Not even on shelves yet and already on the waves, John Urquhart will be sitting down tomorrow morning with the bright and bubbly Jo Printz from 10am tomorrow on ABC Western Victoria 91.7FM (Program: Mornings with Jo Printz) to chat about his outstanding memoir, Meet Japan.
Meet Japan is his first book and explores the heart and culture of Japan through a selection of letters written between 1974 – 85, written by John and his late wife Lois after their young family was assigned to live in Japan in the 1970s for John’s work with Borthwick and Sons to market meat – which until then had never been part of the local diet. Meet Japan does not centre on John’s work however, it goes so much deeper with sincerity, heart and respect to share and recount the beauty of Japan, the local customs and to tell the story of how two people and their young family came to experience Japan all their own.
If you would like to tune in but cannot pick up this signal/prefer to listen digitally their interview will be streamed live on Radio ABC Western Vic Live
Fancy a haircut next to a lady having her face shaved?
What about a young lady escorting a family through a bath-house full of naked old men?
Or shopping at the green grocer’s, with the basket-style till dangling from the ceiling?
Welcome to living in Japan where unexpected joys and revelations are just around the next corner. Inspired by a selection of letters written between 1974-85, Meet Japan is a journey of enlightenment as seen through the eyes of John and Lois Urquhart. Their Japan was in the mountains, valleys, villages, back streets and everyday hustle and bustle of ordinary people. Meet Japan gives an insight into the country’s deeply spiritual relationship with nature, its beauty, the evolution of its ‘food life’ and culture, and explores the soul of this fascinating country.
To experience Meet Japan for yourself you’re in luck as it launches later this month!
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“For many of us, the conditioning of past experiences, the conditioning stored in our memory as images, limits the capacity of our mind. For many of us, to actively work on training our mind and reprogramming our mind is therefore a key step in freeing us from past limitations and opening us to future possibilities. Clearly, it is the mind that changes everything…” – Excerpt from The Mind that Changes Everything, written by Dr Ian Gawler (first printed in 2011 by Brolga Publishing)
The invaluable writings of Dr Ian Gawler in The Mind that Changes Everything are based on modern research and current studies and it’s aim is to inspire, energise and inform one’s own mind’s potential. He is an authority on how this can be achieved with his many qualifications and the real-world application of his own practices during his remarkable recovery from cancer several years ago.
If you would like to learn more you can follow Dr Ian Gawler on his website – www.gawler.org, where you can then read his latest blog and all previous blog posts.
His next presentations are:
Medicine of the Mind
Date: Friday 24th August
Time: 6.45 – 9.30pm
Health, Healing and Wellbeing – Seeking to use the Power of the Mind
Date: Saturday 25th August
Time: 1.30 – 4.30pm
You can purchase The Mind that Changed Everything from all good bookstores or order directly by contacting email@example.com
On a brisk August Wednesday afternoon to a packed library in the heart of the South Eastern Suburb of Nunawading, Mal Walden was the focus of captivated audience as he spoke of his 60 year career as Australia’s longest-serving news presenter, his experiences in radio and television journalism and two current titles, The News Man (Brolga Publishing, 2016) and Good News! (Brolga Publishing, 2017).
If you would like to keep up with Whitehorse Manningham Libraries, jump on their website or follow them on Facebook.
The News Man: 9781925367492
Good News: 9781925367928
If you’re in the area of or surrounds of Forster, New South Wales you are in for a treat!
G. J. Maher, author of Moon Over the Mediterranean is going to be giving an author talk at Forster Library on August 20, 2018!
Moon Over the Mediterranean has been a phenomenal hit with copies being loved and read all over Australia and Europe – it tells the fascinating story of Alexander, a conscientious objector in 1960s Holland. He embarks on a lifetime adventure, travelling the hippie trail through Greece, India, Nepal, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and beyond. Keeping his sketch pad at hand he always has a good book to enjoy and engages in deep philosophical discussions with fellow travellers, as well as falling in and out of love along the way. As he matures, Alexander becomes more involved with the world around him, helping displaced persons, building clinics, schools and rehabilitation centres, assisting children who have been abducted as child soldiers and abused in horrifying ways. Finally, he embarks on several monumental projects where he attempts to change the way people think towards bigotry and asylum seekers. Moon over the Mediterranean is a feel-good book despite the difficult issues it confronts. It tells the story of one man’s struggle to make the world a better place and live a compassionate life.
Event Details: Monday, August 20 2018
10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Forster Library
4-12 Breese Parade
Forster, NSW 2428
Follow this link to book:
Eventbrite.com.au | G. J. Maher – Moon Over the Mediterranean
Sometimes one needs to sit back, relax and enjoy the smaller things in life … and if sometimes you find this seemingly easier-said-than-done then do we have some solid advice for you! First-time author Sally-Anne Hurley has written the breakout How to Love the Sh*t out of Life and we and the Daily Telegraph – Macarthur Chronicle recommend nabbing this title which is available from tomorrow!
Follow this link to read the fantastic article by the Daily Telegraph – Macarthur Chronicle, posted July 6: Daily Telegraph – Macarthur Chronicle | How to Love the Sh*t Out of Life: Leumeah author Sally-Anne Hurley shares her tips
How to Love the Sh*t out of Life was inspired by the desire to create and sustain a positive outlook to take with you through life. Using anecdotes and tales from her and the lives of the people in her life Sally-Anne Hurley provides insightful, often funny examples of how she has practised the strategies she preaches in the book.
