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Samuel has worked at Mostly Books since he was sixteen years old. He’s now twenty-three. During his time as a bookseller, he’s also completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Creative Writing at Flinders University, with an Honours thesis on the representation of LGBT people in young adult fiction, for which he was awarded a University Medal. He's had a few short stories published, judged the Indie Book Award three times and been twice nominated for Random House Young Bookseller of the Year. He reads practically everything (except for sport biographies and self-help books), and particularly enjoys contemporary Australian literary fiction, young adult and children’s fiction, surreal and magic-realist fiction and long-form journalism. He is the person to ask if you need help finding a book for a reluctant reader. His favourite part of the job is running the Young Writers Group, which has been going strong since July 2012.

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Introducing Ben and Jess

They’ve now been at Mostly Books for several months, so it’s about time we introduced them properly. Meet Jess and Ben, our newest booksellers.

Jess

Ever since she started working in her first bookstore at age 17, Jess has always loved selling, reading and talking about books. She particularly likes reading fantasy, science, history and gardening books, but often finds herself falling in love with nearly every other book that comes into the store too! Most of all, she loves the thrill of being able to make someone’s day by tracking down and finding a book that they’ve been searching for but haven’t been able to find anywhere else.

Ben

Ben writes and reads frequently. He has been selling books at Mostly Books since one of the months in 2014. When he is not in the shop he is probably working on a play, review, essay, short story, or tweet (@BenMBrooker). As of this writing, Ben is reading books by Eric Schlosser, Geoffrey Robertson, Margaret Atwood, and Albert Camus.

Meet Margaret Young

We’re delighted to announce that local author Margaret Young will be visiting Mostly Books on Wednesday 6 May 2015 from 6:00 pm.

Anna McGahan as Olive Haynes in 'Anzac Girls'.

Anna McGahan as Olive Haynes in ‘Anzac Girls’.

Margaret’s mother, Olive Haynes, was an Australian nurse in World War One. Her story is featured in the ABC TV series Anzac Girls.

Margaret received her mother’s diaries and letters from her father following Olive’s death in 1978. She compiled and edited them for publication in 1991, choosing the title ‘We Are Here, Too‘ to highlight Olive’s frustration that public attention was always on ‘our boys’, while ‘our girls’ were all but ignored.

Since editing and publishing her mother’s letters, Margaret has continued to advocate for greater recognition of our WWI nurses’ dedication and bravery. She republished ‘We Are Here, Too‘ last year to coincide with the release of Anzac Girls.

Join us for a cuppa (or a glass of wine) and hear first hand the inspiring stories of these two women.

This event is free, but RSVP is essential. Please email or phone (8373 5190) Mostly Books, or fill in the form below, by Tuesday April 28 at the latest.

Feel free to join our event on Facebook as well.

New Blogger in Residence: Adela

Introducing our newest Blogger in Residence, Adela, who will be joining Eloise, Niav and Jonathan in writing for us this year. Adela has been an excellent reviewer of books for our shelves for a while now, so we’re pleased to welcome her to the team.

AdelaAdela is in Year Eight, and has been reviewing novels for Mostly Books since late 2013. She likes to read quirky, original young adult fiction, and her favourite book at the moment is Laurinda by Alice Pung. (Though Looking For Alibrandi is a close second!) Adela also writes poetry. She has been published in the 2012 and 2013 SAETA Spring Poetry Anthologies, and in the ‘Poet’s Corner’ of Indaily twice. Adela is passionate about music. When she is not reading or writing, she loves to listen to her favourite albums, play her guitar and write on her music blog.

An Evening with Beccy Cole

We’re thrilled to announce that Beccy Cole will be at Mostly Books to celebrate the release of her new memoir, Poster Girl, on Thursday 16 April from 6:30 pm.

Beccy ColeDon’t miss this opportunity to meet one of Australia’s best loved country singer-songwriters in the intimate surrounds of her local bookshop.

From busking with Kasey Chambers as a teenager to performing for Australian troops in the Middle East, from marriage and motherhood to coming out and finding love, via too many music awards to count, Poster Girl charts Beccy Cole’s inspiring personal journey.

Tea, coffee and wine will be provided.

This event is free, but RSVP is essential. Please email or phone (8373 5190) Mostly Books, or fill in the form below, by Friday 10 April at the latest.

If you are young, hip and/or tech-savvy, you may also RSVP on Facebook.

Camp NaNoWriMo: April 2014

Attention all writers aged 10-18:

Camp NaNoWriMo Participant Banner

After three years of running the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, this year the Mostly Books Young Writers Group will also be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo.

It’s not a literal camp – more like a mini version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) during the school holidays. Participants are assigned to virtual ‘cabins’ during April and/or July, and choose their own writing goal to work towards over the course of the month. This may be as small as a short story of a few thousand words, or as large as a full length novel of 50 000 words. (Or larger. By all means go crazy.)

You can also work on sections of existing projects, which is something we discourage you from doing during the November challenge. For example, this April you might want to blast through the next 20 000 words of a novel-in-progress, or edit 30 000 words of a completed manuscript.

Participants will have access to online support and motivation via the Camp NaNoWriMo website. In addition, our own team of participants will be able to pep-talk each other at the April meeting (Saturday April 11), catch-up on missed words at the write-in (Sunday April 19) and procrastinate in our online chat room while (theoretically) typing away at their novels.

All local school-aged writers are welcome to join our cabin, including those who haven’t been to group meetings before. Spread the word!

To register your interest, email samuel@mostlybooks.com.au.