Winter is here and so the cold crisp mornings heading off to the market scene have me wearing turtleneck jumpers again. Its a total 70s flashback but I love them. I digress.
The beaut part about winter is that its truffle season. WA has some of the best truffles grown in the world. MLB is heading down south for three days from 25-27th June for the annual Truffle Kerfuffle weekend. YES!!! Chefs from all over Australia and of course the very sensational Brahimi Guillame will be there doing cooking demonstrations and just being all round fabulous. Get your glamping on and come on down for a fun few days of food and foraging.
Some fantastic news Id like to share is that school libraries and child care centres are enthusiastically buying great titles, and even more so our local author range. Its a thrill and most satisfying that they can see and appreciate how these stories have an impact on their students. They are embracing the topics of today with such books as My Body Your Body by Melitta Rose, Finding Your Happy Voice by Teniele Arnold and Some Days by Ash Bisdee. If your an educator in any capacity and would like to browse our range, then just click here to go straight to the titles and peruse what are terrific and educational for your star students.
Well this year seems to be flying by, May already.
Another new market venue has been added to the MLB metro market scene. The beautiful heritage town of Guildford and the Stirling Square markets. Cruising Casey will have its own little space of book reading heaven every third Sunday of the month, starting on the 16th of this month. For those of you not familiar with Guildford, it is one of Perth's most historic towns half an hour north east of the city. Rebecca Higgies book The History of Mischief has the story set in Guildford. Looking forward to meeting a whole new bunch of dedicated and crazy bibliophiles. YES!!!!!!!
I'm heading out on the country highways to the Wheatbelt, the week of the 24th and I cannot wait to feel the breeze and wide open spaces of this most scenic ( read rugged Australian ) of drives. Kondinin and surrounds here we come. If you are in the region, and lets be honest, 150kms away is just up the road for country Australia, then we would love to see you.
Don't forget to check out my May monthly book review episode 696, around the 31 minute mark, on The Couch TV . I'm talking all things bookish and a review of the gos from the annual ABIA awards held recently. I totally love that my small business gets the opportunity to promote WA authors and reach a wider audience of readers and bookies.
As I write its quite late in the evening so its a cup of tea time, promise its just one small biscuit and finish off my book I'm reading. Updates on this sneaky new release at a later date. Lets just say I cant enough of this story.
Thanks so much for the continued support of My Little Bookshop. The online orders, the google reviews and your amazing loyalty for local small business, especially in these Covid 19 economic times, melts my heart each time. All the feels. Much love
Huzzah!! Welcome back to another monthly chit chat reader family.
The wheels have not stopped spinning lately for me and MLB, trips to Quairading, new market venues, new authors and a regular local TV gig. You've read it right, I am now a regular on The Couch TV show here in Perth. Woohoo!! I get to share my special flare for reviewing books and updating you on all what's new, fab and fun in the book world. Love for you to check it out on Aurora Channel 173 on Foxtel. If you don't have Foxtel, never fear, you can catch the episodes on the Facebook links here. I'd be thrilled if you left a nice compliment or review to Fred Mafrica who hosts the show, click here for the Instagram account. Its all about keeping books and local authors in the spotlight, plus you can let him know how fabulous I am. Fun fact: Did you know that Instagram each year puts out a global trend for each country? Australia's trend for Instagram in 2021 is reading and books!! What a win for us all.
If you are looking for another great local author event this month, then look no further. David Wish-Wilson will be at the Don Russell Theatre here in Perth on the 29th talking about his new book Shore Leave. This story is an absolute cracker of a crime mystery thriller. Set in Fremantle back in the late 80s it involves murder, the US navy, brothels, corrupt police and bikie gangs. Be quick to get your free ticket here as you have to register to be there. Trust me, you're gonna love this one. I will be there stocked with the book for you to buy and of course you can get a signed copy.
Before I head out of here there is one more fab thing I want to tell you quietly about. POP UP SHOP IN BALDIVIS. Just sayin!! I told you its all go for MLB. The shop is located at the Stockland Baldivis Shopping Centre opposite Woolworths and Bakers Delight and my beautiful books are there for the next three months along with 18 other small local businesses. Please come on down and support this amazing crowd of businesses, it makes a huge difference not only to our local economy but to the families who are behind the scenes of them. Remember Amazon and the likes don't support your local sporting club or local school, its these small businesses that do.
