Friday, 21 October 2016

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Agent Bradford Wolgast collects people for the government. His job is to convince death row inmates to sign away their rights and identities to a shady experiment in return for their lives. Then he receives orders that the experiment has moved on and he must bring in a six year old girl named Amy.

I picked up this novel on a whim because the sequel had sounded interesting. It was not at all what I had expected and every time I thought I had a handle on whom the main characters were and where the story was going I was soon proven wrong.

Superbly written, complex and continually surprising (Zombie vampire monsters? That’s new) this is the best novel I have had the random luck to pick up in some time. It is the first of a trilogy, the third of which was released this year.

If you’re a fan of monsters, apocalypses and intricate human relationships then hopefully you’ll enjoy this as much as I have. If nothing else you’ll want to leave your lights on.

Lauren F

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award shortlist

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life.

The awards are presented in six categories;
• Fiction
• Non-fiction
• Young adult fiction
• Children's fiction
• Poetry
• Australian history

Up to $100,000 is awarded in each category: $80,000 for each winner and $5,000 each for shortlisted entries. All prizes are tax-free.

The nominees for fiction are:

Forever Young | Steven Carroll
The Life of Houses | Lisa Gorton
The World Repair Video Game | David Ireland
Quicksand | Steve Toltz
The Natural Way of Things | Charlotte Wood

Click here for a full list of nominees in all six categories.

Winners will be announced later this year.


Monday, 17 October 2016

Author Talk J.M Yates in support of White Ribbon Day

To commemorate White Ribbon Day 2016, join us at Dandenong Library to hear Author J.M Yates talk about her book and childhood experience with domestic violence.

Her new book The Vine Bleeds: The impact of domestic violence. A women's journey of spirit and strength is based on a true story as she writes about her childhood experience with domestic violence.

Yates explores the issue that 'what happens is not as important as what we do about it' and shows the strength of a women's journey of spirit and strength.

Date: Thursday, 20 October 2016
Time: 10:15am - 11:15am

For more information phone 1300 630 920

This is a free event.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Unofficial Guide to by Nancy Hendrickson is a wealth of information for any family history research, but it can be confusing about where to go and how to use the millions of records it provides access too. The book Unofficial Guide to how to find your family history on the #1 genealogy website helps wade through the myriad records, card catalogues, photos, maps and family trees and provides a solid foundation on how, and where, to start your family history research.

The book looks a little daunting to begin with, but it has been broken down into 15 chapters, with each focussing on a specific topic and section of Chapter three is particularly useful - it gives a detailed overview on how to best use Ancestry’s basic and advanced search functions, which for someone who is just starting out can be daunting.

Chapters six and nine also make for interesting reading – chapter six is all about the births, deaths and marriages records, and it breaks down all the information you could possibly need about how to decipher each of the different records, including the different record types (birth, death, divorce, church etc).

Chapter nine explores the newspapers, publications and maps available through Ancestry. The publications available include obituaries, magazines, maps, atlases, gazetteers, to name just a few. Newspapers can often hold a wealth of information for family historians, but can be complicated to wade through – this chapter helps break down the steps for a successful navigation.

This book also highlights what I believe to be one of Ancestry’s hidden gems – the outward passenger lists for the RMS Titanic, followed by the Titanic Survivors, Carpathia Passenger List, and RMS Titanic, Deaths at Sea, 1912. It is very profound and sad to read through the Deaths at Sea lists, especially the large families in third class, and Ancestry has found a way to make this 100+ year old tragedy seem very real in modern times.

Overall, despite its tendency to lean towards the more American based searches, this book provides a solid base on how to either start researching your family history, or if you have already started, how to do more indepth research and to get more from your searches.

The City of Greater Dandenong Libraries subscribes to both Ancestry and Find My Past, which are available for use within both Springvale and Dandenong Libraries, via the Family History page on the Vault.

As part of the History Week celebrations (October 16th-23rd), Dandenong library will be hosting Vicki Montgomery from the Genealogical Society of Victoria as she provides an information session about how to start your Family History Research. The session will be held on the 18th of October at 6.30pm. Click here for more information.


Monday, 10 October 2016

Better Reading's Top 100 for 2016

Last year Better Reading launched their first Top 100 list, asking Australians to nominate their favourite book. Thousands of people responded and Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One took out the top spot for 2015.

This year it's back and while there are a lot of familiar books in the Top 100, there are also plenty of surprises. Many books debuted high on the list, including Anthony Doerr’s All the light we cannot see at no. 4, Hanya Yanighara’s controversial bestseller A little life at no. 14 and Liane Moriarty’s latest bestseller Truly, Madly, Guilty at no. 21. Once again, Australian authors are strongly represented, with writers like Tim Winton, Bryce Courtenay, Rachael Johns and Geraldine Brooks each getting multiple titles on the list.

Did you participate this year? Are you curious to find out which book took out the top spot? Simply click here to discover Australia's favourite book for 2016. Make sure you bookmark the list and use it as a guide for your next read. With thrillers, historical fiction, classics, new releases, romance and fantasy all represented you're bound to find something new and exciting to read. Then pop over to our online catalogue and search for your chosen title/s. We have made sure we have a copy of every book listed in the top 100.

Happy reading!


Friday, 7 October 2016

New fiction for October

It’s new fiction time again and while it is a small list this month, there is still a nice selection to choose from.

Lyrebird Cecelia Ahern
Liverpool sisters Lyn Andrews
Beautiful dead Belinda Bauer
Mrs Pargeter’s public relations Simon Brett
Moonglow Michael Chabon
Sleeping beauty killer Mary Higgins Clark
Pilgrimage of murder Paul Doherty
Pale guardian Barbara Hambly
When all the girls have gone Jayne Ann Krentz
The last debutante Lesley Lokko
Ruler of the night David Morrell
Whirlwind Hilary Norman
Killer chef James Patterson
Radiant James Patterson
Bodyguard James Patterson
Christmas mystery James Patterson
Mating season James Patterson
Prince Lestat and the realms of Atlantis Anne Rice
Island of glass Nora Roberts
While the moon burns Peter Watt

Click on your chosen title/s to place your hold via The Vault .

Happy reading!


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Winners of the 2016 Inky awards

The winners of the 2016 Inky awards were announced at the State Library Victoria yesterday. First established in 2007, the Inky awards are the only national teen choice awards where the shortlist is selected by teens and voted for online by teens. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

And the winners are.....

Gold Inky award: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

Silver Inky: I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson

Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close - until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don't realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

You can find out more about the Inky Awards and the Centre for Youth Literature here.

Congratulations to both winners!