FALS Book Club

The Foundation of Australian Literary Studies launched our book club in November 2019 with an overwhelming show of support from the Townsville community. Our aim is to celebrate Australian writers across a vast genre of works.

Over the course of the year the club will work its way through the Colin Roderick Award shortlist from the previous year. Discussing and delving into a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction writing.

This is a no-shame book club - we aim to engage with Australian literature, however expertly or inexpertly. We encourage you to grab a drink and prepare for some friendly banter. Whether you read the book or the blurb, liked it or loathed it, we would love to see you there.

COVID-19 Update

Our book club has had to move online because of COVID-19 restrictions.  Become a member to receive the monthly Zoom link and join us to celebrate Australian literature.

30th September 2020 7.30pm

The Lost Arabs, Omar Sakr

Poems that combine delicacy and precision in language with sometimes brutal sometimes beautiful images of everyday life.

Online via Zoom
31st October 2020 7.30pm The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson
Published before the time of Covid-19, this novel offers a strangely prescient picture of human society, and a single family, struggling with forces they cannot control.
Online via Zoom
30th November 2020 7.30pm

The Yield, Tara June Winch

An ambitious book, the foundations of which include a dictionary of the recovering Wiradjuri language; a memoir; a missionary’s journal and letters; family history and family reminiscence. Brought together, these tell a story that seeks to make sense of disruption and violence.

Online via Zoom

Joining the FALS Book Club is easy. A FALS Book Club Membership costs just $22 per year.

As a member you'll get to participate in all our book club events as well as other FALS events like the annual lecture. You'll get to hear from authors, meet new friends, and go to bed at night knowing that you are the cultural lifeblood this country needs!

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