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First Chapter of Go Set a Watchman released

indexThe first chapter of the much anticipated Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchman, has been released, a few days before the book is finally available on July 14th.

You can read the first chapter here via The Guardian online and, if you’d like, you can listen to actor Reese Witherspoon read it.

The Guardian’s Go Set a Watchman page has a whole lot of fascinating links to explore –

Click through to the Library catalogue and put a Hold on the book for yourself.

National Biography Award shortlist

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Today, the State Library of NSW announced the 2015 National Biography Award shortlist. The winner will be announced on Monday 3 August.

Congratulations to the authors. The shortlisted books are:

Philip Butterss, An Unsentimental Bloke: The Life and Work of C.J. Dennis (Wakefield Press)

Gabrielle Carey, Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family (UQP)

Philip Dwyer, Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Bloomsbury)

David Leser, To Begin to Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father (Allen & Unwin)

Helen O’Neill, A Singular Vision, Harry Seidler (Harper Collins Publishers)

Liam Pieper, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir (Penguin Books Australia)

Read Watch Play Twitter Group July 2015 #chillread

Twitter logo for RWPchat postsMid winter #chillread. Share with the world – there will be a twitter discussion next Tuesday 28 July starting at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 9pm New Zealand Time, 6pm Singapore Standard Time, 12 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am; 2pm – 4pm; 6pm – 8pm BST.

Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags #chillread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #chillread, so others can join in the conversation too.

What was your favourite #chillread this month?

Brrrr July is #chillread in the Read Watch Play themes for 2015

This month the theme is #chillread, as some people will be chilly and others will be chilling out.

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Huskies pulling sledge : from State Library of NSW collection

Will you be shivering or chilling with Ice station by Matthew Reilly, Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean or Chasing the light by Jesse Blackadder? You may also want to explore the history of the Antarctic with information about Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott and their expeditions.

Will you be reading books which make chills go up your spine, or watching or reading tales of crime that makes your blood run cold or is true crime more your style? Do you chill with Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Karin Alvtegen and their characters in cold climates? Or are you seeking to chill out and relax? This could be a time to try reading some comics, or is reading about romance more your #chillread?

Perhaps ice-cream and gelato recipes will your #chillread, or will you be making cocktails, reading about craft beer, or even making it.

Hobbies can help us chill, so you may want to explore knitting, crochet, or cycling (or you could be knitting and crocheting while watching the Tour de France). Will you be playing winter sports in the chill to keep warm, or summer sports to chill out?

Do games help you chill? Does World of Warcraft help (with the chilly home world of the Dwarves and Gnomes), or do you chill with crossword or jigsaw puzzles, or would you rather scrabble or other board games?

What is music is a #chillread for you? Or do you want the speakers to freeze so you have silence?

We also should include Frozen, The snow queen, and the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe. If you want sadder reading try, The little match girl and the Happy prince (which are both #chillread titles), and of course, “Winter is coming”. The Hobbit and The Lord of the rings are also #chillread titles to watch or read or play.

What will be your favourite #chillread this month? Don’t forget …while you are reading, playing or watching your #chillread, you might like to tweet about it using #chillread #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you about your #technoread. You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too. You might like to post your photographs to Instagram or Flickr and use #chillread #rwpchat so others can share in your reading, watching and playing.

There will be a twitter discussion on 28 July starting at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 9pm New Zealand Time, 6pm Singapore Standard Time, 12 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am; 2pm – 4pm; 6pm – 8pm BST. Note: this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags #chillread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #chillread, so others can join in the conversation too.

 

The July issue of Good Reading magazine is ready for you to read!

July GRIn the latest issue of Good Reading, read about a young German scientist who is revolutionising the way we think about our health with Gut: The inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ. Also check out the profile of prolific children’s author and Senior Australian of the Year, Jackie French. You’ll read about Michael Leunig’s favourite books, and Anne Gracie’s valiant defence of the reputation of romance books might have you reaching for one. As always, there’s a stack of reviews for recent fiction, non-fiction and children’s books to help you find your next good read for all the family. There’s also plenty of great competitions for you to enter!

Click here to access the latest issue of Good Reading magazine online with your library card number.

Read Watch Play Twitter Group #legalread

Twitter logo for RWPchat posts#legalread

It’s nearly the last Tuesday of the month and time to remind you that there will be a Twitter discussion on #legalread next Tuesday 30 June starting at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. 9pm New Zealand Time, 6pm Singapore Standard Time, 8am GMT and 12 noon Central European Time. Note: this is a staggered start to the discussion.

Use the tags #legalread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #legalread, so others can join in the conversation too.

 

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