"Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew each other. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic"
Carl Sagan, Cosmos (1980) 
Book Groups Update
Please continue to check restrictions in your state or territory so you can meet safely, while practising good hygiene and social distancing. Thank you to all our groups for your support in this difficult time for everyone. If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with us at bookgroups@cae.edu.au.
Literary News

The 2021 Booker Prize was announced on 3rd November. The winner is The Promise by Damon Galgut. He becomes the third South African writer to win the prestigious fiction prize, after JM Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer. Galgut grew up in Pretoria, where The Promise is set, and now lives in Cape Town.

Other shortlisted novels were A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam, No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed, Bewilderment by Richard Powers, and Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead.
Walk Through Important Literary Dates In November 

From births, deaths, marriages and inventions, this month we look back at historical, interesting and important literary dates that have occurred in November. 

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2022 Dialogue

The next issue of Dialogue is available for digital download and hard copy with new additions to enjoy with your group.  

Download the 2022 Dialogue
Book Group Venue In Park Orchards

CAE has a standing offer from a cafĂ© in Park Orchards that offer a cosy setting which would suit any Book Group interested in varying their schedule of meeting exclusively in members’ homes. The cafĂ© can offer supper and drinks to groups at reasonable prices and the group can have the venue to themselves. If anyone is interested, email bookgroups@cae.edu.au and let us know. 

Literature Quiz Question of the Month

Which book holds the record of being the most stolen book from public libraries? (* Answer at the bottom of the newsletter) 

November Giveaway

This month we have 2 lovely editions to give away. 

At the End of the Day, by Liz Byrski 

When Mim Squires and Mathias Vander are stranded together on a disrupted flight home to Perth, they are surprised to find that they have much in common. Mim owns a bookshop, Mathias is a writer, and both are at turning points in their lives. Mim’s childhood polio is taking a toll on her life. Mathias is contemplating a cross-continent move to be nearer his daughter. But life back in Perth is not smooth sailing, with their respective family members going through their own upheavals.

 As Mim and Mathias both struggle to adjust to the challenges of being in their late seventies, secrets from the past that neither wishes to face rise to the surface, challenging their long-held beliefs in their independence and singularity. At the end of the day can they muster the wisdom and the courage they need to change?  

Thanks to Pan Macmillan.

The Dying Diplomats Club, by Matthew Benns 

A brand new mystery featuring Nick and La Contessa, the beloved characters from Matthew Benns' nationwide newspaper serial. What should have been a glittering New Year’s Eve at Kirribilli House takes a fatal turn. Can Nick and La Contessa unmask a murderer? And what has their intrepid beagle Baxter discovered in the Prime Minister’s bedroom?  

Thanks to HarperCollins.

Anyone is welcome to enter. To go in the draw, simply email us at competition@cae.edu.au and let us know your favourite books about the unexpected. Include your name and postal address. Entries close on Friday 3rd December. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media. 

Upcoming Classes

Last Minute Language For Travellers (Italian)
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11 Dec Saturday,
1:00pm - 5:00pm 
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Amusing Her Majesty - Queen Victoria's Music (Online)
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10 Dec & 17 Dec Friday,
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10:00am - 3:30pm
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*Answer: Guinness Book of World Records 

Do you have a literature themed trivia question that will stump our readers? Please email it through to bookgroups@cae.edu.au 

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