EVENTS - A Reading List for Mum this Mother's Day.

It's coming up to Winter and chances are Mum would love a good book to curl up with sometime soon. The Potts Point Bookshop, has curated a list just for us, and we are itching to get our hands on one (or all) of them. 

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In The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone, debut Australian novelist Felicity McLean explores the long echoes of emotional trauma and guilt born of the disappearance of three siblings twenty years ago. It is a compelling and deeply resonant coming-of-age tale, and an absolutely enthralling account of a young woman’s effort to heal deep wounds that don’t easily show, whose voice will stay with you for a long time.

Writing with an assurance and grace that signals the arrival of an important literary voice, Laveau-Harvie’s Stella Prize-winningThe Erratics tells the story of the author’s return home to Alberta, Canada, to confront her mother’s legacy of abuse. Imbued with a dark, savage wit, this memoir completely subverts the social expectations of motherhood as it explores the cancer within Laveau-Harvie’s family.

In this New Map Italy, Herbert Ypma maps out eighty-five experiences and tips that will elevate your next trip to Italy from a good experience to a truly memorable one. This is the must-have guide for the contemporary traveller.

Good Food editor Ardyn Bernoth selects 100 recipes by nine of Australia's best-loved chefs in Good Food Favourite Recipes. It features easy weeknight meals as well as jaw-dropping dishes certain to impress. 

In Small Garden Design, Australia's leading landscape designer, Paul Bangay, applies his 25 years of experience to provide expert advice on how to transform any area — no matter what the size — into a garden paradise. He shows us 'how to make the most of small space you have, and how to transform it into the paradise that we all aspire to.

If you've already snapped these goodies up then check out the other book stores scattered around Eastside, The Bookshop in Darlinghurst has some great LGBTQI texts and some steamy reads or Ariel further down Oxford Street can provide the best in coffee table books, art texts and gorgeous gifts and accessories. We also love the setup at Berkelouw where you can't turn down a coffee in their upstairs library/cafe whilst you flick through your latest purchase. If you want some music with your fiction then TITLE further down Crown Street can help with memorabilia, literature and vinyl, and of course the masters of recommendation over at Oscar and Friends are always willing to help out. 

(photo courtesy Potts Point Bookshop)

EVENTS - Mum and Moet at the Golden Age Cinema

The stunning Golden Age Cinema will be hosting a special screenings for Mother's Day. "Mother's Day with Moet"  is a beautiful gift for the mums out that who want to spend quality time with the ones they love or are more inclined to experiences. 

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Pair your tickets to fashion-forward Audrey Hepburn musical Funny Face, positively dotty art doco Kusama — Infinity or festival hit Icelandic comedy Woman at War with a bubbling glass of Moët and a hand-made Gelato Messina choc top – all for just $40 Adult and $35 Concession.

EVENTS - That's a wrap! Oxtravaganza makes a splash over the weekend.

After a wet weekend Oxtravaganza is done and dusted! Eastside was awash in glitter, music and laughter as the third annual Oxtravaganza kicked off!

The marketplace was colourful and bright in Foley Street and as the day progressed Oxford Street ramped up the action! We had Sax Fetish and their Naked Barber pulling the crowds and the stunning musical performance from Cherry Earhart rang out strong.

Wayside Chapel had the most delicious treats on sale outside Ariel Bookstore. Darlinghurst Primary School had their “love darlo” stall up and running. Swim and undies models braved the rainy weather. And our very own, favourite Queen, Maxi Shield was spruiking outside ACON in a warm up before her show later at The Oxford. Around the corner in Bourke St bikes were being pimped (Lekker Bikes), rainbow cakes served (Christophers Cakes), DJ’s and BBQ’s were warming up (Lumiere Cafe) and rum cocktails were on the menu (BRIX Distillery).

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Oxtravaganza ambassador Sheldon Riley was wandering up and down the event popping in and out of shops, with a quick performance here and there. He was glowing after being given the rockstar treatment at Kryolan and this showed up beautifully as he posed for pictures outside Cork and Canvas for their fingerprinted Pride Tree.

If you didn’t make it to Oxtravaganza this year then don’t worry they will be back in 2020, bigger and better than ever. If you are a business who would like to participate next year then let the organisers know by emailing info@oxtravaganza.com.au.