In conversation with authors Pauline Schokman and Rosemary Gillan
Events: Wednesday 17 August - Stonnington Library holds Open Book with Leah Kaminsky: Light and Darkness
How do we approach dark subjects like illness and death, war and terror in our writing?
How can writers negotiate rough terrain and bring balance to their work, by weaving in humour and light?
Leah Kaminsky will discuss the how and why of writing her acclaimed debut novel The Waiting Room, and her recent non-fiction book We’re All Going To Die, which has been called a joyful book about death.
Leah Kaminsky is a physician and author, and is Poetry & Fiction Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. The Waiting Room was shortlisted in the Faulkner-Wisdom Novel Writing Competition and several Best of 2015 reading lists.
Contact Stonnington Library Malvern to book 8290 1366
National Bookshop Day - Saturday 14 August
Join us to celebrate bookshops. We'll have guest author Eliza Henry Jones and Children's readings. Contact us for details 95095133
Book Launch - Women of Australia - Bruce Postle
Join us for the launch of Bruce Postle: Women of Australia
BRUCE POSTLE, multi-award-winning photojournalist, is producing a series of books on aspects of Australian life. His latest, Women of Australia, presents 150 images spanning more than 50 years, and portrays women from all walks of life, including the famous and infamous, the quiet achievers and the Aussie battlers.
Thursday 5 May - 6.30-7.30
140 Glenferrie Road, Malvern
RSVP - email@example.com or
call us on 95095133
Book Launch - Budapest: A History of Grandeur and Catastrophe - Joe Hajdu
Stonnington Library, Prahran - Liam Pieper
'The Feel-Good Hit of The Year': A Memoir is essentially a story about the author and his family: their choices and losses, how they fall apart and how they slowly put things back together. Liam will share stories from his memoir, like the time he became a petty criminal and got arrested while introducing his girlfriend’s mum to his folks, and discuss the business of writing narrative. Contact Stonnington Library for details 8290 3344. Tuesday 19 May at 6.30pm.
The 20 Project - Amberley Laverick
The 20 Project is a collection of stories, wisdom and advice from the other side of 20! Everyone has a story so unique and singular in all the kinks and curls it travels upon. The 20 Project has been an opportunity for Amberley to share hers whilst also encouraging her to reflect. So it has been one part storytelling, one part personal development. Whilst living in Nairobi, she was quite possibly the only person to have lived in Kenya as an ex-pat and not seen an elephant. This book includes many people and varied stories. Perfect for those considering their futures.
Jeffreys Books on Tuesday 12 May at 6.30pm.
Stonnington Library, Phoenix Park - Nicole Hayes
Join us to launch Nicole Hayes second young adult title 'One True Thing'.
When is a secret not a secret? When your whole life is public. Frankie is used to being a politician's daughter, but it's election time, so life's crazier than usual. Add a best friend who's being weirdly distant, a brother to worry about, and the fact that Frankie's just humiliated herself in front of a hot guy - who later turns up at band practice to interview her about her music. Jake seems to like Frankie - really like her. But then everything crumbles. With her family falling apart around her, Frankie is determined to find out the truth - even if it means losing Jake. Contact Stonnington Library for details 8290 3344. Friday 8 May at 6.30pm.
Maggie Alderson - 'Secret Keeping for Beginners'
Maggie will come in to discuss her new book 'Secret Keeping for Beginners'. And I'm sure there will be discussion on fashion and packing and places to eat while doing a book tour. Maggie's columns and blog are wonderfully entertaining and it will be a delight to meet her in person. Come along and if you want to catch her eye - wear navy. It's her latest obsession. Limited seating and lots of standing room. Jeffreys Books on Thursday 7 May at 6.30 pm.
Book Launch: Knockabout Cricket by Neridah McMullin
4.15 for 4.30 presentation
We’ve all played or watched a game of backyard or professional cricket. It’s an integral part of the Australian summer. This tradition has been captured in a delightful picture book. It traces the history of James on school holidays from Scotch College and Johnny Mullagh's (Unaarrimin - an indigenous player) rise to play for the MCC.
Local author Neridah McMullin and illustrator Ainsley Walters will be joining us for afternoon tea on Saturday afternoon. Come along to hear about the inspiration to write this book and how they successfully brought it to publication.
The festival will include something for everyone: author talks, panel discussions, writing workshops, live theatre, food demonstrations, craft workshops, a writing competition and more!
View the full festival program and book your tickets online.