As well as being available in all good bookstores you can also directly order a copy of this title by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In years past noticing a lack of support for women crime writers the amazing Sisters in Crime Australia launched the Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women and we’re super excited to have our own Toni Grant and her book Serpent Song in the running this year!
The Davitt Awards – named in honour of Ellen Davitt, author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud in 1865 are presented annually by the Sisters in Crime Australia association. The Davitt Awards has been giving women crime writers, both fiction and non-fiction, adult and young adult fiction, a platform to celebrate their hard work on some truly phenomenal books since establishing in 2001 to mark 10 year anniversary of the organisation. Some of the past winners have included; Three-Pronged Dagger (Kelly Greenwood), Frantic (Katherine Howell) and Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty – now adapted to TV with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgård and Adam Scott in the all-star cast amongst others)
The shortlist for the Davitt Awards is set to be announced in coming days and we’re cheering for Toni and Serpent Song!
If you haven’t read Toni’s edge-of-your-seat crime, romance and adventure-packed Serpent series it’s never not a good time to spoil yourself! You can purchase a copy of Serpent Song or it’s follow-up Serpent Sting they are available at all good bookstores and can also be ordered by contacting email@example.com directly.
Serpent Song ISBN:
Serpent Sting ISBN:
Toni Grant‘s way with storytelling; full of heart, intrigue, adventure and edge-of-your-seat excitement is back to dare you to try and convince yourself that this will be the last ‘just one more chapter…’ in the follow-up to 2017’s Serpent Song with the latest in her gripping Serpent Series, Serpent Sting!
In the gorgeous Darling Harbour of Sydney, Australia, Toni Grant launched Serpent Sting while aboard a stunning private boat with glasses of champagne at the ready for her and her guests to toast her hard work. Everyone was keen to soak up the experience of a book launch on a boat and it was even overheard that more than one friend/partner warn the other – “Don’t even think about curling up in the sun and start reading that book yet!”
The author herself, Toni Grant, standing on the private boat and excitedly awaiting her guests
Toni Grant (left) with Kim Grant (Toni’s sister-in-law, right) who is very excited to have Serpent Song and its next instalment, Serpent Sting!
Copies of Serpent Sting ready to be snapped up after the launch speech by Catherine McKenna, Toni Grant’s best friend of 31 years.
The launch venue boat, in all it’s glory making an entrance to Darling Harbour, Sydney
If you haven’t gotten your copies of Serpent Song or Serpent Sting don’t fret! They’re available at all good bookstores and also can be ordered direct by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serpent Song: 9781925367805
Serpent Sting: 9780648242659
Mal Walden, author of The News Man (Brolga Publishing, 2017) and Good News! (Brolga Publishing, 2018) known most famously for his sixty-year career starting in country Victoria radio and then then shift to television as news anchor for channels 7 and 10 – retiring as one of most well-loved and respected news presenters of our time, will be attending and being a part of the speakers panel at Bayside Literary Festival!
The News Man – 60 Years of Television. ISBN: 9781925367492
Good News! ISBN: 9781925367928
Bayside Literary Festival will be hosted on Sunday, 27th of May 2018 and invites writers and readers to come together for a day of workshops, presentations, guest speakers and discussion panels.Bayside Literary Festival is in partnership with the Highett Neighbourhood House. Enjoy a glass of wine, canapes and the delightful sound of the Bayside Chamber Orchestra whilst mingling with fellow writers and our special guests.
Start time: 10 am – 5 pm
Location: Highett Neighbourhood Community House
Cost: Free. Bookings essential.
Further information: https://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/events/bayside-literary-festival
There’s no stopping G. J. Maher! When he’s not stopping the public in their tracks with delicious chilli he’s fast gaining a solid fanbase and enthusiastic audience spanning the globe with his amazing, heartfelt and intrepid book Moon Over the Mediterranean!
This coming Wednesday (May 23rd 2018) he will be sitting down with the Bec Symons of ABC Gippsland from 10:10am so tune in! I know we will be!
Bec Symons is known for her avid involvement in the local community and for her passion about bringing remarkable stories of the Gippslanders who have stolen her heart. Her regular panel is 10am – 11am weekdays on 100.7FM or you can tune in live at Radio.abc.net.au and you can check out more about her and her show by following this link: www.abc.net.au: Programs – Gippsland Mornings
If you haven’t yet found out what all the hype is about you can purchase Moon Over the Mediterranean at all good bookstores or by emailing email@example.com directly.
(Graphic sourced from: CancerAid Facebook – posted May 9th, 2018)
The indomitable Ros Ben-Moshe, author of Laughing at cancer (Brolga Publishing, 2017), La Trobe University Adjunct lecturer, Director and consultant with LaughLife Wellbeing Programs, motivational speaker AND survivor of bowel cancer – a shock diagnosis on her 43rd birthday – is now the newest Ambassador of CancerAid App.
CancerAid – the number one cancer App in the US, UK and Australia, known for securing $500,000 with Shark Tank’s Andrew Banks and Glen Richards in 2017 and is used in 24 countries used by over 10,000 patients and caregivers.
Click here to download the app – avail. via App Store (Apple Iphone) and Google Play (Android)
If you haven’t already got a copy of Laughing at cancer, it is available in all good bookstores and can be ordered directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.