Join us for the Loreto Past Pupils’ Book Club

Monday 5 November, 6pm for 6.30pm
Avid Reader
193 Boundary St, West End

RSVP – 1 November

Author Sally Piper will be in-conversation with Loreto Past Pupil and Avid staff member, Jennifer Stephens, delving into the themes of Sally’s new novel The Geography of Friendship. Through a story with pace and personal challenge Sally’s characters explore our natural environment and our relationship with it, the imprint of the past and the heart of female friendships.

Discussion of The Geography of Friendship will be interesting to readers who have read the book in advance as well as to those who go on to read the novel afterwards.

Jennifer and Sally will round off the evening with a Bookchat highlighting some of the best reads of 2018. You’ll hear about books that are great for book clubs, holiday reads, gifts and Avid favourites of the year.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided and you will receive 10% off any purchases made on the night.


Avid Reader will kindly donate 10% from every Loreto Book Club sale to the Loreto College Library. Just be sure to tell them you are a ‘Loreto Book Club’ Member at the counter.

All enquiries can be directed to the College Community department on 07 3394 9999 or via

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Have you joined the Loreto Past Pupils’ Book Club yet?

Loreto Book Club occurs once every school term. It is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends over a glass of wine and reflect on the shared values our Loreto education imparted on all of us. In addition to having a good old fashioned chat about the story, we also consider the Mary Ward virtues as they relate to the themes of the book. It is a wonderful way to delve further into the discussion as part of a ‘circle of friends’.

We are so lucky to have Jen Stephens (1988), Coorparoo past pupil, helping us to bring this initiative to fruition.  Jennifer is Avid Reader’s Bookclub’s Coordinator and also one of their ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ staff members. She loves talking to book clubs about great books for discussion, and is passionate about both fine Australian writing and encouraging a love of literature in the young.

Jennifer fled the usual consequences of studying law and journalism to travel. She found herself managing an international bookstore in Prague in the mid to late 90s where she also wrote about books and writers for English-language papers and magazines.  She continued writing when she returned to Australia and is exploring writing fiction.

Motherhood and involvement in early literacy programmes informs her understanding of the importance of reading to the young and she cherishes literature as part of her life.

Jennifer has great nostalgia for her bookshop days in Prague and reckons that on cold, grey days working at Avid Reader feels like a return to a lost love.