ARRA membership, #StC, celebrating genre fiction, book donation drive

ARRA membership, #StC, celebrating genre fiction, book donation drive

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Are you a member of the Australian Romance Readers Association?

ARRA membership renewals are due, and if you haven’t signed up yet now’s the time! The cost is $20 for the year and you get discounts to events and participating bookshops, free subscription to the newsletter, the opportunity to get in touch with other romance readers, and most importantly, voting rights for the Australian Romance Reader Awards, which I like to call the ARR Awards. (Pirates! Arr!)

This year, ARRA is also offering associate membership to readers and authors outside Australia. The cost is $15 and includes everything but voting rights to the awards.

I’m not part of the ARRA committee, but I know they need our support. The membership funds go towards subsidising events, the biggest of which is the readers convention.

Click here for more information and to download the application form.

Save the Contemporary

StC is a site run by Sarah from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Jane from Dear Author in which they promote good contemporary romance reads. I noticed they’ve featured Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey, which happens to be a book I just finished reading. I liked the first book of the series best (Exclusively Yours), but I still enjoyed the heck out of this one. The hero was fab.

If you have a good contemporary romance you can recommend, please let me know. I love a good contemporary.

While I’m in a recommending mood, you’d rarely go wrong with Kathleen O’Reilly or Sarah Mayberry. It may sound like I’m copying Sarah and Jane (who also recommend these authors), but…I discovered O’Reilly first, that’s all I’ll say. :P

When Genres Attack 2!
Source: Shearer’s Snippets

Shearer’s Bookshop at Leichhardt is hosting another genre-focused discussion after the success of their first panel in May.

When: Wed, July 13
Where: 99 Norton St, Leichhardt (Sydney)
Cost: $7

You should probably book because I believe the first panel was pretty well attended. Click here for more details.

South African Mobile Library Project
Source: Media release

Sony Australia is conducting a book donation drive to help South African students. They’re taking donations until Monday, July 11. You can drop off your books between 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday at the Sony loading dock (33-39 Talavera Rd, North Ryde).

Books they’re looking for:

  • English (UK) language books
  • Books suitable for ages 6-14
  • Picture books, word books or story books for early readers
  • Children’s reference books and encyclopaedias

Books they don’t really want:

  • Damaged or soiled books
  • Books that have been written on
  • Books that contain material inappropriate for children
  • School textbooks
  • Outdated books

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