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May 2019

Stefen’s Bookclub – May

May 7, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders Charlie Jane Anders is coming to town, we're doing a store event, she has a new science fiction book out and loads of readers are talking about it. So I'm doing the obvious thing and setting it as the book club book. Truth be told, since it's a book that engages with different sorts of societies and identities as well as encounters with the other in the form…

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June 2019

Stefen’s Bookclub – June

June 4, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Fools by Pat Cadigan I've always had a soft spot for the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, and we've read a few of them for the bookclub. Generally when people talk about the genre, names like William Gibson, Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson are usually mentioned. At the time however, there were quite a few writers exploring future possibilities and contemporary anxieties writ large. One of my favourites is the US author Pat Cadigan who wrote several books that I…

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July 2019

Stefen’s Bookclub – July

July 2, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut  This is another book that's been on my 'must do this for the book club at some point' list for quite a long time, but I've never gotten around to it. When I noticed that it had just had its fiftieth anniversary, I thought I might as well set it next. It's also a short book, and what with some folks telling me that June was going to be bit busy for them (and me…

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August 2019

Stefen’s Bookclub – August

August 6, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman To keep cost down for folks I try to make sure that the book I set for book club each month is in paperback. That means sometimes I have to wait for something to come down in format. I decided a year ago that Terra Nullius was going to be a book club book. The rest has just been waiting for the small format. It’s by Claire Coleman who is originally from WA but…

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December 2019

Stefen’s Bookclub – November

December 3, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler I've been thinking about setting another Octavia Butler book for the book club for a while now, but other than Kindred, so a recent re-issue of the Earthseed novels seemed like the perfect reason to stop procrastinating. Parable of the Sower is set in a future world in the process of economic and social collapse and is told through the eyes of a young woman who begins somewhat protected from these facts, though circumstance and a quirk of her own nature…

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February 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – February

February 4 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Parable of the Talents By Octavia Butler As many of the folks who came to the discussion of Parable of the Sower mentioned, it ends kind of suddenly. In a sense, it ends with the idea of an Earthseed community, rather than the formation of the actual community. This book explores that community and others that grow from the near-collapse future America. This is going to be interesting to compare to Parable of the Talents, since many of its ideas…

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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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