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March 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – March

March 3 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The Power by Naomi Alderman If you'd asked me a month ago if we've read Naomi Alderman's The Power for Book Club, I would probably have said we have. The reality is that we haven't, it just gets mentioned a lot. When I realised this I decided to correct that oversight. The Power is an unusual book in that it's presented as a historical fiction account of a massive cultural shift that starts in the present, as told by someone…

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Meet the Author: Catherynne Valente

March 14 @ 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
The Generous Squire, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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You'll find books by Catherynne Valente all over the store, since not only is she a customer and staff favourite, but she also writes in an array of spec fic sub genres. In addition to the very popular young adult Fairyland series, she's also written some wonderful folklore and history inspired books as well as weird-fiction and her latest science fiction humour title Space Opera. We've also read two of her books for our book club, Radiance and Deathless. Recently…

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Cancelled – Meet the Author: Dervla McTiernan

March 24 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we regret that we have had to cancel this event in the immediate term. I'm very pleased to announce that we'll be hosting an evening with Dervla McTiernan on the 24th of March. With her third crime novel, The Good Turn just about to be released I of course put my hand up for an event, hosted at Durty Nelly's Irish pub. Since Dervla emigrated from Ireland to Western Australia in 2011, I think…

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June 2020

Books from Afar, with Sami Shah

June 30 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Zoom

A relaxed interview style event with Sami chatting with Stefen via Zoom about his young adult books Boy of Fire and Boy of Earth with a Q&A following. RSVP required so we can send the meeting link to you:  stefen@stefensbooks.com.au or facebook.com/stefensbooks.

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July 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – July

July 7 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Children of Time by Andrian Tchaikovsky I’ve wanted to do this as a bookclub book for a while. It’s quite a thick read but I think it’s one that is worth everybody’s time. It’s basically a book about aliens, although the aliens are not quite what we usually get in science fiction, they’re done with a very interesting and clever development structure and they’re made from something familiar. This is one of my favourite books where humans and other intelligences…

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August 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – August

August 4 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson I’ve wanted to do a Kim Stanley Robinson book for a while but they’re generally pretty hefty or in multi book series’ and I try to avoid that for bookclub books. However, Red Moon, the most recent release is about the right length and stand-alone. It’s a near-future tale of colonisation of the Moon, but also of people and society. Kim Stanley Robinson is quite famous for weaving science and politics into his books…

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September 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – September

September 1 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M Miller Jr When I set this book for earlier in the year I hadn’t expected it to be quite so appropriate. I also had no idea I’d be running the club online via Zoom, but there you are. There’s so much in this book that it seemed a shame that we didn’t get to do it properly with a full house, so it’ll be our first ‘do-over’. I’d decided on and ordered the…

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Stefen’s Bookclub – October

September 1 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa This is a strangely compelling story set on a small island that is under the control of The Memory Police who decide for reasons of their own to remove things from the island. When they do this, not only are the physical objects taken away but the memory of them. Anything could be selected, a type of flower, a style of garment, a foodstuff and finally people. Those who question the Memory Police and…

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November 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – November

November 3 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone We have done a lot of Hugo Award winning books in the bookclub, and rightly so. This month, it’s a Hugo Award and Nebula Award-winning novella in the form of This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar.  It’s an epistolary time travel romance, and quite complex despite its short length. It is full of references and uses the time…

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December 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – December

December 1 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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We by Evgeny Zamyatin This is a 1926 dystopian novel that serves as the inspiration for both 1984 and Brave New World. George Orwell and Aldous Huxley both frequently name checking Zamyatin as a major influence on their work. It’s a short piece about a scientifically perfect (supposedly) future Russian society and one individual within it who is given reasons to question everything he believes he knows about the world and about the nature of his society. It’s quite intense,…

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