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  • Jayne and Paula aren't really seeing eye to eye on this month's Booker Prize short listed book, Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi. Paula's keen to share what else she's read and Jayne gives the low down on some of the many, many exciting books that are due out this month!

    Books they mention:
    Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
    American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
    Foe by Iain Reid
    Untamed by Glennon Doyle
    Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
    The Dressmaker's Secret by Rosalie Ham
    Lucky's by Andrew Pippos
    Courage Under Fire by Dan Keighran
    Maar Bidi edited by Elfie Shiosaki and Linda Martin
    Really Saying Something (Our Bananarama Story)
    by Sara Dalling and Keren Woodward
    There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura
    Christmas Tales by William McInnes
    No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox
    The Best of Me by David Sedaris
    Becoming by Michelle Obama

    Our book for next month is The Midnight Library by Matthew Haig. Happy reading!

  • In case you haven't heard, we have a series of webinars happening with our library service called Library Through the Lens. Find out more about it and book in here: https://www.marion.sa.gov.au/library-through-the-lens

    If you miss out or can't make the webinars, we will be recording some sessions and making them available for you here on the podcast!

    Listen to author Ashley Kalagian Blunt in conversation with Katherine Arguile as she discusses her wonderfully eccentric account of how an exemplary Canadian does her very best to be a better Australian.

    When Ashley persuades her new husband Steve to leave snowy Canada and join her for a year Down Under, she looks forward to an easy transition. After all, Australia’s just Canada with more sunshine and strange animals, right? But they soon discover things aren’t so simple.

    For the sake of her marriage and her happiness, Ashley must find an Australia she can belong to: she decides to travel the country, learn its history, decode its cultural quirks and connect with as many residents as she can meet. How to Be Australian is a remarkable memoir, at once familiar and faraway, that shines a fresh, funny and fascinating light onto the country we think we know.

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  • Iain Reid's I'm Thinking of Ending Things blew Paula's mind so she insisted she and Jayne feature it for this month's episode. But does Jayne feel the same way? And does the Netflix movie version live up to the book? The ladies dive into this mind bending and divisive book!

    Books they mention:
    I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
    We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
    Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
    The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances- White
    The F Generation by Virginia Trioli
    Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L Trump
    Untwisted: The Story of My Life by Paul Jennings
    The Godmothers by Monica McInerney
    The Survivors by Jane Harper
    The Two Lost Monuments by Matthew Reilly
    Fire of Joy by Clive James
    The Sentinel by Lee Child
    Killing Time by Jimmy Barnes
    Channel Kindness by Born This Way Foundation Reporters with Lady Gaga
    Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

    Other media mentioned:
    I'm Thinking of Ending Things movie on Netflix
    Round the Twist TV series
    Driven Crazy TV series

    Links:
    Perth bookshop's Facebook post about not stocking JK Rowling books:
    https://www.facebook.com/rabblebg/posts/3283659218376819

    Next month's books is Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi. It's not on Libby but I'm Thinking of Ending Things is as an audiobook so have a look for that!

  • On 10 September 2020 we welcomed the public back to the Marion Cultural Centre for our first in person author event since the beginning of the year. We were delighted to host Victoria Purman to discuss her historical fiction novel, The Women's Pages.

    From the bestselling author of The Land Girls comes a beautifully realised novel that speaks to the true history and real experiences of post-war Australian women.

    We hope you enjoy this recording of our live event.

  • Jayne has some terrific insights into this month's book which, though written in 1994, is surprisingly relevant today. Paula is super excited for next month's scary selection.

    Books they discuss:

    The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
    1984 by George Orwell
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
    Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    Nodding Off by Alice Gregory
    From Boys to Men by Maggie Dent
    How I Built This by Guy Raz
    Happiness by Turia Pitt
    Just Like You by Nick Hornby
    All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton
    Honeybee by Craig Silvey
    The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan
    Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein
    A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu

    Movies they mention:
    The Babadook
    It Follows

    Our book for October is I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. There are copies in the library and on Libby so grab yours and read along! Don't forget to subscribe and join our Literary Anything Facebook group. Happy reading!

  • In case you haven't heard, we have a series of webinars happening with our library service called Library Through the Lens. Find out more about it and book in here: https://www.marion.sa.gov.au/library-through-the-lens

    If you miss out or can't make the webinars, we will be recording some sessions and making them available for you here on the podcast!

    Listen to debut novelist and winner of the 2019 Penguin Literary Prize Imbi Neeme as she discusses her book The Spill, an exploration of the moments - small and large - upon which our lives can pivot.

