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

  

2020 Meeting Dates and Books to be Discussed

 


  

Next book

 

Wednesday, 26 August

The End of the World is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell

7.00pm Oasis House Nedlands

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.net.au

This is award winning author, Davina Bell’s first book for Young Adults.


  

Forthcoming titles

 

Wednesday, 23 September

The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon

7.00pm Oasis House Nedlands

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.net.au

Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow was a CBCA Honour Book in 2017


Wednesday, 28 October

The Erasure Initiative by Lily Wilkinson

7.00pm Oasis House Nedlands

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.net.au

Lili established the insideadog.com.au website and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature and is the author of 11 YA novels.


Wednesday, 25 November

The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie.

7.00pm Oasis House Nedlands

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.net.au

Rebecca won the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award for her manuscript of The History of Mischief.


  

Previous titles

 

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

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

Via email

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

Short List discussion via Zoom

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.au


Wednesday, 27 May

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Via Zoom

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


Wednesday, 24 June

Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Sarah Epstein’s first book, Small Spaces, was a CBCA 2019 Book of the Year: Older Readers Honour Book.


Wednesday, 22 July

A New Kind of Everything by Richard Yaxley

Richard Yaxley won the 2018 Prime Minister’s Award for Young Adult Literature.

Via Zoom

Contact: Gail Spiers -- gailspiers@iinet.au