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One Library One Book: Meet The Wakes Author Dianne Yarwood at Orange City Library

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Four funerals. Two marriages. A once-in-a-lifetime friendship. Heartwarming, funny and uplifting.

Join in the biggest Book Club in the Central West when we meet our One Library One Book author of The Wakes Dianne Yarwood at Orange City Library.

This book is about what to do when your husband tells you that he doesn’t love you anymore. And what to do when your wife leaves you after too many rounds of IVF.

It’s about helping your new friend with her funeral catering business, and discovering that, sometimes, the most unlikely of pairings are the very, very best.

It is about food that is outrageously good and comforting to sad people. And, for one, not being sensible, and throwing away everything you know.

Meet author Dianne Yarwood for a chat about this bestselling novel to be made into a TV series – The Wakes – at Orange City Library on Tuesday 23 May at 5.30pm. See you there!

Meet Bestselling Author Maggie Mackellar at Orange City Library

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In her latest book Graft, Maggie Mackellar recounts a year on a Merino wool farm on the east coast of Tasmania. A beautiful depiction of her experiences of motherhood, family, nature and home, the book is a stunning tale about giving thanks, the inescapable elemental laws of nature and the joys of being one with the land. Meet Maggie at Orange City Library on Saturday 20 May at 2pm. The event is support by Collins Booksellers.

Library Up Late – Rachael Mogan McIntosh – Pardon My French

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Join us for Library Up Late, where we invite you behind the scenes to meet author Rachael Mogan McIntosh, and enjoy music and refreshments in the library after hours.

Discover a heart-warming and hilarious story of one young family’s year in Southern France, Pardon My French, by journalist Rachael Mogan McIntosh, is filled with eccentric local characters, quirky small-town antics and tales of language woes that will have you crying with laughter.

Pardon My French is a candid and comical love letter to the imperfect reality of family life and France, with three valuable lessons for overcoming adversity woven through the pages: make home a beautiful nest, lean into the tough lessons, and, most importantly, look for the comedy in everything.

‘Uproarious and deliciously wise … A pure delight.’ Tori Haschka, A Recipe for Family.

Rachael Mogan McIntosh is a mum of three, crisis counsellor and community trainer from the south coast of NSW. Her writing has appeared in publications across Australia, France and the USA. Rachael loves books, baths, coffee, podcasts, TV and Terry’s Chocolate Orange; consuming them simultaneously whenever possible. Pardon My French is her first book.

The event is supported by Collins Booksellers, Orange.

Awareness, Acceptance + Support Autism in 2023

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Join us at Orange City Library for a conversation about autism with one of the co-authors of The Australian Autism Handbook Seana Smith, and Clinical Psychologist Chloe Weekes.

Inclusive, comprehensive and compassionate, The Australian Autism Handbook offers support and guidance to families on their journey from early signs and symptoms of Autism to diagnosis, intervention programs, schooling, issues such as eating, sleeping and toilet training, and navigating the medical maze.

This new Autism Handbook edition has integrated the many changes arising since its last publication, including changes in the language of autism, diagnoses, society, culture and agency. It has a chapter dedicated to girls, advice from autistic adults as well as getting started with the NDIS.

The authors Benison O’Reilly and Seana Smith are professional writers who both have children with autism, and their first-hand experience and research provides an indispensable one-stop manual for all Australian parents on raising a child on the autism spectrum.

Awareness, Acceptance + Support Autism in 2023

Australian Autism Handbook Launch

Orange City Library

Wednesday 5th April

5.30pm – 7pm

Please book your place online via Eventbrite or call us on 6393 8132

Supported by Collins Booksellers

Meet Wendy McCarthy – Library Up Late – International Women’s Day

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This International Women’s Day meet Wendy McCarthy – educator, activist, agent of change and be our guest at Library Up Late .

Don’t Be Too Polite Girls is a memoir of one of Australia’s most influential women.