    In 1982, a car overturns on a remote West Australian road. Nobody is hurt, but the impact is felt for decades. For sisters Nicole and Samantha this moment will echo through their lives and continually affect their responses to individual experiences and to each other.

    The Spill is a captivating depiction of the bond between sisters and a family that find its way back to one another.

  • Jayne and Paula were not prepared for the enormity of the themes tackled in this month's pick, winner of the 2019 Miles Franklin Award, Too Much Lip.

    *Trigger warning. Themes of physical and sexual abuse discussed. Please skip to the 30 minute mark if you would rather avoid these topics.

    What Jayne had last month anticipated as a fun read the ladies find out is a complicated, fast paced, unflinching look at an Aboriginal family plagued by inter-generational trauma and abuse. There is lots to discuss and learn.

    Books discussed:

    Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
    The Yield by Tara June Winch
    Maybe the Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman
    Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    You by Caroline Kepnes
    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
    Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
    Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump
    The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle
    Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg
    Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand

    Our book for September is The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. Happy reading!

  • In case you haven't heard, we have a series of webinars happening with our library service called Library Through the Lens. Find out more about it and book in here: https://www.marion.sa.gov.au/library-through-the-lens

    If you miss out or can't make the webinars, we will be recording some sessions and making them available for you here on the podcast!

    Drawing from Katherine's own cross-cultural experience lived between Tokyo, London, and now Adelaide, Katherine's book explores the weight of intergenerational trauma through the eyes of a mother and daughter on a tortuous path to forgiveness.

    Unfolding in vivid Japanese settings, this story illuminates how different cultures navigate grief and memory, and what happens when we rediscover our ancestral roots.

  • This month's book has been described as "Sex in the City" meets "Catch Me If You Can" with Instagram filters. Jayne and Paula could barely wait to record the podcast so they could talk about the unbelievable grifter who is Anna Delvey and her one time BFF who wrote about her in My Friend Anna. Later, they dish about yet two more Trump books due out (one of them they decide they might actually read), and more.

    Books they mention:

    My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    wow, no thank you by Samantha Irby
    The Things She Owned by Katherine Tamiko Arguile
    The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton
    Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump
    Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
    Death by Shakespeare by Kathryn Harkup

    Movies they mention:
    Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix)
    Inventing Anna (Netflix)

    Links to articles:
    The New York Times review of My Friend Anna:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/books/review/my-friend-anna-rachel-deloache-williams.html?smid=em-share

    The Guardian article:
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/31/anna-sorokin-delvey-new-york-socialite-scammer-criminal-case?CMP=share_btn_link

    Katherine Tamiko Arguile Library Through the Lens webinar:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv-VGL0iNZE&list=PL2LeDvdThJyJYa4epr4REnNuVpqdq1iir&index=12

    Next month they will be discussing Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko. Reserve your copy here:
    https://onecard.network/client/en_AU/marion/search/results?qu=too+much+lip+Melissa+lucashenko&te=&lm=LIB_MARION

  • In case you haven't heard, we have a series of webinars happening with our library service called Library Through the Lens. Find out more about it and book in here: https://www.marion.sa.gov.au/library-through-the-lens

    If you miss out or can't make the webinars, we will be recording some sessions and making them available for you here on the podcast!

    Join the author who became a global sensation even before her debut novel was published, following an international rights frenzy that has not been seen for an Australian book since Markus Zusak's, The Book Thief.

    Set when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It’s a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape our experience of the world.

  • You know Jayne's gotta be happy because this episode is jam packed with historical fiction! Paula breaks her habit of only reading books set in the modern era with not one, not two, but three of her reads this month. Find out how the ladies think the bubonic plague epidemic compares to our current COVID-19 situation when they discuss Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. As always, you'll get the goss on the books everyone's talking about this month.

    Books they mention:

    Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
    The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning
    Missing William Tyrell by Caroline Overington
    The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld
    The Spill by Imbi Neeme
    Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
    The Ickabog by JK Rowling
    Normal People by Sally Rooney
    Stranger Country by Monica Tan
    The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
    The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
    The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
    The Motion of Body Through Space by Lionel Shriver
    Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
    The Kennedy Curse by James Patterson
    Sorry For Your Trouble by Richard Ford

    Links:

    Register for our Library Through the Lens webinar with Imbi Neeme, author of The Spill:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/304094390584152/

    Recording of our Library Through the Lens book talk with Pip Williams, author of Dictionary of Lost Words:
    https://tinyurl.com/yaqtq27s

    Sign up for our Library Loop eNewsletter to see other book reviews (including Suman's) and more:
    https://tinyurl.com/ydbnoar3

    Our book for next month is My Friend Anna by Rachel Deloache Williams. Happy reading!

