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- 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: in place of the festival this year, on 24th June, Bill from CAE and Angela from Readings spoke as part of an online forum about our respective book programs. Clunes conducted the forum on Zoom and it was very well attended. For those who missed it, here is the recording of the event:
The Business of Book Clubs on Vimeo
Vive La France
July is Bastille Day month, celebrating 14th of July 1789. CAE Book Groups has plenty of French-themed books in our catalogue.

Here are just a few...
Happy 90th Birthday to Barbara McKenzie
This week CAE Book Groups and the Seaford 2 group would like to wish long-time member Barbara McKenzie a very happy 90th Birthday!
Barbara celebrated with her fellow book group members on Wednesday 14th July. 
Book Group secretary Marie spoke to us about the respect that her and the other members of the group have for Barbara. 
“Barbara has been part of our group since prior to 1984 and during this time she has been an active and enthusiastic member. One of the things myself and the 11 other members of our group appreciate about Barbara is the beautiful handwritten notes and observations about the books that she would bring to every meeting.” 
“Besides wonderful critiques of the books, Barbara would sometimes go off on the most interesting tangents – these were more memorable than the book itself! Barbara used to be a teacher and she would lead discussions on the art and history books. She is a very beloved member of our group and we wish her a beautiful 90th birthday.” Marie said. 
Sadly, Barbara will also be finishing up with her group at the end of this year. We thank Barbara for her years of lively conversations, interesting insights and passion for CAE Book Groups. 
Book Group venue in Park Orchards
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 and let us know.
July Giveaway
This month we have 2 x two-book packs to give away.

Lost Letters from Vienna by Sue Course

Letters discovered by the author, written in German, from her parents and grandparents at the time of the Nazi takeover of Vienna in 1938. This correspondence tells a wartime tale of the author’s extended family and her upbringing in Australia, chronicling the displacement and dislocation across cultures.  

Thanks to Wild Dingo Press

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

On a Norwegian island in the seventeenth century, a terrible sea storm takes the life of all the menfolk, leaving their widows and families to fend for themselves. Then a domineering missionary arrives with his wife, intending to civilise this godless place. Inspired by the 1621 witch trials, it is a story about the dangerous power of fear and love.

Thanks to Picador
The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper

Miss Elizabeth Quinn is an institution in Maitland Town of 1913. She and her brother have long lived in an elegant house next to the church. One morning she is found quivering in the corner of a gallery. Some people believe that prehistoric remains or a taxidermy exhibition have caused this; others suspect a striking painting on loan from the National Gallery. As the past and present converge, Elizabeth’s grip on reality loosens. This historical mystery is rich in atmosphere and detail.

Thanks to HarperCollins/HQ
Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle

When a young woman wakes on a boat with no recollection of how she got there, she accepts the help of two strangers who help to change the course of her life. She learns to navigate on the ocean as a world blossoms into colours she has never seen before. Later, the only woman among men on a yacht from Noumea to Auckland, she discovers that at sea, no one can hear you scream.

Thanks to Allen & Unwin

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 6th August. We will notify the winners and we may use their answers on social media.

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