Don't forget to check the calendar of events to know when MLB will be in your community. Ciao for now. Happy travels Happy Reading!!
Welcome glorious reader family!
Its been a full on a few weeks and life has been very hectic for My Little Bookshop. Are you ready for the big drum roll announcement? A third van has been added to the fleet called Cruising Casey Woo Hoo!!!! Its such a thrill that all of you beautiful people have demanded more locations, more books and more fun of the experience of My Little Bookshop.
Cruising Casey is named after my daughter who is, in my mumma bear eyes, an inspiring young woman with a heart of gold. She is the behind the scenes of my social media, the magic maker, who brings all of the books and the travels to life for you. Meet Casey I cant wait to meet more of you amazing readers and customers as we expand over the Perth metro area and beyond.
Some of our new venues are Mt Claremont Farmers market, BayswaterGrowers Markets, Palmyra markets, Wandi Local Farmers market and Midway Farmstall Pinjarra. Please check our calendar of events to see where else I will be popping up. The beautiful township of Boddington is also on the horizon in the next few months.
The 17th of March takes me to the Cockburn Library for an author event evening with the inspiring WA writer, Yuot A Alaak. His story, Father of the Lost Boys, is a memoir that will keep you turning the pages. I met Yuot at last months Perth Festival, he is such a generous soul and when you have read the book and met the man, you just think Wow. A survivor in every sense of the word who has gone on to do such amazing things with such positivity and we are lucky to have him residing here in Perth. It starts at 6.30pm so click on the link to register. I would love to see you there and will have plenty of copies of his book for you. A great perspective of human lives.
Click here to register for this event
So until we meet again next month, enjoy what March has to bring, hit the TBR pile and contact me with your fav book you have read this month. Would love to hear from you with your recommendations. Happy Travels Happy Reading!!
Hey there glorious readers. I'm excited to bring news that the Perth Festival is upon us once more from 5 - 28 February and I've managed to score some tickets to a few of the fab events that are happening around Perth. If you haven't already checked out the program I suggest you do as there is an amazing array of talent here this year. I've booked to go and see an interview with Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half, I cant wait for this as it was one of my best reads last year.
To keep my business hip and happening ( lol ) so you fab readers can keep on loving the bibliophile bookshop world, I've joined up with the ever amazing Heidi Anderson and her PR the shit out of yourself squad. Its an intensive, throw it all out there course that I cant wait to get into. Look out for future crazy stunts!!
In my quest to take books to the readers, a snippet of titbit info, in the next few weeks Ill be sharing some totally rad news. Lets just say another name will be coming into the My Little Bookshop family. Stay tuned!!
Make sure to checkout the calendar of events to know where Ill be next. There are a few new venues I've locked into for 2021. YAY!! Spreading the joy of reading.
Lastly as a lockdown here in Perth finishes, I want to thank my gorgeous customers who have been ordering online. It always blows my mind that you are all so supportive of my business and happy to keep shopping locally. So stay safe, happy reading and catch you all next month.
Click here to buy There was still love by Favel Parrett
Its summer holiday season so this months post is very late in the making, my bad. In saying that this will be a short post, my brain is still on holiday too and the lazy days of summer have def kicked in. Sleep ins have been high on the agenda, along with hanging at the beach, kayaking and generally just soaking up the nothingness of a lazy summer. I've enjoyed my reading time at the beach and by the pool, I hope you too have taken the time out to indulge in some fab reading material while on the break.
Here's a list of a few of the books I have gobbled down in these last few weeks.
History of Mischief by local WA author Rebecca Higgie was a little gem.
The new release When Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson is a fab must read.
Infinite Splendours by Sofie Laguna was a lot more intense than I was expecting however a fantastic read none the less. Recommended.
Anyway the pool is beckoning me yet again and who am I to deny to the calling of my fab friend who so clearly wants my attention. Make sure that you keep on indulging every day, even if its something small. Hugs and wishes to you. Cheers Kerry
Well we finally made it to the end of this crazy tumultuous year of 2020. Phew!!
