MARY ATKINS - A Journey of Creative Healing
Mary tells her remarkable story of adversity and loss which shaped her world over 50 years ago. She compares her six-step-plan that she took to full recovery with other survivor stories and contemporary science. There is now scientific evidence that supports Mary’s convictions that listening to your intuitive voice, finding the silver lining in any trauma, focusing and exploring creativity in all its guises — can deliver recovery from profound illness and overwhelming grief.
BOOK PRESENTATION WITH MORNING TEA
SATURDAY 2ND JUNE - 10.00am - 12.30pm
PEREGIAN BEACH COMMUNITY HOUSE, David Low Way, Peregian Beach
only $10 PER PERSON
BOOKING ESSENTIAL AT ANNIE'S BOOKS - 5448 2053 firstname.lastname@example.org
DONALD GRANT - Killer Instinct
Leading forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant was the first State Director of Forensic Psychiatry in Queensland and sat on the bench of the state's unique Mental Health Court for five years. His life's work has been understanding the murderous mind.
KILLER INSTINCT: Having a mind for murder
Forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant asks what it is about murder that fascinates us. Is it a chill whisper of fear reminding us we too can kill? Grant describes ten true murder cases, each different, each complex, each with unique triggers. Fact leaves fiction for dead. For those directly affected, murder is a sombre and scarring event. For most of us, murder is an arm's length experience, close enough to frighten and fascinate yet far enough not to traumatise. Grant proposes that our restless chatter about it, our state of heightened alert, our endless viewing, may be play therapy, reassuring us that our own killer instinct is under control.
BOOK LAUNCH: KILLER INSTINCT by Donald Grant
THURSDAY 7th JUNE - 6.00pm
THE J - UPPER FOYER
WINE & FINGER FOOD
$20.00 per person -
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$20.00 per person
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: 5448 2053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, we are very excited to be partnering with the Noosa Library Service to bring you one of Australia's greatest living writers. Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. Her book of essays Everywhere I Look won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction.
HELEN GARNER IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNIE GAFFNEY
THURSDAY 21st JUNE - 6.00pm
"THE J" UPPER FOYER
$17 per person
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL VIA THE J - Ph: 5329 6560 or www.thej.com.au
THE BEAR IN OUR BACKYARD - Emma Middleton
‘Does she sleep? Shall we peek?
Is it really Bear?
Shall we sneak outside and see if Bear is really there?’
There’s a bear sleeping in Tom and Tilly’s backyard – what will happen when they wake her up?
With whimsical illustrations and sweet rhyming text, The Bear in our Backyard is a delightful tribute to the small and magical moments that mums create every day. The story cleverly weaves in multi-layered themes as it encourages creative playfulness and introduces a new baby to the family. A warm celebration of mummy bears everywhere!
(Comes with a card for mum.)
‘Witty, clever and oozing with big-hearted affection.’ Dimity Powell Boomerang Books Blog.
STORYTELLING WITH EMMA MIDDLETON
SUNDAY 1st JULY
THE LONG GOODBYE - Pam Parker
We are thrilled to welcome Pam back to the shop for a chance to meet her readers.
"On 13th October my father killed my mother". And so begins this extraordinarily, moving and powerful memoir of an Australian family. Spanning three generations of a rural Queensland farming family,
The Long Goodbye is an unforgettable story of love and loss by an outstanding new writer of originality and remarkable skill.
When Pamela's ageing mother succumbs to advanced dementia and the family attempts to care as best they can for her, it is her father who takes matters into his own hands and ends her mother's life before taking his own life several weeks later. The Long Goodbye takes you into the life of this family, revealing the grit and resilience which has always driven them, as well as the love that binds them together through the years. At times hilariously funny, at times tragic and shocking, The Long Goodbye is ultimately a grand story of love and the unbreakable bonds of marriage and family set against the harsh and unforgiving realities of life on the land.
Disastrous floods, drought, and farming accidents mean that life and death are never far apart. The Australian landscape is evoked in all its beauty, but its danger is inescapable. Pamela writes with incredible honesty and warmth about her own parents, grandparents and extended family, their celebrations, their wit and great humour while never shying from the dark truths and difficult struggles that plague them too. The Long Goodbye illustrates the devastation of dementia and its terrible consequences for an entire family, as well as her father's controversial and unspeakable solution in euthanasia.
The Long Goodbye is a true story of impossible beauty and sadness, and the story of a remarkable love that could be no other way.
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR - PAM PARKER
SUNDAY 15th JULY- 10.00am - 12.00 midday
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