Libby Book Club for WA


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The Libby Book Club for WA is a monthly digital book club available exclusively to Western Australian library members (State Library and public library), hosted by local author David Allan-Petale. The book club, delivered online - will take place on the third Wednesday of every month. Join the State Library of Western Australia - it's free.

April Book Club 

This month’s featured title, The Silence of Water, should be available to borrow from your local library with no waitlists or holds on the Libby reading app

During this book club, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, interact with the authors, and enjoy a bookish discussion. Hosted by David Allan-Petale – brought to you via Libby, the library reading app. This event will be hosted via Zoom - the link will be sent to online attendees on the day of the event.

Download the Libby reading app to borrow the free ebook or audiobook from your library using your phone or tablet. 

David Allan-Petale 

David Allan-Petale is a Perth/Boorloo writer whose debut novel ‘Locust Summer’ (Fremantle Press) was longlisted for the 2021 ALS Gold Medal and shortlisted for the 2022 WA Premier’s Book Awards. The manuscript was shortlisted for the 2017 Australian/ Vogel’s Literary Award, and developed through a fellowship at Varuna, the National Writers’ House. David worked for many years as a journalist in WA and internationally with BBC World and Al Jazeera, and is passionate about helping the arts sector thrive.    

Sharron Booth

Sharron Booth was born in Yorkshire, England and emigrated to Western Australia as a child with her family in the 1970’s. She has worked as a professional writer for more than 25 years. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and her creative work has been published in journals including Southerly, LiNQ, The Australia and broadcast on ABC radio. The Silence of Water was shortlisted for the 2020 City of Freemantle Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript.

Blurb about The Silence of Water

When Fan’s mum, Agnes, announces the family is moving to Western Australia to take care of Agnes’s father – a man they’ve never spoken of before now – Fan finds herself a stranger in a new town living in a home whose currents and tensions she cannot read or understand. Resentful of her mother’s decision to move, Fan forms an alliance with her grandfather, Edwin Salt, a convict transported to Australia in 1862. As she listens to memories of his former life in England, Fan starts snooping around the house, riffling through Edwin’s belongings in an attempt to fill the gaps in his stories. But the secrets Fan uncovers will shatter the family’s fragile bonds forever, and force Edwin into a final reckoning with the brutality of his convict past

Libby Book Club for WA

The Libby Book Club for WA is a free monthly digital book club hosted by author David Allan-Petale - brought to you by OverDrive Australia for all members of the State Library and Public Libraries, Western Australia. We welcome guests to join us the third Wednesday of each month to engage and interact with authors from all genres. The Zoom link will be emailed to all attendees on the day of the event.

The Libby Book Club for WA is brought to you by OverDrive Australia. Libby is compatible on all devices with iOS 10+ and Android 5.0+ and KOBO. If you have a Windows computer, Mac computer, or a Chromebook, you can use Libby in your web browser at We suggest using the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge.

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