We’re delighted to announce that local author Margaret Young will be visiting Mostly Books on Wednesday 6 May from 6:00 pm.
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.
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.
Don’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.
In January last year, Lynette Washington, a short story writer and Ph.D candidate at Adelaide Uni, called on writers from the university’s postgraduate Creative Writing program to submit for an anthology of short fiction. Apart from a 3000-word limit, the only requirement was that the stories address the idea of ‘beauty’.
‘Immediately it struck us as a theme that would work,’ she told a small audience at Mostly Books last Wednesday night.
At first, she said, she lay awake worrying that her inbox would be flooded with conventionally ‘beautiful’ stories, well-written but uninteresting.
‘Then the first submissions started coming in, and I realised I was an idiot.’
Lynette gave us a glimpse into the process of assembling and editing the anthology. Then, after recommending a couple of her favourite stories from authors who were not in attendance – among them, Amy T. Matthews’ ‘This is the Body of Wonderful Jones’ and Katherine Arguile’s ‘Wabi Sabi’ – she introduced the evening’s first reader: Gillian Britton, whose story ‘Beautiful Girl’ follows an recently remarried architect through a single morning, when her struggle to hold her family together comes to a head.
She turns away. Stares out of the vast, horribly expensive triple-glazed windows that run the length of the passage opposite the kids’ bedrooms. Last night she’d stared out in exactly the same way and seen a mother fox and its litter standing motionless in the field, illuminated by the full moon. She would like to tell Tom this. She would like not to be having this endless wrangle over Lucy.
Rosemary Jackson followed with the blackly humorous ‘Athina and the Sixty Nine Calorie Burn’, a story told through the blog posts of an anorexic high school student, as well as from the perspective of the middle-aged man who becomes her lover and enabler.
I’ve found this really cool website for pro-ana’s. Which is what I’ve decided I am. They’ve got pretend names and stuff because if you’re seriously pro-ana your parents and teachers start giving you shit. There’s lots of cool ideas for fooling people like having bits of carrot and celery and shit and kind of nibbling them all day so people think you’re eating all the time BUT there’s hardly any calories and then people stop hassling you.
Because we Gotta Stay Strong! And these chicks are all really supportive of each other, so that’s what we’re gonna do here. MWAAH!
Our three presenters formed an impromptu panel to answer questions about short fiction, Creative Writing degrees and the ideas behind their respective stories. ‘Beautiful Girl’, said Gillian, had begun with the image of the fox – something that she had seen and been compelled to use – while Rosemary had been writing partly to explore the dynamic of relationships between older men and younger women, which intrigued her.
Between glasses of wine and cups of tea, we even managed to sell a few copies of the book.
I wish Lynette all the best with her future editorial projects, and look forward to the day when I can hand-sell a collection of her own stories. Perhaps when the Ph.D. is done?
We’re greatly looking forward to our upcoming event in conjunction with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, ‘Inside Story’. From 1pm on November the 1st, we’ll be listening to local authors and illustrators talking about their craft and signing books. Come and hear from your favourite author or discover a new illustrator!
Light snacks and prizes will be offered on the day. It is definitely not one to miss! This is a free event, although we do ask that you RSVP via phone, email or Facebook for catering purposes.
We’re delighted to announce a new card game based on the works of Jane Austen, to be launched at Mostly Books on Sunday July 20 at 2:00 pm.
Joan Ting, a lifetime lover of Austen’s work, first created Jane Austen’s Sweethearts as an activity for members of the Jane Austen Society of Adelaide, who encouraged her to develop it further. After two years of testing and refinement, the game is finally ready for public release.
The game will will be launched by Gillian Dooley, Special Collections Librarian and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University. Gillian has published and presented widely on various literary topics, including essays and articles on Jane Austen, often with a particular emphasis on music. As a singer, she has performed music from Jane Austen’s era in both Australia and the UK.
We’re delighted that Liz Harfull, Australian rural food/literary journalist extraordinaire, will be visiting us again on Thursday June 19 at 6:00 pm.
The last time we saw Liz was two years ago when she released her biography of eight Australian women who run their own farms, Women of the Land. In the meantime, she’s travelled the country in search of prizewinning recipes for her second Blue Ribbon Cookbook.
If you’ve ever entered any homemade food in the Royal Show (or even thought about it), now’s your time to get some tips and inspiration. Come chat with Liz and get your copies of her books signed. Aspiring journalists, this event is for you as well.
We’d like to introduce Adelaide’s newest romance writer, Susanne Hampton, whose debut novel will be launched at Mostly Books in March.
Unlocking the Doctor’s Heart will be published simultaneously in Australia, the US and the UK – not bad at all for first novel. Susanne has landed a four-book contract with Harlequin Mills & Boon as a writer for their Medical Romance series. Her second book, Back in Her Husband’s Arms, is slated for release in June, so if you like the first one, you won’t have long to wait.
You’re invited to join us at 6:30 pm on Friday March 7 to meet Susanne and help celebrate the launch of Unlocking the Doctor’s Heart. Entry is free but bookings are essential. Please RSVP using the form below, and let us know you’re coming on the Facebook page. Should be a great night – and, of course, a perfect way to top off six days spent lazing in the sun at Writers’ Week. See you there!
There’s still room for more people at our event with Danyse Crotti this coming Thursday evening, September 5, 6:30 pm in store.
Danyse will be discussing her approach to healthy eating, and signing copies of her recipe book, Alkaline Alive. She will be happy to answer any questions you have about alkaline food. Herbal teas and nibbles will be provided.
‘I had never intended to become a memoirist – let alone a serial memoirist.’
But, after listening to her speak at Ginger’s Coffee Studio, we can add ‘serial memoirist’ to Anna Goldworthy’s extensive list of virtues. As well as being an award-winning classical pianist and writer, Anna is a warm, articulate and engaging speaker with a self-deprecating sense of humour. And, as everyone who met her on Monday night can attest, she is exceptionally tall.
Speaking to all three of her published works – her two memoirs Piano Lessons and Welcome to Your New Life, and her Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny – Anna discussed issues of female subjectivity, motherhood, music and the craft of memoir.
She noted that, while memoir at its worst can be self-absorbed, she has always been attracted to the kind of memoir that focuses on characters other than the memoirist. Her first book, Piano Lessons, is as much a tribute to her teacher Eleonora Sivan as it is a reflection on her own youth. And, despite setting out to put mothers back in the spotlight with Welcome to Your New Life, she found herself writing the entire book in the second person; addressing it to you, making her newborn son the centre of the work.
She finished with a reading from this same work; a particularly incisive passage on motherly anxiety (specifically the anxiety that your infant child will somehow be dropped into a composting toilet) that had everyone in the audience laughing.