A Pale View of Hills 

Dulwich Hill branch manager, radio personality, and book selling superstar, Morgan Smith tells us how it is.

Amy Bloom

 - Friday, October 03, 2014
October is here and that means all the new releases for Christmas will be arriving over the next few weeks. Aaargh! Talk about busy!
September was busy starting with a huge Father’s Day weekend (thanks, everyone), followed by the Dulwich Hill Fair, which moved back from its usual December date. Gleebooks hosted a successful and fun fundraiser for the Marrickville Community Fund—oh, alright, I should come clean—I can’t tell you how it went as I’m writing before the event. What I can say is the Marrickville Community Fund is a terrific initiative designed to raise money for people wanting to do community projects—whether a film or other artistic project, a community garden etc. Look it up. Get involved.
I had an interesting visit from some Dulwich High students who asked me about my reaction to the new apartment block going up over the road from them. They seemed surprised when I said it was great—more people in the area is good for business, I said, I only hope there are plenty of readers moving in. The kids expected me to run a line about too many cars and ‘all those new people’ moving in to the area. Bring it on, I say. Maybe it will mean that the rather daggy New Canterbury Road will have some new exciting businesses—and maybe even, someone will open a bar/bistro on D’Hill.
This month I read a gorgeous new novel by American writer Amy Bloom who first crossed my radar with her book of short stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out. Her new novel, Lucky Us, is set in New York during WW11 and brings together a marvellously eccentric cast of characters led by the young Eva, a wise and intelligent girl, who yearns for a family and finds it in the most unusual places. This is a book full of humour and hope, sadness and joy. Very satisfying. See you soon on D’Hill. Morgan Smith