Book Discussion Group

An enthusiastic group of readers meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss a set book by an Australian author. Books chosen for discussion are generally YA titles although the occasional book for Younger Readers is included.  In the past a book by an overseas author has also made the list for discussion.

There are several special events throughout the year. Guest authors are invited to talk about recent publications and, following the announcement of the Book of the Year Awards Short List, the group meets to review all the shortlisted titles.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Book Discussion Group meetings to improve their knowledge of Australian young adult and children’s literature.

Contact Gail Spiers: gailspiers@iinet.net.au

 

Due to the COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, the Book Discussion Group meetings have been suspended until further notice.

However, this does not prevent us from reading as many of the shortlisted books as possible, continuing to read the set titles below and sharing our opinions via email.

 

2020 Meeting Dates and Books to be Discussed

 

Wednesday, 22 January

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard

7.00pm University Club Members’ Room

6.00pm University Club Cafe

Contact: Gail Spiers gailspiers@iinet.net.au


Wednesday, 26 February

This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

7.00pm University Club Members’ Room

6.00pm University Club Cafe

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.au

Longlisted, the Stella Prize, 2020

‘My YA novel of the year…[Vikki Wakefield] writes brilliantly from inside a teen boy’s head, illuminating his thoughts and words with searing understanding and empathy, along with hints of hope.’
Australian


Wednesday, 25 March

Cancelled

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

7.00pm University Club Members’ Room

6.00pm University Club Cafe

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.au

Winner of the 2018 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

‘An adorably awkward and real romance. It was love at first chapter for me.’ Emily Gale


Wednesday, 22 April

Cancelled

Shortlist discussion with Guest Judge Jan Pocock talking about the books in the Younger Readers’ category and CBCA WA Branch members talking about rest of the books in the 2020 Book of the Year Short List.

6.30pm Oasis House

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.au


Wednesday, 27 May

Cancelled

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

7.00pm University Club Members’ Room

6.00pm University Club Cafe

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.au

Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults

'Every now and then you pick up a novel and you know you've found something wonderful - a glorious voice, a character you adore. Helena Fox's novel delivers. It is exquisite. Read it.' Cath Crowley