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The March 'Book of the Month' is Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident by Bruce Pascoe.

Cover of Dark Emu

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing – behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie.

About the Author Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor.  Books include the short story collections "Night Animals" and "Nightjar"; the novels "Fox," "Ruby Eyed Coucal," "Ribcage," "Shark," "Earth," and "Ocean"; historical works "Cape Otway: Coast of secrets" and "Convincing Ground"; the childrens book "Foxies in a Firehose" and the young adult fiction "Fog a Dox," which won the Prime Ministers Literary Award for YA Fiction, 2013."


Book Club starts on Tuesday 13 March with a short introductory get together where you will receive your book.

Date: Tuesday 13 March (Next Tuesday)

Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Where: Tolland Community Centre, Bruce Street, Wagga Wagga


Be sure to go and grab your copy of Dark Emu this weekend, as we kick off the Book Club on TUESDAY!

You can purchase the book at, and most other reputable book stores. They also have handy e books if thats your cup of tea! (I find it pays to shop around ;) )

Towards the end of the month i will post our discussion questions for online members to join in the discussion!


Ash xx

The full reading list can be found here.

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