Keep your eye on our Facebook page for last minute events, and our regular footpath signings on weekends.
MARY-LOU STEPHENS – THE LAST OF THE APPLE BLOSSOM
Mary-Lou is a great friend of us all at Annie’s Books! Many of you will remember her from her days with ABC Local Radio, and will have seen her interview visiting authors over the years. Mary-Lou is the author of a fabulous memoir “Sex, Drugs & Meditation”, and we know this first published novel will be a bestseller. This will be great fun!
The fire took everything - except two women's fighting spirits. A sweeping, big-hearted Australian family saga for readers of Judy Nunn and Victoria Purman.
7 February, 1967. Walls of flame reduce much of Tasmania to ash. Young schoolteacher Catherine Turner rushes to the Huon Valley to find her family's apple orchard destroyed, her childhood home in ruins and her brother dead. Despite her father's declaration that a woman will never run the orchard, Catherine resolves to rebuild the family business.
After five sons, Catherine's friend and neighbour, Annie Pearson, is overjoyed by the birth of a much longed for daughter. As Annie and her husband Dave work to repair the damage to their orchard, Dave's friend Mark pitches in, despite the fact that Annie wants him gone. Mark has moved his family to the valley to escape his life in Melbourne, but his wife has disappeared leaving chaos in her wake and their young son Charlie in Mark's care.
Catherine becomes fond of Charlie, whose strange upbringing has left him shy and withdrawn. However, the growing friendship between Mark and Catherine not only scandalises the small community but threatens a secret Annie is desperate to keep hidden.
Through natural disasters, personal calamities and the devastating collapse of the apple industry, Catherine, Annie and those they love battle to save their livelihoods, their families and their secrets.
AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
THURSDAY 5th AUGUST – 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH
THIS IS A FREE OUTDOOR EVENT – RUG UP!!
LIMITED SEATING – you are welcome to bring a folding chair if you wish
CRAIG SILVEY – HONEYBEE
By the bestselling author of Jasper Jones...
'Find out who you are, and live that life.'
Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below.
At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette.
The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.
Honeybee is a heartbreaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.
At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering stepfather, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances.
Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel, brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter -- one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.
TUESDAY 10th AUGUST – 6.00pm
AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
ON THE FOOTPATH
THIS IS A FREE EVENT – AND IT WILL BE BUSY!!
LIMITED SEATING – YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING A FOLDING CHAIR – AND RUG UP, IT COULD BE COOL!
PLACE OF SHADOWS: THE HISTORY OF NOOSA BY PHIL JARRATT
We are thrilled to announce the release of PLACE OF SHADOWS. We have desperately needed an up to date and comprehensive history of our area, and we feel that Phil Jarratt is just the right person to write it. Phil is a fine writer, an experienced journalist, film maker, historian and more. He is truly passionate about Noosa, having lived here for around 35 years. The launch event will be very entertaining, and the book will be enjoyed over the coming years by locals and those people who love Noosa the way we do.
Phil Jarratt’s book couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment. Noosa’s beginnings were built on cruelty towards its original inhabitants and at the present moment it’s in danger of being loved to death. Phil, with panache and clarity, takes us through the history that moved Noosa from that shameful beginning to its present uber-desirability and suggests cogent ways to address the very real problems that our past and our present force us to face.
- DAVID WILLIAMSON, playwright and Noosa resident
Phil Jarratt is a journalist, author, publisher and film-maker with almost 50 years experience in Australian and international media. Born in Wollongong, NSW, he is a former editor of Tracks, associate editor of Surfer and editor and publisher of Australian Surfers Journal. He is regarded as one of the foremost global authorities on surfing, and has worked inside the executive ranks of two of the world’s biggest surf brands – Rip Curl and Quiksilver, where he was a senior marketing executive for 10 years in Europe and the US.
He has written more than 35 books, covering sport-related biography, surfing and surf history, travel and youth culture, and has been published in the US, UK and France, as well as Australia. His history of Noosa, Place of Shadows, is his first book with Boolarong Press.
As a film-maker, Phil has written and produced the documentaries 8 Days of Pure Stoke, Cup of Tea With God, Men of Wood & Foam and Generation 99. Wood & Foam, made for Foxtel’s History Channel, was selected for the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and won the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award for 2016. Generation 99, a feature-length documentary about the music and culture of Timor Leste’s children born of war, had its world premiere in Dili, Timor Leste, in August, 2019. He is now working on the development of Making Tracks, about the birth of the iconic surfing magazine in the late 1960s.
