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Hi Everyone

From: Debbie
Sent on: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5:54 PM

Hi Guys

Our monthly meetup last night was great fun. It was very busy at JoJo’s and we had some lively debates about this months books as well as others. Was wonderful to see some new faces.

We have had a few members leave recently due to “too many emails”. I have no control over most of the emails that Meetup sends you. It automatically sends out an email everytime something happens on the board, a new meetup, any changes to meetups etc and sometimes it goes a bit nuts. You can however change your personal settings to filter this out.  On the right hand side of the page you will see <My Profile>  which has a drop down. Click on <Email Settings>. This is how you can control what is sent to you. So please no more abuse. I have no control over it. I only email once a week if that. It is up to you to change your settings. You will have to do this for each group you are a member of. Be sure to click <submit> at the bottom of the page. If you filter out emails be sure to pass by the site every now and then to see what is happening. I try to leave any messages as notes for the events rather than emailing the group so check the notes at the bottom of events for updates.

I have made our June Meetup a feature now so that it is easy to find. In the body of the Meetup is the list of books for this month.

As discussed last night I will be putting together a monthly bookcrawl. This will be on the weekends and an afternoon session will follow. Come for the bookcrawl, the drinkies or both. Would be great to see you. I have planned five of these so far, so we are in for some great fun. Everyone who comes will get a little goodie bag with free gifts. I have to limit these to 20 as some of the places we go to are very tiny. The first one is an epic trail around Fortitude Valley on 16th June. If it is raining it will be postponed but the afternoon session will still go ahead.  Next month will be West End.

There will be a few more movie events coming up. Details are a bit last minute sometimes as release dates aren’t always what is expected. Wuthering Heights will be at the movies in the next two months. I have always avoided this book and will look forward to sitting for two hours rather than reading such a mammoth book. More details soon.

In the <More> <File> tab I have added some new files. First is QLD Writers Centre Events. This is a list of all the events for the rest of the year for the QLD Writers Centre for your information. I am not putting these up as events as they are expensive, but I have condensed them into a single page for you. Secondly I have put up the consent form for Reconciliation Reading. Here is a small section of the letter as explanation.

You are invited to participate in a project which I am currently undertaking. The project is part of a larger study exploring Reconciliation in contemporary Australian literature. Part of our project involves talking to ordinary readers about their views on a range of different books under consideration. In order to do this we will be conducting focus group interviews with book groups who have discussed any of the following novels that take as one of their themes relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

I have included one of these books in our reading list for this month to get us started.

In the new financial year I will be requesting a gold coin donation at monthly meetups and book crawls. This is voluntary however your assistance would be greatly appreciated. I pay the fee personally to host the bookclub which is US$228 per year. This will help me to offset this cost and give me the option to provide offers and materials to my loyal members. I don’t expect to recoup all my costs, that is not what this is about. As the sole organiser I put in a lot of time, effort and money to make the bookclub what it is. So any assistance financial or personal would be greatly accepted.

You are always welcome to bring guests. Guests will incur no charge at events however I do ask as a courtesy that after two meetups your guests join. I am not pedantic about RSVP’s for the public events however if possible please keep your RSVP’s current for our monthly meetup and bookcrawls. I need to book for these and it can be very embarrassing when you expect 20 people and only 10 turn up. I understand that life is unpredictable so you can always text, phone or email me at the last minute. If you aren’t sure if you can make it or not, just let me know you are a “maybe”. I know there is no option for a “maybe” but as long as I know that is okay.

Here is the list of this months reads. As always reading is not compulsory and they are just a suggestion.


Atonement by Ian McEwan 371 pages (made into a movie)

The Road by Cormac McCarthy 241 pages (made into a movie)

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer 273 pages (being made into a movie)

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox 279 pages

Carpenteria by Alexis Wright 519 pages


I have added a few books that are movies this month. Will be interesting to have a discussion about the differences. If you have read or heard about something great we would all love to hear about it. I am happy to take suggestions for books, events anything so please stay in touch.  I will be updating our facebook page over the next few days with all our events. This is an easy way to stay in touch with what is happening. <Like> the page to stay in touch. You can always change the settings so that you can see more or less.

Keep safe and look forward to seeing you soon.



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