Readers & writers

Readers

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First there was The Tattooist of Auschwitz, then Cilka’s Journey, and now Three Sisters. Heather Morris is a true storyteller who honours the memories and truth of survivors. Three Sisters is an extraordinary true story of brave sisters who escaped from Auschwitz-Birkenau. These remarkable women, Magda and Livia, now live in Israel and have been telling Heather their story over the past few years with the help of Cibi’s family. 

If you want to get the most from your reading or connect with other passionate readers or writers, we have year-round events, book clubs and resources just for you!

Find your next read

That's what our friendly librarians are for. Contact your local library or email our ask a librarian service and ask us for advice on what might suit your reading interests. We have a huge collection of digital reading material. Our librarians can help you find an ebook or eAudiobook that you can download direct to your device at home.

Our reading websites can also help you search for and discover your next read. See our eLibrary page for help finding new reads similar to those you already enjoy reading, including NoveList Plus and Who Else Writes Like...?

For more information about our eBooks and eAudiobooks, see our eLibrary page.

Never used our digital platforms before? No worries! Our staff can help get you started over the phone or you can follow our setup instructions from our connect with us at home page.

Meet an author

We host touring authors online and in person throughout the year, from household names to famous faces of the future. Keep an eye on our social media channels and events calendar for more information.

Looking for a new genre?

We have gathered together a list of known and new genres for you to discover.

Historical Fiction written by Australian Authors – if you enjoy historical fiction written by our many talented Australian authors then you will enjoy some of these popular suggestions.

Australian Rural Romance also known as RuRo – love stories set in the bush are trending right now. Read some of the suggested titles and find out why.

Historical Mystery – discover mysteries set in various time periods throughout history.

Prize Winning Fiction – dive into the world of literary fiction with this selection of recent award-winning books and authors.

Quality Contemporary Crime Fiction, with some good old fashioned restraint!

Historical Romance set in the 19th Century – Julia Quinn gave us Bridgerton and Jane Austen gave us Sense and Sensibility. Do you love a romance set in the 19th century with all the airs and graces of the time, plus plenty of the inevitable misconceptions? Here are some more authors for you to try.

Nordic Noir – also known as Scandi Noir, this crime fiction genre is normally written from a police point of view and set in Sweden or Nordic countries.

Magical Realism – a literary style that weaves threads of fantasy into a depiction of everyday life...no fairies or sorcerers – ordinary people whose lives bump up against the extraordinary.

Icelandic Noir – Iceland has a rich history of literature and now boasts a handful of highly respected mystery authors who are showcasing their country through gripping crime fiction.

Paranormal – this genre is usually set in the real world, but they include experiences that defy scientific explanation.

Writers

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Gold Coast Libraries provides both supportive workspaces and regular workshops for writers. These will help you develop your craft and connect with other writers, whatever stage of your writing career you're at.

We have a range of online activities and resources to help you get more from your writing. Browse our catalogue for useful books and other resources.

Writing Fridays

Gold Coast Libraries and Queensland Writers Centre have teamed up to offer Gold Coast writers a new supportive space to focus on your writing, free of distractions, every week. We're following the lead of the best writers and employing the Pomodoro technique of time management. With a facilitator on hand throughout the day, it's the perfect opportunity to turn your brilliant ideas into great pieces of writing. Join us at Helensvale Library every Friday from 10am to 4pm. Find out more.

Readers & Writers eNews 

Stay up to date with upcoming writers workshops and events, live author talks, and the latest releases and resources for writers.


Book clubs

Connect with other readers through our Facebook page. We share reading recommendations, new releases and author content.

When our services return to normal, you're also invited to join us at one of our many open or community-run book clubs across the city.

Open book clubs

Our open book clubs run across our libraries – share your thoughts and ideas on books you are reading in a friendly and social environment. There's no need to book - just turn up, listen and chat about what you're reading.

Set up your own book club

Want to connect with other local readers and form your own book club? We have lots of tips on creating your own book club.

When you've started your book club, you can access our range of book club kits available for loan. Each kit contains 10 copies of a title for the exclusive use of your book club.

If interested in registering to use our book club kits, please complete the Book Club Registration form available at your local library. Once registered, you can book your kits online using your book club's library membership card.

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