Tuesday, September 30
6.30pm for 7.00pm start
Glen Eira Town Hall,
- Australia's 50 Favourite Kids' Books will be announced. We'll have a brochure with the books listed available for collection (stock will be limited on the day, so we'll be happy to take orders!)
- Purchase a Where's Wally book and go in the draw to win a Where's Wally Retro bag (value $39.99)
- 2 pm
- Krista Bell will present her books Jack's Bugle and Burning the Bails (perfect for middle to upper primary school or the child in all of us)
- Cassy Liberman will present Fighting for Freedom: Nancy Wake
- 3 pm Join us for Afternoon Tea and to announce the winners of our competition.
May Book Clubs:
Brain Food Book Club (Non-Fiction): Tuesday, 13 May - Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself - Joe Dispenza
Last Tuesday Book Club (Fiction): Tuesday, 27 May - A Death in the Family - Karl Ove Knausgaard
French Connection Book Club (French Themes): Tuesday, 27 May - Lunch in Paris - Elizabeth Bard
Meet the Authors - 50 Foods That Will Change Your Life in conjunction with Stonningon Library
Get the facts – and the recipes – to eat your way into wellbeing. Naturopath and TV presenter Emma Sutherland, together with home economist and recipe developer Michelle Thrift, have paired up to present the ultimate guide to healthy eating for women. Join them to learn more about the 50 familiar ingredients that can help increase your health and vitality, boost brainpower and prevent disease.
Tuesday, 25 March at 7pm. Contact Jeffreys Books to reserve your place.
French Connection Book Club (Fiction/Non-Fiction)
The Wife of Martin Guerre - Janet Lewis
When he suddenly returns, Bertrande is overwhelmed by a renewed bliss, but as the months pass she has a terrible fear that the man she has welcomed is not Martin Guerre. Impelled by an oppressive sense of sin and intense hatred for her betrayer, she is driven to accomplish her own downfall. Originally published in 1941, it is based on a notorious trial in sixteenth-century France. This story of Bertrande de Rols is the first of three novels making up Lewis's Cases of Circumstantial Evidence suite (the other two are "The Trial of Soren Qvist" and "The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron").
Tuesday, 25 March at 11am. Contact Jeffreys Books to reserve your place.
Brain Food Book Club (Non-Fiction)
An Astronaut's Guide to Life - Chris Hadfield
When Mark Donaldson was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2009, he was the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery since Keith Payne's medal in 1969. Mark showed extraordinary courage when he rescued an Afghan interpreter under heavy fire during a bloody ambush in Afghanistan. In 2010 he was voted Young Australian of the Year. Mark's journey to that crucial decision to risk his own life to save another's, is almost as extraordinary as the act itself. From teenage rebellion to the stark realities of combat in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan, Mark's book is the frank and compelling story of a man turning his destiny around by sheer determination and strength of mind.
Tuesday, 11 March at 11am. Contact Jeffreys Books to reserve your place.
Last Tuesday Book Club (Fiction)
The Young Desire It (Text Classics) - Kenneth Mackenzie
In the late afternoon of a day in February, that hottest of Australian summer months, when a brutal sun stood bronze above the river flats which you may see from the dormitory windows of Chatterton, Charles came to the school with his mother...In the lower part of his belly fear kicked and pulsed like a child in the womb, ready to be born. Fifteen-year-old Charles Fox is sent away to boarding school, innocent, alone and afraid. Published in London in 1937 to wide acclaim, The Young Desire It is a stunning debut novel about coming of age: an intimate and lyrical account of first love, and a rich evocation of rural Western Australia. It is now back in print for the first time in years with a new introduction by David Malouf.
Tuesday, 28 February at 7pm. Contact Jeffreys Books to reserve your place.
Brain Food Book Club (Non-Fiction)
An Astronaut's Guide to Life - Chris Hadfield
This is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.
Tuesday, 11 February at 11am. Contact Jeffreys Books to reserve your place.
National Bookshop Day - Saturday 10 August
You are invited to join us for afternoon tea on National Bookshop Day.
When 3.00 pm on Saturday 10 August, 2013
Where 140 Glenferrie Road, Malvern
What to bring Please come prepared with a 1-minute description of your favourite childhood book or the book that got you hooked on reading. Feel free to bring the tattered copy from your bookshelf.(No need to be shy, you'll be chatting one-on-one not presenting to a group!)
Dress Code (optional) Come dressed as your favourite character Prizes for the best-dressed!
