Knits and Novels
For Knits & Novels bookclub members, please scroll down to find out what your current and next bookclub books are. You will also find a calendar of dates and the list of books that you've read over the past year. For guests, please feel free to peruse the Knits & Novels page, and fill out an Expression of Interest form if you would like to join the Knits & Novels waiting list.
Keep in mind that if you live outside of Brisbane and cannot physically attend our bookclubs, you can still read the books! Sign up for our Book of the Month program and receive the latest offering from Riverbend Readers.
Expression of Interest
Please register your interest below and Riverbend staff will notify you when space opens up in one of the groups you've selected.
Please note: joining our bookclubs requires an annual membership fee of $100, to be paid before you start in order to secure your place.
Reading for July
The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason
In wartime ReykjavYk, a young woman is found strangled in a dangerous area known as 'the shadow district'. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer.
An elderly man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. KonrBd, a retired detective, finds old newspaper cuttings in the man's home reporting the shadow district murder. It's a crime KonrBd remembers, having grown up in the same neighbourhood.
A MISSING LINK
Why, after all this time, would an old crime resurface? How are these events connected across the decades? And will KonrBd's link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of wartime ReykjavYk to rest?
Reading for August
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR & PARK is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love...