I started this year with plans ready to go for Audrey the van to roll out on some country road trips, an Australian Booksellers Association conference in Sydney and to finally get around to improving my online store. Personally, I had a trip to Germany booked for September with a mini break to Bali thrown in for the end of March. In January and February I watched the news of the virus as something to take note of but was happening on the other side of the world. March came crashing down for us to be in severe lockdown here in Western Australia and with it my dreams of my small business going down the tubes also. I took on board eating cake as a staple three meals a day, and quite a few glasses of bubbles (well bottles really). Its amazing what ended up being quite normal during these months, I'm sure you had routines too that you never thought were possible.
Talk about getting a new business plan into action very quickly, I saw the new buzz word in business circles was to "pivot'. Pivot lol, I was 360 degrees, the exorcist pivoting. With the love and support of all of you fabulous readers, followers and friends, I managed to hang on to my dream and woops of joy, I'm still here!! I couldn't of done it without you.
I just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, thank you so much for your support over the year, it means the world to me. Lets all take a collective sigh of relief for the upcoming summer break and lazy days reading, swimming and sleeping in.
As we all head to 2021, here's cheers to all the grand plans ( and grand they are for My Little Bookshop, stay tuned ) we have made for it, fingers crossed, let them come to fruition and be bloody bountiful.
From my family to your family. Merry Christmas xxxx
Hi there once again and welcome to the news of the month.
There is lots to look forward to in November and the first thing I'm excited about is that I will be attending the Rachael Johns author event on 5th November. Her latest release Flying the Nest is an absolute cracker so make sure if you want to grab a copy click on the link below. Its just what is needed to get you into the mood for the summer break.
Click to buy Flying the Nest here.
In local news the Koorliny Arts Centre is holding Stories on Stage on the 18th November and this months author is the enigmatic Holden Sheppard. His book Invisible Boys is this years WA Premiers book award winner. It has now been optioned for movie and TV rights. If you want to go and check him out, hear his story and have a fun evening then click here to get yourself a ticket. You wont be disappointed.
The book of the month is J K Rowlings new release The Ickabog. Its going to be another huge book, the release date is 10 November so please message me if you'd like to pre order a copy before then.
Good news for Audrey the van, she is back on the road and stationed at Guildford until Christmas for the Sunday Common event every Sunday from 11am - 5pm. Its a fab day out to chill, watch the polo, grab a picnic and a Pimms or two.
Juggernaut Joe is heading into the manic season that is the lead up to Christmas. A few special highlights this month is that Ill be at the Boddington Rodeo on the 7th, Fremantle Long Table Dinner on the 28th and Victoria Park Community Markets which is a new venue for me.
I love to hear from my readers if they have read a book that they feel deserves shouting from the rooftops, so if you have read anything lately please let me know so we can all share the love. Send me an email or you can follow and contact on Instagram and Facebook.
In the meantime, happy travels happy reading. Cheers Kerry x
Well what a month it has been since my last news blog and we are all on the countdown to get the year of 2020 over and done with.
The Peel Chamber of Commerce awards were announced last week, I didn't get a guernsey, however I did receive a special recommendation in one of the categories I was a finalist in. These milestones give me the incentive to keep doing what I love and share the passion of reading with my tribe.
The mighty RBG left our world recently and I cant thank her enough for being an inspiration for me over the last 10 years since I found out about this amazing woman. Her quiet determination to live life on her terms and make the world, not only the US, an equal place for women is a strength only a few have. I admire her life long persistence to her beliefs and values. Vale RBG.
And of course only yesterday to hear the sad news of the death of Helen Reddy, another amazing woman who kicked goals for all women in gaining equality. Her anthem song, I am Woman, has been my signature song for all the times I doubted myself and needed strength to face challenges in my life.
My youngest daughter is 24, has a career in Real Estate and has recently purchased a home of her very own. Its with thanks and gratitude to these two female icons of our times, that this generation of women who purchase a house by themselves see it as a normal natural thing to do. Here me Roar!!
Story Dogs is a fantastic community organisation that sits under the radar a little bit however does marvelous things for our small kids in the world who are learning to read.
I'm proud to say that My Little Bookshop is now a sponsor to Ashlea (pictured below) and Evie (the fur baby) who are at Malibu School here in Western Australia.
In a nutshell, Story Dogs go to primary schools around the country and in a non-pressure environment help children improve their literacy by reading to the dog. Its a fantastic effort that they do to improve literacy skills for our littlies.
Check out Story Dogs on their website, www.storydogs.org.au and see for yourself how these beautiful dogs manage to change the lives and literacy for our future generations.