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CBCA Awards 2018

Last Friday the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced their 2018 winners in six award categories. Established in 1946, the CBCA Awards are recognised as Australia’s premier showcase of quality children’s literature and illustration, and CBCA Book Week (18-24 August this year) is a highly anticipated event in the yearly school calendar. This year’s theme, Find your Treasure, reminds us that books are indeed valuable objects; we open them and discover inside the riches of…

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Father’s Day is on its way

Father’s Day is on its way We’re counting down the days until the arrival of Spring 2018 releases, and the first person to be spoilt for choice will be Dad! Father’s Day is Sunday, 2 September, and we’ll have books for new dads, wise dads, hip dads, and best-in-the-world dads.  This is just a small selection but we understand at Books of Buderim that dads come in many different sizes so we offer many different…

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Sunshine Coast Creative Writing opportunities

Exciting news for USC Creative Writing Students! Harbour Publishing House, boutique publisher based on the New South Wales South Coast and specialising in children’s literature, has just announced an incredible partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast – they will publish one book each year from students in the creative writing program: University staff from USC’s School of Communication and Creative Industries will shortlist six manuscripts or book proposals from students each year, which…

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Carpathia By Jay Ludowyke

Jay Ludowyke is from the Sunshine Coast University where she was supported to research and write the story of Carpathia. Carpathia fascinated me as it is a little-known story in the big story of the Titanic. But Jay has exposed the significant history and story of Carpathia on its own. The story about where it came from, as well as the story of her first sea journey, allowed me to understand and appreciate the rest of Carpathia’s history.…

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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Reviewed by Julie A delightful read indeed! Anne Tyler’s 22nd novel is like putting on your favourite old, faithful jumper, or a pair of well-worn slippers.  It’s like sitting down for a cup of tea with a lovely old friend and having a chat.  Comfortable, easy, funny and sad, simple and questioning, “Clock Dance” is a very pleasant read.  The main character, Willa, is very likeable and easy to relate to – the story is…

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April in Paris by Tessa Lunney

Local Reviewer: Thanks Julie Katherine King Button has left her home in Australia, after being there with her wealthy parents for 2 years since returning from being a nurse in WWI.  They have decreed that she must find the “right person” to marry – something Katherine is determined they will not make her do.  She returns to London where she is known as simply Kiki Button, gets a job as a gossip columnist in Paris…

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Brisbane Writers Festival 2018

Created by Books+Publishing – Australia’s number-one source of news about the book industry.  If you are interested in books and authors the Brisbane Writer’s is definitely a festival worth attending. Try not to get overwhelmed by the program, it is truly amazing. The program has been announced for the 2018 Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), which runs from 6-9 September. More than 200 writers will appear at the festival, including human rights barrister and author Geoffrey Robertson who…

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Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

Local Review: Thanks Emily Nixon Five women set off on a trek, organised by their Boss, to see how they get through it together with no problems. A test of endurance in the bush and on the mountains. Four days endurance in rough and demanding terrain, with no problems.  Armed only with small tents and boil in the bag foods, plus a small gas canister stove to cook it on and sleeping bags to sleep…

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Sharing: Morris Gleitzman’s Genuinely Smart July.

From Morris Gleitzman : Australian Children’s Laureate 2018-2019 Sharing because it’s too important not to share, share with your kids too. It’s Genuinely Smart July. But you knew that already, right? Because you’re a story reader and you’re on the ball, sharp as a tack, with all the lights on upstairs. I can see you now, curled up and happily reading a story in which, as always, a character is trying to solve or survive…

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“Likely Story” bring books alive

Well the show has ended and the fun is over. Back to work,  these books must settle down after the excitement they have had over the last couple of months. I could never have imagined the books telling their story so passionately and enjoyable. “Likely Story” by The Sunshine Coast Theatre Company reminds us all of the power and purpose all the books have. Have you ever imagined what your favourite book would tell you…

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