Wendy McCarthy, originally from Orange, has made her mark on this country in many extraordinary ways. For more than 50 years, she has been on the leading edge of feminism and corporate and public life in Australia and her trail-blazing advocacy and leadership have made her a widely respected and revered figure.

Wendy is a woman who shaped her times as much as she was shaped by them, and now at 80 years of age, she shares her remarkable life and achievements, and the lessons she learned – and taught us all.

Join us for Library Up Late on International Women’s Day and hear from Wendy McCarthy as she launches her memoir Don’t Be too Polite Girls at Orange City Library 7pm – 9pm.

Please book your tickets online $15pp via Eventbrite.

Local Author Paul McCarthy Launches Alo and the Bunyip

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Join us to celebrate the launch of local author Paul McCarthy’s children’s book for 8 – 13 year-olds – Alo and the Bunyip: an Australian family story – at Orange City Library on Saturday 10 December at 11am.

Alo and the Bunyip – is an adventurous tale of two boys who become inseparable after discovering the mythical creature, “The Bunyip”, deep in the Australian bush. The Bunyip becomes intertwined in their lives and changes their paths forever.

Copies are available for sale on the day. All welcome.

Author Toby Roberts – Two Mums and a Dad

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‘A hilarious coming of age story about surviving a sexually liberated mother in a hippie human zoo. Beyond the comedy, this is also a tender telling, and a valuable record of a time when same sex parenting was shocking’? – Caroline Baum, author Only

This delightful coming of age memoir explores the angst of puberty, school, sport and bad 80s fashion. Beneath the humour and quirky characters, reminiscent of Netflix’s Sex Education series and just as awkwardly funny, lies a deeper reminder of the human need to pursue more authentic lives, and the capacity for people to surprise us by accepting love in all its forms.

Over time, the bravery and decency of Toby’s two mums wins admirers and supporters in unlikely places, from rugby-playing school boys to deeply religious stay-at-home mums. Even Toby learns to see the value in his embarrassing childhood…

Toby has worked as a lawyer, banker, speech writer, and even a session singer, in roles that have taken him around the world. He has written articles for major Australian broadsheets, and written a number of short stories which have been published in magazines, converted into podcasts and broadcast on radio. Two Mums and a Dad is his first book. Toby grew up in Sydney’s northern suburbs with his mother and her female partner. He lives in Sydney again now, with his wife, two children and a whippet called Devo.

History Council of NSW Annual History Lecture: Bruce Pascoe

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The Annual History Lecture is an event produced & presented by the History Council of New South Wales every year, which aims to engage and educate the community about the vitality, diversity and meaning of history and its practice through the eyes of a leading Australian Historian.

The 2022 Annual History Lecture will be presented by Bruce Pascoe. Bruce Pascoe describes himself as a writer and farmer. He has published 36 books including Dark Emu which won the NSW Premier’s Award for Literature in 2016 and Young Dark Emu which won both the Booksellers Association Prize and the CBCA Non-fiction award in 2020. When delivering the Annual History Lecture 2022, Bruce will pose the question:

“What will change if we all have a better understanding of Australian History pre-contact.”

The event is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and Destination NSW, and also by Orange City Council.

Local Author Marianne Olk Launches Me, My Drunk and I

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Local Orange author Marianne Olk will be launching Me , My Drunk and I during Sober October on Thursday 20 October at 5.30pm.

“There is no shame in admitting that you have an issue with alcohol.”

“I want to take you on a journey of what my life became, as a raging alcoholic, to what it is now – a life of health, happiness and a continuing journey of what is important in life and learning how to love yourself,” says Marianne.

Marianne began her journey of becoming sober 13 years ago through the realisation that just giving up drinking was not enough to stay sober. Marianne had to do a lot of work on herself to finally get sober and she has now been completely sober for the past 12 years. The last 12 years have the best 12 years of her life and now Marianne wants to help other people begin their journey into long term sobriety.

Her book is called Me, My Drunk and I: coming to terms with the reasons why you shouldn’t drink and finding your true happiness.