Enhance your reading enjoyment
  • Thursday 17 April 2014

If you enjoy stimulating your mind, join guest lecturer Clare Archer-Lean from the University of the Sunshine Coast to creatively explore literature at two free sessions at Sunshine Coast Council’s Maroochydore Library in May.

Clare will provide tips and guidance on how to enhance and open up your reading enjoyment. You are invited to join Clare on May 2 and explore the genre of magic realism and discuss its challenges and how reading through the lens of a genre can open up new understandings of a novel. Magic realism takes a “marvellous event” and places it in everyday life. If you would like to prepare for the discussion books you may like to read include:

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • My Life as A Fake by Peter Carey
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Clare’s discussion on May 30 explores different theoretical texts that consider environmental issues directly and indirectly. Open your mind when Clare probes concepts of apocalypse, human dwellings and belonging on the earth and human and animal relationships. She will question how these works operate as warnings and look at ways we think about them in new and unexpected ways. Books you may wish to read prior to the talk include:

  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Carpentaria by Alexis Wright.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their recommended readings, which they feel have relevance to these topics, to share with the group.

Bookings are essential by visiting council’s library website or by calling 1300 LIBRARY.