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Book Club: The Golden Age

Sep 26, 2016

Book Club: The Golden Age

by Joan London This is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life. From one of Australia’s most loved novelists. He felt like a pirate landing on an island of little maimed animals. A great wave had swept them up and dumped them here. All of them, like him, stranded, wanting to go home. It is 1954 and thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio in Australia. At the Golden Age Children’s Polio Convalescent Hospital in Perth, he sees Elsa, a fellow-patient, and they form a forbidden, passionate bond. The Golden Age becomes the little world that reflects the larger one, where everything occurs, love and desire, music, death, and poetry. Where children must learn that they are alone, even within their families. Written in Joan London’s customary clear-eyed prose, The Golden Age evokes a time past and a yearning for deep connection. It is a rare and precious gem of a book from one of Australia’s finest...

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Little Souls: movement & music for toddlers and kids

Sep 21, 2016

Little Souls: movement & music for toddlers and kids

Mums and dads, grandparents and friends of 2-5 year olds
Bring your little ones to the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia for movement games, original music, dancing…

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Book Club: A Little Life

Aug 29, 2016

Book Club: A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life...

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Little Lamm Activity Club

Aug 28, 2016

Little Lamm Activity Club

Calling all children 5 to 10 years old! Come to the LAMM Jewish Library of Australia, 304 Hawthorn Road, South Caulfield on Sunday 28th August, 2.30 to 4pm and enjoy a variety of fun puzzles and activities. Craft activities, Pirates, Fairies, Space Critters, Magic Paper, Word Search, Spot the Difference, Crossword Puzzles… No charge, but bookings essential. Please call 9272 5611 or email...

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Book Club: The Children Act

Jun 27, 2016

Book Club: The Children Act

by Ian McEwan Monday, June 27, 10:30am, Published on 2 September 2014. The title is a reference to the Children Act 1989, a UK Act of Parliament. It has been compared to Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, with its similar settings, and opening lines. Fiona Maye is a respected High Court Judge specializing in Family Law and living in Gray’s Inn Square. Though outwardly successful, in her private life she must contend with the regret of childlessness and the announcement by her husband -jack that he is about to embark on an affair. Meanwhile she is called upon to rule in the case of Adam, a seventeen-year-old boy with leukemia who refuses a blood transfusion as a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ian McEwan explains his inspiration in an essay he wrote for The Guardian which begins, “Some years ago I found myself at dinner with a handful of judges – a bench is the collective noun. They were talking shop, and I was politely resisting the urge to take notes…How easily, I thought at the time, this bench could be mistaken for a group of novelists discussing each other’s work, reserving harsher strictures for those foolish enough to be absent. At one point, our host, Sir Alan Ward, an appeal court judge, wanting to settle some mild disagreement, got up and reached from a shelf a bound volume of his own judgments. An hour later, when we had left the table for coffee, that book lay open on my lap. It was the prose that struck me first. Clean, precise, delicious. Serious, of course, compassionate at points, but lurking within its intelligence was something like humour, or wit, derived perhaps from its godly distance, which in turn reminded me of a novelist’s...

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Sholem Aleichem: Love, Struggle and Change

Jun 19, 2016

Sholem Aleichem: Love, Struggle and Change

Sunday June 19, 2:30-4pm: A FREE AFTERNOON OF MUSIC & READINGS: Sholem Aleichem’s characters At the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia – The Long Room From the originator of Fiddler on the Roof, with songs Sunrise Sunset and Tradition,  other songs and bittersweet tales of Sholem Aleichem, translated and loved all over the world. Join in the FREE musical performance and English readings of the master’s stories, featuring fab fiddler Ernie Gruner, klezmer diva Freydi Mrocki, raconteuse Danielle Charak, Jake Dessauer, Andew Firestone and Ben Easton. This event is co-presented by the Kadimah and the Lamm Jewish Library and is part of the City of Glen Eira Storytelling...

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