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The universe as seen through a book lover's eyes
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read" - Groucho Marx
Ramona Koval, writer, journalist and broadcaster
For book lovers, reading fills a spot in us that nothing else does, not even an entire block of good quality chocolate, a Hawthorn win, and an open fireplace on a day of cold (although those things are all wonderful accompaniments for any book-reading endeavour).
Reading a new book is like riding a new horse - it can take a while to find your comfort in the saddle. You're not even sure if you like this particular horse for the first few pages, let alone understand its gait. And though non-book lovers might think you're a nerd, that you should get out and live life instead if sitting there with your damn nose stuck in that book, what do they know about the thrill that you feel, upon realising for the first time that the book you are on page 15 of and getting to know is one that you are suddenly falling in love with? All of this while curled up and to all intents and purposes, to those weird unbookers doing things out in the world, to be doing nothing at all.
But what do they know? Reading is discovering new worlds on the inside. Books are, as Ramona said on Late Night Live in 2011, "empathy machines and imagination machines."
Talking about books with other lovers is the next best thing to reading them yourself, and book lovers and Radio National listeners will be familiar with Ramona Koval, who broadcast The Book Show for five years until leaving in 2011, to devote more time to her writing.
What has come out of that extra writing space is By the Book: A Reader's Guide to Life. Part memoir and part meditation on what we love about reading, and about the books that have woven themselves into her life, Ramona is speaking at a literary lunch at Burrinja Cultural Centre on Thursday, 18 April 2013 at 12.30pm.
All for the bargain basement price of $12.50, which includes lunch. Bookings are essential and payment is required beforehand - either in person at any Eastern Regional Library branch, at Burrinja, or over the phone on 9754 7266.