  • Jayne deems our May pick Bridget Jones's Diary meets Muriel's Wedding and Paula wholeheartedly agrees. Tune in to hear the trials of Maggie Cotton that actually did make the ladies laugh out loud in Adelaide author Rose Hartley's debut novel, Maggie's Going Nowhere.

    Books they mention:

    Maggie's Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley
    Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
    Paris or Die by Jayne Tuttle
    Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
    The Help by Katherine Stockett
    A Family Guide to Waste Free Living by Lauren and Oberon Carter
    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaimen
    Missing William Tyrell by Caroline Overington
    The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
    The Inner Self by Hugh Mackay
    The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
    HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette
    Puberty Blues by Kathy Lette

    TV & Movies they mention:

    Muriel's Wedding
    Good Omens

    Next month's book is Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and you can place a hold on the ebook or eaudiobook here: https://tinyurl.com/yakgyxjr
    Hope you join us next month and happy reading!

  • In case you haven't heard, we have a series of webinars happening with our library service called Library Through the Lens. Find out more about it and book in here: https://www.marion.sa.gov.au/library-through-the-lens

    If you miss out or can't make the webinars, we will be recording some sessions and making them available for you here on the podcast!

    Here is award-winning poet, novelist and former ABC radio broadcaster Annette Marner in conversation with author Jo Case, as she talks about her stunning new literary crime novel.

    A New Name for the Colour Blue is influenced by Annette's decades of reporting on male violence towards women and girls as a former current affairs broadcaster. Set between Adelaide and the southern Flinders Ranges, it won the Adelaide Festival's Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2018.

    Imprints Booksellers is taking online, email and phone orders for A New Name for the Colour Blue and offers FREE home-delivery within Adelaide from the foothills to the beach, and from Bedford Park to Port Adelaide. They also deliver FREE all over SA for orders of $50 or more
    www.imprints.com.au
    books@imprints.com.au
    phone: 08 8231 4454

  • Our world has turned upside down since last month and we know that every one of us is grappling, trying to adapt to all the changes.

    Jayne and Paula discuss what it's like to still be working at the library without borrowers! Most libraries are currently closed but don't worry, the ladies highlight a list of options for accessing the library online. Then they jump into this month's selection. TRIGGER WARNING! My Dark Vanessa contains themes of abuse, particularly sexual abuse of a minor. Those who wish not to hear this part can still listen to the beginning but then please skip to the 35 minute mark.

    Note: at one point Paula mentions Hachette "authors" walking out in protest of Woody Allen's book. She misspoke and should have said "employees."

    Find out about all of the online services they discuss via our Facebook post, here:

    https://www.facebook.com/CityofMarionLibraries/photos/a.1094125443938847/3972379079446788/?type=3

    Books they discuss:

    My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
    Excavation: A Memoir by Wendy Ortiz
    American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
    Half a Life by Jill Ciment
    Dear Girls by Ali Wong
    The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
    Educated by Tara Westover
    Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen
    Funny You Don't Look Autistic by Michael McCreary
    The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning
    Buried by Lynda La Plante
    Mum & Dad by Joanna Trollope
    More Myself by Alicia Keys
    Glide, Taking the panic out of modern living by Lisa Forrest
    Gathering Dark by Candice Fox
    Sharks in the Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn

    Links:

    Wendy Ortiz's article
    https://gay.medium.com/adventures-in-publishing-outside-the-gates-a06f089c372e

    Variety article about Oprah's book club ditching My Dark Vanessa
    https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/oprahs-book-club-my-dark-vanessa-american-dirt-controversy-1203525291/

    This American Life podcast episode 689, Digging Up the Bones
    https://www.thisamericanlife.org/689/digging-up-the-bones

    Jayne and Paula announced the books for the next two months to give you lots to read! Both of these are accessible via the Libby app.

    May: Maggie's Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley
    June: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

    Stay safe out there everyone! There's never been a better time to stay home and READ.

  • Have you read American Dirt? Jayne and Paula decided to find out what all the fuss is about with this book being touted as "defining the migrant experience." They discuss the book, the controversy and more.

