Li­brary hosts book launch

Benalla Ensign - - News -

The Be­nalla Li­brary was a fit­ting venue for the suc­cess­ful launch of Glenna Thom­son’s lat­est novel Stella and Margie, which is set in Be­nalla and in­spired by the lo­cal farm­ing re­gion.

More than 60 peo­ple at­tended the launch at the Sir Ed­ward ‘‘Weary’’ Dun­lop Learn­ing Cen­tre ear­lier this month.

‘‘We were de­lighted to wel­come ac­claimed lo­cal au­thor Glenna Thom­son back to Be­nalla to launch her sec­ond novel, Stella and Margie,’’ Be­nalla Li­brary co­or­di­na­tor Deb Saun­ders said.

‘‘ Stella and Margie is a novel about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween mother-in-law and daugh­ter-in-law who are thrown to­gether by cir­cum­stance, and who slowly come to love and un­der­stand one an­other.

‘‘This book ex­plores the power of women’s friend­ships, love and duty and ac­cep­tance.’’

Ms Thom­son, who lives on a cat­tle prop­erty in north-east Vic­to­ria, took in­spi­ra­tion from her coun­try liv­ing as the cen­tre of her sec­ond novel.

‘‘The set­tings in the novel are in­spired by the lo­cal farm­ing re­gion around Strath­bo­gie and our beau­ti­ful town­ship of Be­nalla, fea­tur­ing a lo­cal pic­ture framer, a lo­cal depart­ment store in the style of Millers and a sec­ond-hand book­shop.

‘‘Glenna brings icons such as the Be­nalla Town Hall to life with her writ­ing.’’

Lo­cal pic­ture framer Jim My­conos of­fi­cially wel­comed Glenna Thom­son at the launch, and ac­knowl­edged the con­tri­bu­tion of $5 from ev­ery book sale made on the night to be do­nated to Be­nalla Street Art.

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