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‘One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for a thousand years. To read is to voyage through time.’
- Carl Sagan
Book Groups Update
A reminder that Book Group enrolments for 2021 were due on March 31st. Enrolment forms are available from our website or you can phone (03) 9652 0611 to enrol. 

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. If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with us at
Literary News
Clunes Booktown Festival 2021 – Although the festival could not proceed for the second year in a row because of the pandemic, there are online sessions available. Bill from CAE will be speaking on a panel, along with Readings, on Thurs 24th June at 7pm in a free online event. Please tune in and take part.
The 2021 Miles Franklin Award shortlist has been announced, including Amnesty by Aravind Adiga [B2337], The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott, At the Edge of the Solid World by Daniel David Wood, The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey, Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos, and The Inland Sea by Madeleine Watts.
Literary Feasts
Whether they are retelling a story or exploring the life of a supporting character, many excellent modern novels are based on literary classics. They also make great book group discussion.

Here are some of our favourites.
Book Group venue in Park Orchards
CAE has received an offer from a café in Park Orchards. They have a cosy setting that would suit a Book Group who would like to vary their meetings from always in a member’s home. 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, please email and let us know.
May Giveaway
This month we have 2 x two-book packs to give away.

The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida

A saga of family, fascism, communism, war, womanhood and survival, this is a sweeping tale through the decades of a woman’s life in twentieth century rural Italy, based on the author’s own family before emigrating.

Thanks to Penguin.

The Blessed Rita by Tommy Wieringa

This darkly comic novel deals with crime and social dysfunction in present-day Netherlands, which is changing into a diverse multicultural melting pot. In this demimonde of shady characters, the main character navigates his way through Dutch society that has changed so much, a legacy of open borders, the European Union and the pressures of modern living.

Thanks to Scribe.
Growing Pineapples in the Outback by Rebecca Lister and Tony Kelly

Rebecca and Tony move from Melbourne to Mount Isa to care for Rebecca’s elderly mother. Isolation, heat and limited opportunity for work confront them. Yet caring for Rebecca’s mother – a crossword-loving 92-year-old – turns into a more enriching experience than either of them expected, and their lives begin to flourish in a most unexpected place.

Thanks to UQP.
Shadow Sisters by Shelley Davidow

In the Apartheid era in South Africa, Shelley’s social activist parents take in Rosie, a black three-year-old who has been abanadoned. Rosie grows up as a daughter and sister in a white household. Shelley’s parents do all they can to provide a safe, happy home for their children but when Rosie is sixteen, the family undergoes a crisis. This memoir chronicles Shelley’s early life at a troubled time in recent history.

Thanks to UQP.

Anyone is welcome to enter. To go in the draw, simply email us at and let us know your favourite books about somewhere far from home. Include your name and postal address. Entries close on Friday 2nd July. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media.

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