Embrace Kids: Film and Q&A with Taryn Brumfitt

Body positivity advocate, author and filmmaker Taryn Brumfitt will join us to screen her new film ‘Embrace Kids’ and discuss her new book examining the impact that body image has on kids. The film targets 8-16 year olds but is relevant to kids of all ages, including teenagers.

Recent studies suggest that body image is the no.1 issue effecting our children.

‘Embrace Kids’ explores the relationship children have with their bodies, why so many boys and girls hate their bodies and what we can do about it. The film covers topics including social media, photoshopping, ‘fitspiration’, the influence of media and advertising on body image and role models.

Bring your kids, bring their friends, and come watch a meaningful film about how to love our bodies and meet filmmaker Taryn Brumfitt!

Adult tickets: $30
Kids tickets: $15
Adult ticket + book: $50
Kids ticket + book: $45

Date: Saturday 3 September
Time: 4:30-7pm
Location: Avalon Cinema

Book here

An evening with Dr. Norman Swan

Many of us dream of staying as young as possible as long as possible, and
there’s a growing Conga line of products and people offering you just that
dream. Australia’s most trusted, straight-talking doctor and broadcaster
Norman Swan joins us discuss what works and what definitely doesn’t.
No matter what your age, So You Want to Live Younger Longer? gives you the
information you need to make your own choices, without wasting time and
money, or even missing a nice dinner because of a diet that is getting you

Join us for what is sure to be an entertaining and informative evening with
‘Australia’s Doctor.’

Date: Wednesday 14th September
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Moby Dicks, Whale Beach 

Book Tickets here

Past Events

Geraldine Brooks, In Conversation

It is our great pleasure to welcome Geraldine Brooks back to Bookoccino, the first stop on an Australian tour to celebrate her magnificent new novel, Horse. Sublimely told and rich with historic detail and moral complexity, Horse glides effortlessly from the 19th Century to the present, to reckon with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America. At the heart of the story is a thoroughbred, a stallion, named Lexington, and an enslaved groomsman, Jarrett. Under Jarrett’s training Lexington won more races than any horse in American history and sired even more champions. Brooks took up riding when she was 50, and her love of horses infuses the novel, as do the experiences of her own sons. Whether or not you’ve ever sat in a saddle, you too will come to feel the bond between Lexington & Jarrett. Geraldine will be in conversation with her dear friend, film director Graham Thorburn.

Date: Tuesday 19th July
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Moby Dick’s

Drug Grannies

Sandi Logan’s “Betrayed” is a relentlessly fascinating, sometimes hilarious and often jaw-dropping true story of two American women who became unwitting drug mules.

1977.  Vera Hays and Florice Bessire agree to drive a van from Europe to Australia at the request of Vera’s nephew. Did they know the van was loaded with two tonnes of hashish?
On their treacherous journey, with cops and criminals closing in, they must hide their forbidden love for each other as well as their role in Australia’s biggest drug haul ever. Join us for an entertaining evening at Avalon Bowling Club. Author Sandi Logan and Avalon’s own Bill Leimbach, who is producing the Phillip Noyce directed film, will join us to discuss what went wrong for the ‘Drug Grannies’.

Date: Thursday 30th June
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Avalon Bowlo

An Evening with Damien Cave and Nick Bryant: Outsiders Looking In.

We are pleased to host two award-winning foreign correspondents, Damien Cave, Bureau Chief of the New York Times and Nick Bryant, writer, broadcaster and self-proclaimed ‘lapsed foreign correspondent’ (with over two decades with the BBC), for an outsiders view of Australian culture and politics.

Damien Cave is the Australian Bureau Chief for the New York Times. Arriving in 2017 with his young family, Damien encountered the local pursuits of Nippers and surfing – and an approach to risk that changed the way they lived their lives. Having reported from Baghdad, Mexico and more, Damien expected he knew something of danger, but Australia surprised him. His book, Into the Rip: How the Australian Way of Risk Made My Family Stronger, Happier … and Less American, explores how danger differs down under.

Nick Bryant is a writer, broadcaster and self-proclaimed ‘lapsed foreign correspondent’. He has clocked up two decades with the BBC and recently returned to Australia after covering the Trump years for the BBC. He is the author of two books: The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a Great Nation Lost its Way and When America Stopped Being Great: A History of the Present.

First published in 2015, his forensic look at the Lucky Country, where politics is ‘brutal, narrow and facile’, remains prescient today.

Date: Wednesday 15 June
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Moby Dicks 
227 Whale Beach Road, Whale Beach

Ukraine and Russia: The Who, What, Where,Why

LISTEN NOW to the free audio recording on Spotify, or Apple 

Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine has turned global politics upside down. The US and Europe have co-operated as closely as they have for decades, along with allies like Australia, reinvigorating the West. Germany has committed to a huge boost in defence spending and Finland has dropped 70 years of neutrality. Energy prices have soared. On the other side, China has strongly backed Russia, perhaps with an eye to future conflicts in the Pacific.