Phil has received the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award five times and was shortlisted for the Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize in 2010 for Salts and Suits. He has lived in Noosa for more than 30 years, where he now writes for the local newspaper and is president of the Noosa World Surfing Reserve.
BOOK LAUNCH & AUTHOR TALK
WEDNESDAY 18th AUGUST 6pm
ANNIE'S BOOKS ON THE FOOTPATH
VOICES OF WINTER - WRITER’S WORKSHOP
Calling all community members who write or who would love to write.
As three local award-winning authors, we invite you to join us for Voices of Winter.
Short, cool days and cold nights bring their own gifts of turning inward.
Dig up those long-neglected aspirations that have been sitting dormant in your inner cupboards, pull on some winter woollies and come along for a memorable half-day of writing.
This workshop will give you a chance to write with and listen to three women who have worked words for decades. Harness your own creative powers in a heart-warming winter chicken-soup-for-the-writing-soul workshop. Featuring Rose Allan, Shelley Davidow, Annah Faulkner and you, this day is there to light your inner fires of creativity, as you (re)discover your own voice and hear the voices of others.
Shelley Davidow is an award-winning author of 45 books. Writing across genres, recent titles include Shadow Sisters (University of Queensland Press, 2018), Whisperings in the Blood (University of Queensland Press, 2016), Playing with Words (Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2016), and Fail Brilliantly (Familius, USA, 2017). She has been featured several times at the Brisbane Writers festival, the Noosa Long Weekend and the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival.
Shelley holds a doctorate in Creative Arts. She is a full-time academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast and lives on a saltwater lake with her family and some tame kookaburras. www.shelleydavidow.com
Annah Faulkner’s early writing featured poetry and short stories, published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. In 2000 her humorous biography, Frankly Speaking was published. Her first novel, The Beloved, won the 2011 Queensland Premier's Literary Award, was commended in the 2013 FAW Christina Stead Awards, won the Nita B Kibble Award for Australian Women Writers and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her second novel, Last Day in the Dynamite Factory, was shortlisted for the 2015 Readings Prize. Her short fiction, was The Blood of Others published in Antipodes, the North American journal of Australian Literature in 2012, and in 2020 the Chicago Quarterly Review published The Seasons of Eden.
Rose Allan is a New Zealander who has chosen to live here on the coast, but finds herself hauled back into writing about her home country as much as she does Australia. Rose is the author of Out of this Whirlwind (A memoir) and Spirit of Noosa (an interaction with landscape). Writing a good short story is her ongoing delight and challenge. In June this year (2021) her story The Bear on the Beach won the Peter Carey Award for Short Fiction. For the past 15 years she has given writing workshops and mentored other writers through her service, Writing from the Heart.
SHELLEY DAVIDOW, ANNAH FAULKNER & ROSE ALLAN
SATURDAY 21st AUGUST – 9.30-1.30
$60.00 per person – Light refreshments included
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – ANNIE’S BOOKS 5448 2053
GUY HULL – THE FERALS THAT ATE AUSTRALIA
Guy visited the shop in 2018 when he released the mega bestseller “The Dogs that Made Australia”. We had great fun with Guy, and we can’t wait for our next event with him!
Guy Hull is the author of the bestselling The Dogs that Made Australia. He is a qualified and experienced dog behaviourist and trainer, possessed of an encyclopaedic knowledge of dog breeds, crossbreeds and types. He also has a passion for Australia's natural, human and canine history, and our relationship with the dogs, livestock and other introduced animals that have influenced the evolution of modern Australia.
Dangerous predators and ravenous herbivores: the story of Australia's feral nightmare
Isolation was once the impenetrable barrier that protected Australia and its unique fauna. But a little over two hundred years ago a foreign power took possession and brought with it the foreign animals that now dominate the country's ecosystem. They are the enemy within.
Since that time, around 10 per cent of Australia's endemic terrestrial mammalian species have become extinct. Today Australia is dealing with the damage caused by all hard-hoofed animals, domestic and feral.
Yet the bigger feral story is the ravages of acclimatisation, caused as new settlers tried to make the colony more like their homeland and released the rabbit, the fox, the hare, feral cats, common mynas, starlings, sparrows, redfin perch, and the many other invasive species that have brought native Australia to its knees.
In this book, Guy Hull details the history and toll of the numerous animal species that have contributed to the decimation of Australian species, their assault on land and agriculture, and the modern strategies that are - hopefully - reclaiming the country for our native fauna and its human population.
AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
THURSDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER – 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH
THIS IS A FREE EVENT – you are welcome to bring a folding chair if you wish