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Meet Margaret Young

Margaret Young with her daughters Marnie Watts and Cath McGee in the Eastern Courier Messenger.
Margaret Young with her daughters Marnie Watts and Cath McGee in the Eastern Courier Messenger.

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

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.

Breaking Beauty: A Reading

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.

(Photo by Gay Lynch)
Photo by Gay Lynch.

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.’

Just as I had hoped, the writers took the theme of beauty and cracked it open, looking at the underside of the idea and the fact that beauty cannot exist without its companion and alter ego – ugliness.

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.

Gillian Britton reads from 'Beautiful Girl'.
Gillian Britton reads from ‘Beautiful Girl’.

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!

Rosemary Jackson reads from 'Athina and the Sixty Nine Calorie Burn'.
Rosemary Jackson reads from ‘Athina and the Sixty Nine Calorie Burn’.

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.

Breaking Beauty coverBetween 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?

Breaking Beauty is published by Midnight Sun and is available from Mostly Books for $24.99.

Inside Story Event

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.

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Jane Austen’s Sweethearts – The Card Game

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 TingJoan 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.

The Jane Austen’s Sweethearts website will also go live on July 20.

All are welcome. For catering purposes, please RSVP to, or using the form below:

An Evening with Liz Harfull

Liz Harfull

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.

Australian-Blue-Ribbon-Cookbook-cover-low-resThe 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 LandIn 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.

RSVP below, and on the Facebook page.

Meet Susanne Hampton

Susanne HamptonWe’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.

Unlocking the Doctor's Heart Australian

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!

Meet Susan Duncan

Following the success of our events at Ginger’s Coffee Studio with Hannah Kent and Anna Goldsworthy, we’re gearing up for our final literary evening of the year.

Susan Duncan

Join us at 7:00 pm on Monday October 21 to meet Susan Duncan, author of The House at Salvation CreekThe Briny Cafe and, most recently, Gone Fishing.

Susan has had a twenty-five year career spanning newspaper, radio and magazines, including as editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly and New Idea.

We’ve brought the ticket price down to $25 a head. Food is included, drinks are available for purchase.

RSVP below (and on Facebook, if you’re a hip social media kind of person), then pick up your tickets from the shop.

Hope to see you there for what should be a great night!

Meet Danyse Crotti Next Thursday Night

Alkaline AliveThere’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.

You can download our poster for the event here.

There’s no cost, but we’d love you to RSVP below (and also on our Facebook page, if you’re feeling enthusiastic.)

An Evening with Anna Goldsworthy

Anna 1

‘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.

Anna, Kate and Charmaine

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.

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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.

Anna’s next big writing gig is the premiere of the Victorian Opera’s production of The Magic Pudding. Come October, she will be a librettist as well.