Summer night's book chats

Summer Read 2Spend a light and breezy summer evening discussing some of the biggest books of 2019.

Titles up for discussion are: The Testaments, No Friend but the Mountains and The Art of Growing Up.

Head to the library catalogue to reserve a copy of the book to read before the discussion or bring your own copy.

No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani

Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains. In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since. This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi it is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

Wednesday 22 January
6pm to 7.30pm
Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre

The Art of Growing Up by John Marsden

John Marsden has spent his adult life engaging with young minds - through both his award-winning, internationally bestselling young adult fiction and his work as one of Australia's most esteemed and experienced educators. As the founder and principal of two schools, John is at the coalface of education and a daily witness to the inevitable and yet still mysterious process of growing up. Now, in this astonishing, insightful and ambitious manifesto, John pulls together all he has learned from over thirty years' experience working with and writing for young people. He shares his insights into everything - from the role of schools and the importance of education, to problem parents and problem children, and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be 'happy' in the 21st century.

Thursday 30 January
6pm to 7.30pm
Altona North Community Library