Jeffreys Last Tuesday Book Club - Tuesday 26 March
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. Then a chance encounter gives him an idea. He will design a questionaire - a sixteen-page, scientifically researched document - to find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is strangely beguiling, fiery and intelligent. And she is also on a quest of her own. She's looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might just be able to help her with - even if he does wear quick-dry clothes and eat lobster every single Tuesday night.
7pm Tuesday 26 March. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
Jeffreys Brain Food Book Club - Wednesday 20 March
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, husband and wife Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, take us on a journey through Africa and Asia to meet an extraordinary array of exceptional women struggling against terrible circumstances. More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they are girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century combined. More girls are killed in this routine 'gendercide' in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century. In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth, it was totalitarianism. In the twenty-first, Kristof and WuDunn demonstrate, it will be the struggle for gender equality in the developing world. Fierce, moral, pragmatic, full of amazing stories of courage and inspiration, HALF THE SKY is essential reading for every global citizen.
11am Wednesday 20 March. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
Author Visit: Graeme Simsion - Thursday 14 March
Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project will be appearing at Jeffreys Books at 6.30 pm on Thursday 14 March.
'Funny and heartwarming, a gem of a book.' Marian Keyes
Enjoy refreshments on arrival and then discussion on the feel good book of the year...
Ramona Koval’s latest book, By the Book: A Reader's Guide to Life, is a love letter to books and writing. Join Ramona as she shares stories about reading and living and the authors that have written themselves into her life. It is about learning to read, about love and science (and her childhood ambition to be Marie Curie), about poetry and travel and falling in love.
Jeffreys Last Tuesday Book Club - February 2013
Lost Voices - Christopher Koch
Young Hugh Dixon believes he can save his father from ruin if he asks his estranged great-uncle Walter-- a wealthy lawyer who lives alone in a Tasmanian farmhouse passed down through the family-for help. As he is drawn into Walter's rarefied world, Hugh discovers that both his uncle and the farmhouse are links to a notorious episode in the mid nineteenth century. Walter's father, Martin, was living in the house when it was raided by members of an outlaw community run by Lucas Wilson, a charismatic ex-soldier attempting to build a utopia. But like later societies with communitarian ideals, Nowhere Valley was controlled by the gun, with Wilson as benevolent dictator. Dramatic, insightful and evocative, Lost Voices is an intriguing double narrative that confirms Koch as one of our most significant and compelling novelists.
7pm Tuesday 26 February. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
Jeffreys Brain Food Book Club - February 2013
Double Cross - Ben Macintyre
D-Day, 6 June 1944, the turning point of the Second World War, was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit... At the heart of the deception was the 'Double Cross System', a team of double agents whose bravery, treachery, greed and inspiration succeeded in convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the 150,000-strong Allied invasion force. These were not conventional warriors, but their masterpiece of deceit saved thousands of lives. Their codenames were Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo. This is their story.
11am Wednesday 20 February. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
Diane Holuigue presents "The French Kitchen - a Lifetime of Cooking, Teaching and Writing"
Diane will be presenting at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 14 November.
Diane has been running very popular cooking classes in Armadale for years - you may have even been to one.
Join us for the evening or call to pre-order your signed copy now. 9509 5133
The Lost Thing Passport - 11-24 August
Jeffreys Last Tuesday Book Club
Set in hardscrabble farming country and the high-jumping circuit that prevailed in rural New South Wales prior to the Second World War, Foal's Bread tells the story of two generations of the Nancarrow family and their fortunes as dictated by the vicissitudes of the land. It is a love story of impossible beauty and sadness, a chronicle of dreams 'turned inside out', and miracles that never last, framed against a world both tender and unspeakably hard.
7pm Tuesday 28 August. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
Jeffreys Brain Food Book Club
David Nyuol Vincent was a little boy when he fled southern Sudan with his father, as war raged in their country. He left behind his distraught mother and sisters, his village and his childhood. He would never return. For months David and his father walked across southern Sudan, barefoot, desperately searching for safety, food and water. They survived the perilous Sahara Desert crossing into Ethiopia only to be separated. David was taken in and trained as a child soldier, surviving the next 17 years of his life alone in refugee camps. Told with frankness and humour, this is the powerful account of a young man's resilience. The story of a boy who refused to die.
11am Wednesday 15 August. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
July - Kathryn Fox at Stonnington Library, Malvern - Wednesday 11 July at 6.30 pm
Kathryn Fox will appear to discuss her most recent crime novel.
