What we're about

Are you interested in reading and discussing fiction / non fiction books centred around thought provoking ideas, with discussion broadening into other topics? We are in our 30s / 40s and happy for all ages to join us (but please no children). It is not imperative to have read the book, but please attend prepared to discuss the topic. Sometimes we provide links to lectures or articles about the book / topic as well. Our topics tend towards scientific and social issues and thinking about future and alternative possibilities. We have looked at a number of science fiction books, including The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu and Touch by Claire North. A sample of topics and books is listed below.

In what ways might human perception change and expand? Arrival / Stories of Your Life - Ted Chiang

What if the power to hurt were in women’s hands? The Power - Naomi Alderman

How can books, reading and writing help us in hard times? The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

How might growing narcissism affect society? The Life of I – The New Culture of Narcissism – Anne Manne

What should the relationship be between people and technology? Digital vs human : how we'll live, love, and think in the future / Richard Watson.

Upcoming events (5+)

Discuss: How and why does history get revised over time?

How and why does history get revised over time? What revelations have there been about Aboriginal history, and histories of other peoples? The recommended book on Aboriginal history is: Dark emu : black seeds : agriculture or accident?/ Bruce Pascoe Or, as an alternative, on histories of other peoples, you could try this: Boudica : the life of Britain's legendary warrior queen / Vanessa Collingridge Dark Emu Available from the library as book, audio and e-book (though the most recent e-book version has many holds on it). There are various versions so hopefully the library will allow interlibrary loan of the less recent ones. http://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/search/C__Sdark%20emu%20Bruce%20Pascoe__Orightresult?lang=eng Available from the publisher as book and e-book. There is also a TED talk by the author in this link. https://www.magabala.com/culture-and-history/dark-emu.html Dymocks has available as book and e-book https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/dark-emu-by-bruce-pascoe-9781921248016 https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/dark-emu-by-bruce-pascoe-9781925768954 Reviews / articles https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-dark-emu-and-the-blindness-of-australian-agriculture-97444 Boudica Available from the library as a book: http://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/search/C__SBoudica%20vanessa%20collingridge__Orightresult__U?lang=eng&suite=def Available from Dymocks as a book https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/boudica-by-vanessa-collingridge-9780091898205 Available from Penguin as book or e-book https://www.penguin.com.au/books/boudica-9781446445013 Article https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/boudica-boudicca-boadicea-warrior-woman-celtic-who-what-fate-queen-roman-empire/

Discuss: What might life affirming fiction (or non fiction) look like?

What might life affirming fiction (or non fiction) look like? What elements could it contain? Do you think this is, or should be, a rising genre? Why/why not? The recommended book is Mr Wigg / Inga Simpson It is available from the library in print and spoken record. http://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/search/C__SMr%20Wigg__Orightresult?lang=eng Available from the publisher as book or ebook https://www.hachette.com.au/inga-simpson/mr-wigg Where the author’s website says to buy it https://www.booktopia.com.au/search.ep?keywords=inga+simpson&productType=917504&clickid=yuiTC2SkvSCbRYj07ERSoV-9UkhU8uV4xRxpzE0&bk_source_id=335914&utm_campaign=Inga%20Simpson&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=APD&bk_source=APD Interview https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/inga-simpson27s-mr-wigg/4980018 Review https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/arts/inga-simpson-opens-a-window-on-the-past-in-evocative-work-mr-wigg/news-story/f67fd05302e0562d8192552adf444c40

Discuss TBA

Dome Cafe

In future months, we are thinking about reading books like: "On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Liberty http://www.booktopia.com.au/on-liberty-john-stuart-mill/prod9780486421308.html?gclid=CJXjxviKubgCFUFKpgodLzIAPw http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34901 Boffins bookshop website says this is on order.

Discuss TBA

Dome Cafe

In future months, we are thinking about reading books like: "On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Liberty http://www.booktopia.com.au/on-liberty-john-stuart-mill/prod9780486421308.html?gclid=CJXjxviKubgCFUFKpgodLzIAPw http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34901 Boffins bookshop website says this is on order.

Photos (23)