Bookoccino will host a special event to discuss the Ukraine war, featuring Bobo Lo, a former Australian diplomat and Russia expert, and Zoya Sheftalovich, a contributing editor of Politico Europe, based in Brussels. The event will be hosted by Richard McGregor of the Lowy Institute.

Date: Friday 3rd of June
Time: 6 – 8.30pm (drinks from 6-6:30 with talk starting at 6:30)
Location: Moby Dicks, 227 Whale Beach Road, Whale Beach
Cost: $55, inc refreshments

Monday 9 May: Federal Candidates Debate – SOLD OUT

THE BIG ONE: An evening with the candidates.

We were pleased to host a very informative evening with the Mackellar Federal Candidates. In attendance were Liberal Party incumbent Jason Falinski and Independent Party challenger Sophie Scamps. We also heard from Labor’s Paula Goodman; Greens Ethan Hrnjak; New Liberal Party Barry Steele. Moderated by Geraldine Doogue, the ABC interviewer who knows how to ask politicians tough questions and get straight answers.

Location: Avalon Cinemas
Time: 7-9pm

Watch the entire debate on our Bookoccino YouTube Channel.

Polis Series – 3rd, 10th & 1st May with Federal Candidates Debate on 9th May

With the Federal Election upon us, Bookoccino is pleased to be hosting a series of discussions-debates on key voting issues.

Location: At Bookoccino (66 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon)
Time: 4-6pm
Entry is free and all are welcome

We will be blocking off the car parking spaces in front of the bookstore for seating. There will be some seating provided, but feel free to BYOCC (bring your own camp chair!)

Beer, wine & books will be available to purchase.

Expect stimulating discourse from some of our sharpest political observers and public intellectuals.

Our ‘Polis’ series will culminate in a public debate between Mackellar candidates, moderated by Geraldine Doogue on 9th May from 7-9pm, location TBC.

Here’s the lineup…

Sunday 1 May: Do we need a federal ICAC?

On Sunday, 1 May, Bookoccino will host the third in its series of critical  electoral issues. “Do we need a federal ICAC?” is this Sunday’s topic for discussion and debate. “Yes,” says Anne Davies, veteran journalist, currently political editor at The Guardian. “No,” says Chris Merritt, legal affairs editor at The Australian. Moderator will be Quentin Dempster, long-time ABC correspondent.

Anne Davies, Political Editor, The Guardian
with Quentin Dempster
4-6pm at Bookoccino
BYO camp chair

Sunday 3 April: Climate Change 

Martijn Wilder, former head of Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Founding partner Pollination.
Tim Flannery, internationally renowned environmentalist; head of the Climate Council
Moderator: Marian Wilkinson, author of The Carbon Club
4-6pm at Bookoccino

Sunday 10 April: Foreign Affairs & Defence 

Paul Kelly
, editor-at-large, The Australian
James Curran, Professor of History Sydney University
Moderator: Geraldine Doogue
4-6pm at Bookoccino

Women’s Night: 31 March 2022 – SOLD OUT
5:45-6pm Moby Dicks, Whale Beach

From the High Court to Parliament House, from private schools to mining camps, the #MeToo movement is rocking cabinet rooms, board rooms and classrooms. Women are demanding action, not apologies. And they’ll be a loud voice in the 2022 election. It would be hard to find a more stellar panel to discuss what needs to be done: Julia Baird, Julia Banks and Jess Hill will be joined in conversation by Marian Wilkinson.

A video of the event is coming soon! You can view other Bookoccino events on our YouTube page here.

Kathy Lette: 29 March 2022 – SOLD OUT

We guarantee you’ll laugh all through our long lunch with the lovingly irreverent Kathy Lette.

Our wonderful friends at Bar Elvina have prepared a two course menu with wine, to be enjoyed with a guilty chuckle. Kathy’s latest revenge caper is Till Death, or a Little Light Maiming, Do Us Part.
Join us from 12.30pm for an uplifting afternoon with an Australian sweetheart.

Watch the video of the event here.  You can view other Bookoccino events on our YouTube page here.

Ben Quilty: 24 February 2022

One of our greatest living artists, Ben Quilty, joined Bookoccino’s Ray Bonner February the 24th, 2022 to celebrate the publication of his new book Free Fall. View their full conversation on our YouTube page here.

The Future of Democracy with Geraldine Doogue AO and John Keane: 22 Feb 2022

Bookoccino Talks continue to stimulate your political citizenry with a conversation on the origins, intentions and future of Democracy between acclaimed political philosopher John Keane and Geraldine Doogue, 10 Feb 2022. View the full conversation on our YouTube page here.

Bookoccino Climate Talk: 11 March 2021

It was our pleasure to host this extraordinary panel, featuring renowned scientist Tim Flannery, Warringah Independent MP Zali Steggall and Clean Energy evangelist and businessman Mike Cannon-Brookes in conversation with acclaimed journalist Marian Wilkinson. View the full conversation on our YouTube page here.

China Talk Vol 3: January 2022

Former New York Times China Bureau Chief Jane Perlez debates China with acclaimed journalists Chris Buckley and Richard McGregor. “Will there be war? Is Australia’s policy on China too hard, or too soft?” View the full conversation on our YouTube page here.

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