First Monday Book Club

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Join Us:

Our First Monday Book Club is held at 7pm on the first Monday of each month in our Surry Hills store. All are welcome, so come along and make new bookish friends while engaging in hearty discussion on our monthly book and enjoying drinks and nibbles.


Next Meeting:

7pm Monday, 5th November


Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

For the November edition of the First Monday Book Club we'll be reading an important account of Australian Indigenous History, Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe.

Dark Emu is an impressive addition to Pascoe’s extensive list of published works. It was nominated for a number of awards and in 2016 was winner of both Book of the Year and Indigenous Writer's Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing — behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence in Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.


Author Bio

Bruce Pascoe (born 1947 in Richmond, Victoria) is an Australian Indigenous writer, from the Bunurong clain, of the Kulin nation. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, fisherman and an Aboriginal language researcher.

He is Director of Commonwealth Australian Studies project. He is working on preserving the Wathaurong language .