Good Reading : December January 2011
8 goodreading ı DECEMBER 2010/ JANUARY 2011 A GREAT YARN In today’s busy world we often forget tha older people ar repositories of so much wisdom and experience. Yarns, by Christian Cuello, is a fantastic project that recognises the wisdom of elderly people in the community. Earlier this year volunteers collected the stories of elderly people in Sydney’s Chester Hill area. These stories have since been collated and edited into a book, also called Yarns. Show your support for this inspiring community project by attending the launch on Saturday 18 December from 11am to 3pm. The launch will be at the Chester Hill Community Centre, Chester Hill, and the book is available for $25. There is a gold coin donation for entry, and all proceeds will go to Alzheimers Australia. Places are limited, so be sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Christian on 0417 069 259. BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS The Smith Family have set up a literacy program called Books Books Books, which focuses on improving literacy among Indigenous children in Cherbourg, Qld. The program encourages Indigenous children to write their own storybooks, and The Smith Family will select three storybooks to be published on their website later this year. They also have an early literacy program called Let’s Read, which teaches parents the importance of reading to their children and is supported by Australian publisher Pantera Press. book trivia OVERHEARD Oslo David has made a career of recording the funny comments he's overheard while going from here to there. Check out Overheard (Arcade Publications, rrp $20.00 ). In honour of the holiday season, this month's quiz focuses on those old classic festive favourites. 1.What is the name of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner who dies at the start of the novel? 2.Which well-known 19th-century anti-Christmas character does the Grinch resemble? 3.Whatkindof sandwiches does Paddington Bear like best with his hot cocoa? 4.InTheLife and Adventures of Santa Claus, where does little Claus grow up? 5 . Which holiday is never celebrated in Narnia until the Pevensie children free it from its spell? 6.Which popular fantasy author wrote letters to his children as Santa Claus? 7 . Which Hollywood movie star has played both the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge? ANSWERS 1. Jacob Marley 2. Ebenezer Scrooge 3. Marmalade sandwiches 4. The Forest of Burzee 5. Christmas 6.JRRTolkien 7. Jim Carrey Photo of Virginia Perez taken by her gra ndson Christia n Cu ello BOOK TO FILM The Night Watch, by bestselling author Sarah Waters, is being adapted into a TV dramatisation. Set in London in the 1940s, The Night Watch is about four people dealing with their own demons and secrets. Hilary Salmon and Annie Tricklebank, who have previously worked on productions such as Jake Ar nott's The Long Firm, are producing the television adaptation. It's currently in pre-production, and filming will take place in Bristol and Bath. FIRST I-UNI In an interesting move, the University of Adelaide's Faculty of Sciences will provide all first year students with a free iPad, starting in 2011. This decision is aimed at replacing study tools such as hard-copy textbooks with online learning material. The students will also receive training on how to use the device. The Faculty of Sciences aims to make all study materials electronically available by 2012 and the University will consider making this a university-wide policy after evaluating the initial response.