Successful book launch at the Benalla Library

Published on 08 February 2018

Acclaimed author Glenna Thomson with local identity, Jim Myconos, and Deb Saunders, Benalla Library Coordinator

The Benalla Library was a fitting venue for the successful launch of Glenna Thomson’s latest novel Stella and Margie recently, which is set in Benalla and inspired by the local farming region.

More than 60 people attended the official launch at the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Learning Centre on Friday 2 February.

“We were delighted to welcome acclaimed local author Glenna Thomson back to Benalla to launch her second novel, Stella and Margie,” said Deb Saunders, Benalla Library Coordinator.

Stella and Margie is a novel about the relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law who are thrown together by circumstance, and who slowly come to love and understand one another,” said Deb.

“This book explores the power of women’s friendships, love and duty and acceptance.”

Ms Thomson, who lives on a cattle property in north-east Victoria, took inspiration from her country living as the centre of her second novel.

“The settings in the novel are inspired by the local farming region around Strathbogie and our beautiful township of Benalla, featuring a local picture framer, a local department store in the style of Millers and a second hand bookshop,” Deb said.

“Glenna brings icons such as the Benalla Town Hall to life with her writing.”

Local picture framer and Chair of the Benalla Street Art committee, Jim Myconos, officially welcomed Glenna Thomson at the launch, and acknowledged the contribution of $5 from every book sale made on the night to be donated to Benalla Street Art.