Brian, Clare, Nick, Kimmy, Ruth, Wendy, Beth and Jack
Invite you to come and take a look at the results of reading
Blarney Books & Art
Saturday 7 December at 5pm!
READ THE BOOK, LIVE THE DREAM
Donald J Sobol, the author of the Two-Minute Mystery series, as well as Encyclopeadia Brown: Boy Detective, might have died in 2012, but it’s going to be a long, long time before his books are forgotten! Most adults would remember the time they came across these short, intriguing mysteries and set about discovering the hows and whys. Sobol went on to author over 60 books from children and young adults.
Here’s one: ”The Case of the Double Blowout” by Donald J Sobol
Dr Haledjian was returning late at night from a hunting trip when the headlights of his car shone upon a sedan parked across the country road.
He swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a collision and braked as two of his tires (sic) blew. Suddenly four masked men appeared. They relieved him of his money and sped off in the sedan.
‘A neat little caper,’ muttered the sleuth, playing his flashlight over the scattering of razor sharp studs that had caused the two flats.
Tramping to a farmhouse he told the farmer who answered his knocking, ‘I was just robbed about a mile down the road. I’ll need a new tire. Can you get someone to help me?’
‘Come in,’ the farmer invited. ’I'll telephone Titusburg. Make yourself comfortable.’
The farmer disappeared into the kitchen. Haledjian heard him speak over the telephone to the sheriff and then to a service station.
‘The Sheriff and a new tire are on the way here,’ the farmer said, emerging from the kitchen.
An hour later the sleuth was recounting the details of the holdup to the sheriff while a serviceman put on his spare tire and the new tire which the farmer had requested.
Then, upon Haledjian’s recommendation, the sheriff arrested the farmer for being involved in the holdup.
Do you know (or remember) the answer?
During the 2013 Festival of Words in Port Fairy, I was lucky enough to be able to catch
Simon Illingworth discussing his adventures in the hairy world of police corruption. His book, Filthy Rat: One man’s stand against police corruption and Melbourne’s gangland war, is a dramatic read as he goes about trying to right the wrongs from within.
A few lines from a chapter: “Despite my reservations, I knew I had to do something. I promised myself this would be the last time I put my head in the lion’s jaws. I simply resigned myself to the fact that I was a dead man walking, and my attitude changed. Every day after that has been a bonus. I needed to take the risk, I had to tell my story; it was the last hope I had of ever feeling truly free.”
A courageous man indeed. With a still-intact sense of humour!
We have limited copies of his book on sale now at Blarney Books & Art.
We are so proud to have Helen & Des Bunyon of Customs House Gallery come back to host their spectacular annual children’s picture book illustration exhibition, now in its 24th year! Different every year, but always enormously well-loved, this exhibition is the one that brings a smile to your face, and joy to your heart! This year it’s titled UNREAL and the line-up is nothing short of the title!
This year some of the featured illustrators are:
LEILA RUDGE: Ted.
Written and beautifully illustrated by Leila this charming story follows the adventure of Ted, a pet shop dog who just wants to find the perfect home. Leila’s original illustrations are a combination of coloured pencil and collage.
A selection of prints featuring illustrations from Shaun’s books – ‘What Miscellaneous Abnormality is That?’, ’The Arrival’, ‘Tales from Outer Suburbia’, ‘The Red Tree’ (above) and ‘The Lost Thing’. Shaun is a world renowned artist/illustrator.
Winner of an Oscar award for the animated film version of his book “ The Lost Thing ” 2011 and recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Award in 2011.
FELICITY MARSHALL: The Star.
Written and illustrated by Felicity. Marion longs for adventure and when Little Bird charms her, she leaps through the TV to a world of glamour and fame. But will fame really make her happy?
A selection of prints featuring the illustrations from this zany book will be on exhibition.
MARK WILSON: Fortuyn’s Ghost.
Original painted illustrations portray the fate of the galleon Fortuyn and her piratical crew.
Mark has illustrated numerous book and is highly regarded for his beautiful realistic style of painting.
Also on exhibition will be works by :
SUE DE GENNARO
This exhibition will be held from September 7 until October 13.