Forensic physician Dr Anya Crichton needs a break. Cocooned from the world aboard a luxury cruise ship, nothing can interrupt time with her precious six-year-old son. Peace is shattered when the body of a teenage girl is discovered shoved in a cupboard, dripping wet. With no obvious cause of death and the nearest port days away, Anya volunteers her forensic expertise. She quickly uncovers a sordid pattern of sexual assaults, unchecked drug use and mysterious disappearances. With crew too afraid to talk, she is drawn into the underbelly of the cruise line, its dangerous secrets and the murky waters of legal accountability. Shadowed by a head of security with questionable loyalties, Anya can trust no one. Her family's lives depend on what she does next. One thing is certain. There is a killer on board.
Phone Stonnington Library on 8290 1366 for reservations
Jeffreys Last Tuesday Book Club - July
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain
"This book will be the Catch-22 of the Iraq War". (Karl Marlantes). Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is home from war. Back in Texas, he has become a national celebrity. A Fox News crew filmed Billy and the rest of Bravo squad defeating Iraqi insurgents in a ferocious firefight. Now Billy is a decorated soldier and Bravo's three minutes of extreme bravery under fire are a YouTube sensation. Seizing on this PR gift, the Bush administration has sent the surviving members of Bravo on a nationwide 'Victory Tour' to reassure the homeland. Today, during the final hours of the tour, they arrive at Texas Stadium, guests of honour in a nationally broadcast Thanksgiving Day game. The story follows Billy and his fellow Bravos through a climactic afternoon, as they mix with the rich and powerful, endure the politics and affections of their fellow citizens, aspire to sex and marriage with the famous Cowboys cheerleaders, share centre stage with Destiny's Child and attempt to close a movie deal. They will learn hard truths about love and death, family and friendship, duty and honour. Tomorrow, they must go back to war. Tender and full of humanity, this is a wickedly funny, powerfully contemporary novel about a young man, the citizens who sent him to war, the family he left behind and the era that let it happen. In "Billy Lynn", Ben Fountain has created a new American hero for our times.
7pm Tuesday 31 July. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
Jeffreys Brain Food Book Club - July
In The Garden of the Beasts - Erik Larson
In 1933, a year that would prove to be a turning point in history, William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany. He brings his family with him to Berlin, where they experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance, and - ultimately - horror. The ambassador's daughter is at first entranced by the pomp and parties, and by the young men with their infectious enthusiasm for the 'New Germany'. As evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, however, Dodd telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. He watches with growing alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler's true character. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of historical figures such as Goring and Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognise the grave threat posed by Hitler until Europe was awash in blood and terror.
11am Wednesday 18 July. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
Jane Webster presents French Ties
Have you ever dreamed of living in the French countryside? Or maybe running your own guest house? Maybe you tinker with the idea of writing your own book? Come along to hear Jane Webster discuss her new title and how she's done it all - through hard work and a big dream.
Thursday 27 April until 8pm
Jane will present at 7pm. Come along for a shopping night and to hear Jane speak.
If you can't attend but would like a signed copy for yourself or a gift, please contact us before the event to reserve your copy.
Jeffreys Last Tuesday Book Club:
The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England - a 'castle that was to cross the sea'. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly 'Cat's Table' with an eccentric group of grown-ups and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys become involved in the worlds and stories of the adults around them, tumbling from one adventure and delicious discovery to another, 'bursting all over the place like freed mercury'. And at night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner - his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever.
As the narrative moves from the decks and holds of the ship and the boy's adult years, it tells a spellbinding story about the difference between the magical openness of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding.
7pm on Tueday 24 April. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
Purchase the book to reserve your place. Tuesday, 28 February at 7.00 pm.
Jeffreys Brain Food Book Group:
A Tragedy in Two Acts – Fiona Harari
This was not the ending either of them expected. Marcus Einfeld, former Federal Court judge and human rights champion, and his old friend Teresa Brennan, an exuberant, sometimes controversial US-based academic, had each spent years establishing demanding careers and international reputations, to create two lives that, on paper at least, exuded success. Then Einfeld was caught speeding. But rather than pay a small fine, the former judge told a court that Brennan had been driving his car. In reality she had been dead for three years. Through a chain of events that at times seemed exceedingly unlikely, Einfeld's lie was exposed, with once unimaginable consequences. His world, and virtually every honour he had earned, rapidly disappeared. And his old friend Brennan, who had died in suspicious circumstances, was suddenly, posthumously, attracting attention for all the wrong reasons. This is the remarkable story of two outstanding Australians whose lives have been lived large, and who, ultimately, have been bound by tragedy.
11am on Wednesday 18 April. Purchase the book to reserve your place.
Purchase the book to reserve your place. Wednesday 15 February at 11 am.