood Oil and Liquid Gold. James has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines and has contributed to short story anthologies and serialised novels. James loves to share his passion for writing and enjoys the thrill of investigative journalism.
Watsonia Library
Thursday 30 July
7.00pm - 8.00pm
Bookings 9435 2397

Monday, March 30, 2009


Writing Groups

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bedside Reads

Bedside Reads is a monthly Bookchat about books that you have read and loved, books in the pile on your beside waiting to be read, books you disliked and those books that you have read and want to share with others.

Each month the Bedside Reads is hosted by a guest reader who will share their reading experiences and can include authors, poets, politicians and people from all walks of life who have a passion for books and reading.

Bedside Reads can be found at:

Ivanhoe Library
3rd Monday of the Month
10.30am - 11.30am

Ivanhoe Library
4th Monday of the Month
7.30pm - 8.30pm

Watsonia Library
4th Tuesday of the Month
7.00pm - 8.30pm

Lalor Library
Last Tuesday of the month every second month
March, May, July, September, November 2009
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Mill Park Library
4th Monday of the Month every second month
May, July, September, November 2009
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Diamond Valley Library
4th Friday of the Month
10.00am - 11.00am

Eltham Library
4th Tuesday of the month
7.00pm - 8.30pm

Monday, November 24, 2008

Book Group Kit Titles

Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Book group kits
(updated Nov 2008)

Adelaide, Debra Household guide to dying (Due Dec 08)
Attwood, Margaret Moral disorder
Austen, Jane Emma
Bail, Murray Eucalyptus
Banville, John The sea
Brooks, Geraldine March
Brooks, Geraldine People of the book
Burroughs, Augusten Running with scissors
Carroll, Steven Art of the engine driver (Due Dec 08)
Coelho, Paulo The alchemist
Dean, Debra The madonnas of Leningrad
De Kretser, Michelle Lost dog
Desai, Kiran The inheritance of loss
Diamant, Anita The red tent
Edwards, Kim The memory keeper’s daughter
Enright, Anne The gathering
Flanagan, Richard Unknown terrorist
Funder, Anna Stasiland
Eugenides, Jeffrey Middlesex
Garner, Helen Joe Cinque’s consolation
Garner, Helen Spare room
Golden, Arthur Memoirs of a Geisha
Gregory, Philippa Other Boleyn girl
Grenville, Kate The secret river
Haddon, Mark Spot of bother
Hartnett, Sonya Of a boy
Hazzard, Shirley Transit of Venus
Heller Joseph, Catch-22
Heller, Zoe Notes on a scandal
Hemingway, Ernest Farewell to arms
Hosseini, Khaled The kite runner
Hustvedt, Siri What I loved
James, Henry The portrait of a lady
Kerouac, Jack On the road
Kidd, Sue Monk Secret life of bees
Kingsolver, Barbara The poisonwood bible
Kneale, Matthew English passengers
Kostova, Elizabeth The historian
Lamb, Wally I know this much is true
Lawrence, D.H Lady Chatterley’s lover
Le, Nam The boat
Lee, Harper To kill a mockingbird
Lewycka, Marina A short history of tractors in Ukrainian
London, Joan The good parents
McEwan, Ian Atonement
Malouf, David Fly away Peter
Niffenegger, Audrey The time traveler’s wife
Nunn, Judy Heritage
O’Hagan, Andrew Be near me
Perlman, Elliot Three dollars
Pilkington, Doris Follow the rabbit-proof fence
Porter, Dorothy El Dorado
Robertson, Deborah Careless
Salinger, J. D. The catcher in the rye
Schlink, Bernard Reader
Sebold, Alice The Lovely bones
Sedaris, David Naked
Shreve, Anita Sea glass
Stocks, Mike White man falling
Suskind, Patrick Perfume
Temple, Peter The broken shore
Trollope, Joanna Second Honeymoon
Walsh, Richard Great Australian eulogies
Winton, Tim The turning
Wright, Alexis Carpentaria
Zusak, Marcus The book thief

Websites and Blogs for Reader Development



Authors websites - up and coming releases, author biogs

Young Adults



The following websites, blogs etc are specific to particular genres


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