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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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September 2019

Stefen’s Bookclub – September

September 3, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Light by M John Harrison For the September book club, will be reading M. John Harrison's 2002 book Light. This is big-universe science fiction with all the physics that goes with that. It's also about the now as well, as we move from characters in the 25th century to their ancestors in the 20th as each struggle with very human problems but in different situations. It's not a book with what I'd call sympathetic characters, but they are interesting as…

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October 2019

Stefen’s Bookclub – October

October 1, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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Native Tongue by Suzette Hayden Elgin I doubt that this will come as a surprise to most of you, in fact I think I probably hinted it in the short piece about the book in the last newsletter. This book has been on my 'want to read for book club' list for years, but getting copies was a problem. With the recent re-issue it went straight to the front of the list. The premise of the book is that a…

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November 2019

Stefen’s Bookclub – November

November 5, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Durty Nelly’s, 397 Murray St (In Shafto Lane)
Perth,
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The Outside by Ada Hoffman There were some recent changes in distribution with this one that delayed its selection for book club, but that's been sorted and I've got plenty on the way to the store so here we are. I'm always looking for something a bit different to set for discussion, so when I heard that Ada Hoffmann, an autistic author, had written a science fiction novel with an autistic protagonist and antagonist, set in in a universe run…

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December 2019

Stefen’s Bookclub – December

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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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April 2020

Stefen’s Bookclub – April

April 7, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes I've had it in my head to put up a Lauren Beukes book for a while now, so I'm glad that in April we'll be discussing this one. Zoo City was originally published in 2010 and won the Arthur C Clarke award in 2011. It's an interesting mix of the modern world, and magic where crime and its associated guilt manifest as animal companions. In one of my favourite films (We're No Angels from 1955)…

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