‘A truly good book is something as natural, and as unexpectedly and unaccountably fair and perfect, as a wild-flower discovered on the prairies of the West or in the jungles of the East.’ 
- Henry David Thoreau, Walking (1862) - 
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
Australia’s premier literary venue, the Wheeler Centre, is hosting a series of online events to help us all get through our various lockdowns.

Take a look at their event offerings here
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah 

Beginning at sundown on Monday, September 6 and ending at sundown on Wednesday, September 8 2021 - was Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.  

Celebrated with feasts and holy day services with family and community, Rosh Hashanah begins on Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. The festival dates vary from year to year, but usually fall in September and October. 

Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the 10 day period of introspection and repentance known as the Days of Awe, culminating in the Yom Kippur holiday, known as the Day of Atonement.  

To mark the occasion, the Book Groups team have selected their top Jewish-themed books from our book catalogue, Dialogue.  

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News From Book Groups
New online book discussion group! 
“For the love of books” 

Choose from a large selection of classic titles about love, especially chosen by our Book Groups team to read in digital format and then meet up in online groups for discussion. 

“Small things, done in great love, bring joy and peace” (Mother Theresa).

For further information, simply email: bookgroups@cae.edu.au. We would love to hear from you! 

The New 2022 Dialogue is Here
The team has been working hard to put together our book catalogue for 2022!

The next edition of Dialogue is now available for digital download and hard copy with new additions to enjoy with your group - please visit www.cae.edu.au/book-groups/book-catalogue/ to download or request your copy.
Book Groups Venue in Park Orchard
CAE has a standing offer from a café in Park Orchards who offer a cosy setting that would suit any Book Group interested in varying their schedule of meeting exclusively in members’ homes. The café 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 

The book "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen takes place in what era?  

(*Answer at the bottom of the newsletter) 

September Giveaway
This month we have 2 gorgeous hardback editions to give away. 

The Happiest Man on Earth, by Eddie Jaku 

Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But that all changed in November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. For the next seven years, he faced unimaginable horrors daily, first in Buchenwald, then Auschwitz, then a Nazi death march. He lost family, friends, and his country. Because he survived, Eddie made a vow to smile every day. He pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom and living his best possible life. He now believes he is the ‘happiest man on earth’. Published as Eddie turns 100, this is a powerful, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful memoir of how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.  

Thanks to Pan Macmillan 

The Book of Hope, by Jonny Benjamin and Britt Pflüger 

There is always hope, even when we cannot seem to find it within. 101 brilliant contributors to The Book of Hope can help you find hope whenever you need it most. Award-winning mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, MBE, and co-editor Britt Pflüger bring together people from all walks of life – actors, musicians, athletes, psychologists and activists – to share what gives them hope.

101 key voices in the field of mental health, from the likes of Lemn Sissay, Dame Kelly Holmes, Frank Turner and Zoe Sugg, to Joe Tracini, Elizabeth Day, Hussain Manawer and Joe Wicks, share not only their experiences with anxiety, psychosis, panic attacks and more, but also what helps them when they are feeling low. This joyful collection is a supportive hand to anyone looking to find light on a dark day and shows that, no matter what you may be going through, you are not alone. Jonny Benjamin is known for his book and documentary film, The Stranger on the Bridge, which fought to end stigma around talking about mental health, suicidal thoughts and schizoaffective disorder. When his campaign to find the man who prevented him from taking his own life went viral, Jonny was one of a wave of new figures lifting the lid on mental health struggles. In this book, he brings together a range of voices to speak to the spectrum of our experiences of mental health and the power of speaking up and seeking help. 

Thanks to Pan Macmillan 

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 inspirational people. Include your name and postal address. Entries close on Friday 8th October. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media.  
Upcoming Courses

The Short Story

5 classes, 26 Oct - 23 Nov 

Tuesday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm 

$348 / $331 (conc)


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Croatian: Elementary 1 (Online)

9 classes, 9 Nov - 25 Jan 

Tuesday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

$349 / $332 (conc) 

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Brush up your Shakespeare: Another History, Comedy & Tragedy (Online)

4 classes, 11 Nov - 2 Dec 

10:30am - 12:00pm 

$189 / $180 (conc) 

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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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