Sunday, September 30, 2012

Maleny Celebration of Books

Even tho I've been talking about International Day of Peace and Open Studios for a while now, there is another fabulous event looming that I am involved in that I wanted to share with folk as well.

On the last weekend in October (26, 27 & 28), we are holding the Maleny Celebration of Books, and here is the link to the website.  A group of people have joined forces to celebrate the fact that our town is home to many authors, poets and editors; that we have lots of gorgeous and delightful and inviting book shops; that we have a great Library; that we have one of the highest rate of Library membership in Australia; that we have many talented and fabulous book artists (I say that with a wink and a nod); and that basically there are heaps of people who just love books in this town.

The program is exciting - ranging from our high school students reading their own work (or having it read by drama students) to a great big book club with hopefully a hundred or so people gathering in coffee shops around town to discuss a book and then getting together for a really big chin wag, to a treasure hunt with book-based clues for children, a panel discussion with eminent writers, a display of artists books in the Library, a book-swap tree in one of our local parks, a fabulous book-based film at night hosted by the Maleny Film Society, author signings on the main street and a book-making workshop for children by yours truly. And much more.

It will be a huge buzz and I am thrilled to be working with such a supportive and energetic crew.

If you are out and about the Hinterland in October - this would be a great weekend to drop by for a visit.




On a completely different note, we have just finished a fabulous family weekend with Al (my brother) and Lorraine's wedding.  Friday we tootled to Brisbane for  the Chinese Tea Ceremony at Lorraine's parent's home; yesterday we had gorgeous weather for the wedding and today we finished off with a big breakfast gathering and then said all our farewells.  It was such a fun and love-filled wedding.

A few wedding reminders - petals, cake and a happy couple!





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    1. It was just great N- lots of love and laughter.

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  2. So lovely. Glad that all went well and that the even the weather cooperated. Now...rest a bit...maybe.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer - the weather was superb; today we are covered in mist and rain again so are grateful they chose Saturday! Another major thing ticked off the to-do list; gradually we are getting there!

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  3. congratulations to the bride and groom - how lovely for your brother!
    the celebration of books sounds so wonderful - and what interesting facts about your town - i knew it was artsy - but, all of the booksy info is something to be proud of -
    hope you got a little down time today -

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    1. Thanks MJ - yes they were both happy and very thrilled! The Celebration of Book is another wonderful thing to be involved in, and I love how much people love and appreciate books around here.

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  4. Now that is some cake! Glad it all went to plan. Good luck to them both... and to the book festival too!

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    1. Hi Leslie -we just finished eating our bit of the cake for morning tea - as tasty to eat as it was gorgeous to look at. The book Festival will be a great weekend - there is so much to celebrate about books, and writing, and reading and making...

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  5. i really really like the book festival, what a grand idea! happy wedding, too!

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    1. Hi V - maybe we could get an international celebration of books movement going? It is a fine thing to celebrate books I think and all those who sail in them!

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  6. I love the top hat wedding cake. What a fun wedding. Lovely to read it was full of love and joy. Just read Jennifer's comment and had a giggle ..... you haven't informed everyone of all you have happening between this wedding and the Celebration of Books! No rest just yet....... I bet you were missed over the weekend.

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  7. Hi Susan - yes, the to-do list looms as ever, but we are taking it slowly today. So glad the wedding was Saturday in that beautiful sunshine rather than this misty mizzle. We'll be open again this weekend - looking forward to a big finale!

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  8. It sounds as though you live in a wonderful and artist nurturing community, Fiona. All the projects sound terrific. Wish I could drop by! Congratulations to your brother and his new bride!!!

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  9. Thanks Jane - we are fortunate with artists and book lovers abounding! Thanks for your good wishes - go well.

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