June Bookclub: “The Strays” by Emily Bitto

Hello Bookclubbers,

This month we are reading the 2015 Stella Prize winning “The Strays” by Emily Bitto.

Our Third Thursday Bookclub is open to all.
WHEN: third Thursday of each month @5pm

WHERE: Candelo Books 208 Carp St Bega

Drop us a line if you’d like to join in candelobooks@bigpond.com

Click here to purchase a copy of “The Strays” by Emily Bitto

Four Stories Event

Enjoy an evening hearing four perspectives on working with communities in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Timor Leste. Hear about the hardships, the joys, the personal challenges, inspirations and learn about what it’s like to submerge yourself in a totally different culture.

6pm Thursday 27th Oct @ Candelo Books



The Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 longlist

Rosie Alison The Very Thought of You

Eleanor Catton The Rehearsal

Clare Clark  Savage Lands

Amanda Craig Hearts and Minds

Roopa Farooki The Way Things Look to Me

Rebecca Gowers The Twisted Heart

M.J. Hyland This is How

Sadie Jones Small Wars

Barbara Kingsolver The Lacuna

Laila Lalami The Secret Son

Andrea Levy The Long Song

Attica Locke Black Water Rising

Maria McCann The Wilding

Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall

Nadifa Mohamed Black Mamba Boy

Lorrie Moore A Gate at the Stairs

Monique Roffey The Woman on the Green Bicycle

Amy Sackville The Still Point

Kathryn Stockett The Help

Sarah Waters The Little Stranger

Barbara Jefferis Award 2010

The Australian Society of Authors has announced the winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award 2010.

Valued at $35,000, the Award is offered annually for “the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society”.


Kristina Olsson The China Garden


Steven Carroll The Lost Life

Enza Gandolfo Swimming

Cate Kennedy The World Beneath

Susan Varga Headlong

Highly Commended

Judith Lanigan A True History of the Hula Hoop

Lili Wilkinson Pink

Previous Winners

2009 Helen Garner The Spare Room

2008 Rhyll McMaster Feather Man

Miles Franklin Literary Award long list announced

The long list has just been published and includes the Indie Award winner for 2009, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey.  The full long list is:

Figurehead by Patrick Allington
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
The Bath Fugues by Brian Castro
Boy on a Wire by Jon Doust
The Book of Emmett by Deborah Forster
Sons of the Rumour by David Foster
Siddon Rock by Glenda Guest
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
The People’s Train by Thomas Keneally
Lovesong by Alex Miller
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Truth by Peter Temple

Miles Franklin judge Morag Fraser said the blend of authors showed new and award-winning writers continued to expand Australia’s understanding of its own culture. “The newcomers stand alongside some of the great names of Australian literature – writers who have helped define Australian culture and deepened our understanding of ourselves,” Professor Morag said.

The shortlist for the $42,000 prize, won last year by Tim Winton, will be announced next month.

The winner will be announced on June 22.

Stay tuned.

Blayne’s Top Ten Manga 2009

1- Deathnote vol 12 By Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

2- Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion vol 1 By CLAMP

3- Rurouni Kenshin viz big edition vol 1 By Nobuhiro Watsuki

4- Van Von Hunter vol 3 By Mike Schwark & Ron Kaulfersch

5- Black Cat vol 1 By Kentaro Yabuki

6- Naruto vol 1 By Masashi Kishimoto

7- Deathnote vol 7 By Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

8- Hellsing vol 5 By Kouta Hirano

9- Bleach vol 9 By Tite Kubo

10- Dragon Ball viz big edition vol 2 By Akira Toriyama

Marianna’s Top 10 2009

1. Chaos Walking Book 1: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

2. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

3. Tom is Dead by Marie Darrieussecq

4. The Weight of Silence by Catherine Therese

5. Wonders of a Godless World by Andrew McGahan

6. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

7. Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy

8. Brothers and Sisters ed Charlotte Wood

9. The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips

10. Leisureville by Andrew Blechman