    Books they mention:

    American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
    The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins
    The Crooked Branch by Jeanine Cummins
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    Wham! George & Me by Andrew Ridgeley
    Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
    The Break by Marian Keyes
    The Origin of Me by Bernard Gallate
    A Very Stable Genius by Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker
    She I Dare Not Name by Donna Ward
    The Phantom Price by Elizabeth Kendall with a contribution by Molly Kendall
    The Salt Madonna by Catherine Noske
    Timmy the Ticked Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement by Magda Szubanski

    Links:
    Myriam Gurba article
    https://tropicsofmeta.com/2019/12/12/pendeja-you-aint-steinbeck-my-bronca-with-fake-ass-social-justice-literature/
    Buzzfeed article
    https://tropicsofmeta.com/2019/12/12/pendeja-you-aint-steinbeck-my-bronca-with-fake-ass-social-justice-literature/
    ABC article
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-06/american-dirt-jeanine-cummins-the-controversy-explained/11924192
    Goodreads review by David
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3083591534?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1
    A Very Stable Genius Parody by Randy Rainbow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-LTRwZb35A

    Our book for next month is My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell.

  • There's been lots of controversy in Australia surrounding the inaugural Parliamentary Book Club pick, Dark Emu, or more specifically, about its author, Bruce Pascoe. Jayne and Paula dive into this non-fiction work that challenges the prevailing thoughts about pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians as hunter-gatherers.

    Links they reference:

    The Monthly article by Russell Marks: https://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/russell-marks/2020/05/2020/1580868886/taking-sides-over-dark-emu

    TED talk by Bruce Pascoe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqgrSSz7Htw&feature=youtu.be

    Books they discuss:

    Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
    Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
    The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper
    The Nature of Things by Charlotte Wood
    The Nowhere Child by Christian White
    Inside Out by Demi Moore
    Happiness As Such by Natalia Ginzburg
    North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person
    Bunny by Mona Awad
    Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
    The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld
    The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray
    The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    Our next book is...American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins! Grab a copy from the library and read along. Join us in March to get in on the discussion. Happy reading!

  • It's 2020 and Jayne and Paula are starting the year off discussing The Weekend by Charlotte Wood, a stark and honest look at the decades long friendship of four women, now in their seventies, after one of them dies. Jayne also admits to a personality trait that made a certain book appeal and Paula shares a challenge one book set for her that saw her reevaluating her usual thinking.

    Books they discuss:

    The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
    An Edited Life by Anna Newton
    The Alcohol Experiment by Annie Grace
    Dear Girls by Ali Wong
    Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
    A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
    A Murder at Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
    I Will Miss You Tomorrow by Heine Bakkeid
    Royals by Emma Forrest
    The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts
    Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

    Netflix specials discussed:

    Baby Cobra by Ali Wong
    Hard Knock Wife by Ali Wong

    Our book for February is Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe. Happy reading!

  • Welcome to the end of year wrap up show!

    Jayne and Paula talk about their favourite books of the year, which was their favourite Literary Anything book and what they are excited to read over the holidays. They also countdown the most borrowed books of 2019.

    Books they discuss:

    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
    A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    Fake by Stephanie Wood
    We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
    Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
    Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
    Becoming by Michelle Obama
    Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
    After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
    The Lost Man by Jane Harper
    The Fallen by David Baldacci
    Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
    The Midnight Line by Lee Child
    Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
    Past Tense by Lee Child
    This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
    The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape
    The Fast 800 by Michael Moseley
    Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
    The Best Kind of Beautiful by Frances Whiting
    Wearing Paper Dresses by Anne Brinsden
    The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley
    See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill
    In the Clearing by J.P. Pomare
    The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
    Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

    Enjoy the holidays and tune in again in 2020!

  • Best selling author, Fiona McIntosh, delights the crowd at the Marion Cultural Centre Domain Theatre with the inside story about her latest book, The Diamond Hunter, as well as her writing process, meticulous research and international travels, and hilarious personal stories and anecdotes. Fans of Fiona will definitely not want to miss this engaging talk.

  • Jayne and Paula dive into the latest Gladwellian social science non-fiction novel, Talking to Strangers, which looks at the "assumptions and mistakes we make when dealing with people we don't know."

    They also discuss what novel they should choose for the new year...and they want your opinion! Have a listen then join us on our Literary Anything Facebook group to let us know what you think should be January 2020's book choice.

    Books they discuss:

    Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
    The Chain by Adrian McKinty
    Impossible Causes by Julie Mayhew
    Fake by Stephanie Wood
    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    This Is Happiness by Niall Williams
    Happiness, As Such by Natalia Ginzburg

    Book possibilities for January 2020:
    Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
    The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
    The Wife and the Widow by Christian White
    Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
    Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas
    There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett
    Penny Wong by Margaret Simons

    Vote on our Literary Anything Facebook group! Don't forget to subscribe and rate the podcast.