Rules of Summer

‘This is what I learned last summer:’, begins Shaun Tan’s latest award winning picture book Rules of Summer.  Be amazed by enigmatic oil paintings from the book on display now at State Library of Western Australia.

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Shaun Tan, Never drop your jar, 2013, Oil on canvas

In a dramatic series of paintings Tan maps the activities of two boys through their memories of last summer. Themes of friendship rivalry and imagination are explored in a series of pictorial contrasts between urban and natural, real and extraordinary, excitement and foreboding, familiar and strange, in both frightening and comforting moments.

Each painting explores a rule skilfully woven together to form a narrative that is open to multiple interpretations.

According to Shaun Tan, “Each picture might be seen as the chapter of an unwritten tale that can only be elaborated in the reader’s imagination”

Discover possibilities beyond the picture frame and journey into an oddly familiar emotive landscape.

The exhibition which features original works curated with pages from the picture book and exclusive video footage is on display at the State Library of Western Australia until January 27. 

When: 19 December 2014 – 27 January 2015
Where: The Gallery, Ground Floor, State Library of Western Australia
Entry: Entry is free. Open during library hours

More information:

  • Family friendly exhibition
  • All venues at the State Library are wheelchair accessible
  • Copies of Rules of Summer are available from the State Library Shop
  • Find out more about State Library Exhibitions 
  • Rules of Summer official website

Picture a Story

Picture a Story exhibition

Picture a Story is an exhibition of original illustrations from Australian picture books from the 1970s to today.

Come and explore original artworks by Australia’s top illustrators such as Shaun Tan, Alison Lester, Leigh Hobbs, Graeme Base, Frané Lessac, Ron Brooks and more.

Be taken on a journey through the imaginative world of a picture book illustrator. Along the way you’ll see colourful images of the Australian landscape, scenes of magic and fantasy as well as charming depictions of everyday life.

Get to know some of Western Australia’s top illustrators. The work of home-grown favourites Frané Lessac, James Foley, Sean Avery, Matt Ottley and many more will be on display.

Picture books and the illustrations within them are for everyone, from young children to adults. There’s always something new to be discovered within a great picture book.

Enjoy exploring old worlds and new in Picture a Story.

When: 2 November 2013 – 27 February 2014
Where: The Gallery, Ground Floor and The Place, Mezzanine Floor, State Library of Western Australia
Entry: Entry is free. Open during library hours.

More information:

  • Join fun family activities on weekdays from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
  • Picture books will be on sale in the State Library Shop.

Cast your vote in the People’s Choice Awards

Books shortlisted in the WA Premier's Book Awards

Do you love Australian fiction?

Do you want to rub shoulders with authors and publishers at the awards ceremony for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards on 16 September 2013?

As part of the WA Premier’s Book Awards for works published in 2012, The West Australian have sponsored a People’s Choice Award that gives you the opportunity to have your say and a chance at winning some great prizes.

By voting on your favourite book shortlisted in the fiction category, you will go into the draw for a double pass to the awards ceremony as well as copy of the winning book in each category, signed by the author.

The six titles in the fiction category shortlist are:

  • The Meaning of Grace by Deborah Forster
  • The Conversation by David Brooks
  • Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
  • The Voyage by Murray Bail
  • The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska
  • Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

What’s your favourite?

Your time to decide is running out, with voting closing at 10am on Friday August 30, 2013.

Vote now on The West Australian website. 

Want to get your hands on these titles? The State Library Shop is currently offering a 20% discount on all 6 books shortlisted in the fiction category.

2013 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Shop Special

All titles are also available throughout the Western Australian Public Library network.

For more information about the Premier’s Book Awards, please visit our website.

And the winner is …

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announce on Friday by Hon John Day, Minister for Culture and the Arts, you can find out all the winners over on the SLWA site.

WA author and Miles Franklin winner, wins the Premier’s Prize. With Lisa Lang winning the People’s Choice Award.

That Deadman Dance book cover

A book is a machine to think with – Kim Scott wins the Miles Franklin award (again)

Local author Kim Scott recently won the Miles Franklin award for the second time with his novel “That Deadman Dance.”

Check out an interview with the author about the book here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqY8v1l9Pls

 

Premier’s Book Awards

The State Library would like to congratulate the winners of the 2008 and 2009 Premier’s Book Awards.  For a full listing of winners please visit our website.  The winning titles are available for purchase from the State Library Shop.

The State Library has a cow!

One of the State Library’s most unusual artworks, the Books Moove Me cow,  is now ‘live to the public’ on the Ground Floor of the Library.  She was created by members of the WA Branch of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is a unique way of showcasing children’s books by talented locals.

Books Moove Me cow

Books Moove Me cow

To find out more about her, check out  the webpage at http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/find/books_moove_me_cow

Come on in to the Library and say hello to the Books Moove Me cow  – see if you can find a book helicopter, a book-a-saurus, or some zombies up a tree. And if you like the look of the books, they are available at the State Library Shop.

May Discard Book Sale

The SLWA Shop is having a massive May Discard Book Sale on Wednesday 26th Thursday 27th Friday 28th and Saturday 29th May beginning each day at 10am and closing at 4pm. The sale will be held near the SLWA Shop, inside the SLWA main entrance on the ground floor. Prices range from 50 cents for children’s books, $1.50 for large print, $2 for fiction, $3.50 for non fiction, and some higher prices for ‘special’ books. New stock will be brought out each day.

April Discard Book Sale

The SLWA Shop is having a massive April Discard Book Sale soon on Wednesday 21st Thursday 22nd Friday 23th and Saturday 24th April beginning each day at 10am and closing at 4pm. The sale will be held near the SLWA shop, inside the SLWA main entrance on the ground floor. Prices range from 50 cents for children’s books, $1.50 for large print, $2 for fiction, $3.50 for non fiction, and some higher prices for ‘special’ books. New stock will be brought out each day.

SLWA Shop Discard Book Sale

The SLWA Shop is having a massive Discard Book Sale this week on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th beginning each day at 10am and closing at 4pm. The sale will be held across from the SLWA shop, inside the SLWA main entrance on the ground floor. Prices range from 50 cents for children’s books, $1.50 for large print, $2 for fiction, $3.50 for non fiction, and some higher prices for ‘special’ books. New stock will be brought out each day.