Cooroy Fusion Book Fair

We have an amazing line up of talented local authors coming to Cooroy Library as part of the Cooroy Fusion Book Fair.

This will be a great chance to discover the talented wordsmiths that live in our local area and browse their work. Books will be for sale, with authors there to sign your copy including:


karen clarke cooroy fusion book fairKaren ClarkeFrom Bullied to Brilliant

Karen is the author of ‘From Bullied to Brilliant’ and co-founder of Powerful Positive People. Karen has a deep understanding of bullying and social isolation, both in her capacity as professional coach and her personal experiences of witnessing and experiencing bullying. As the mother of three school-aged children, she also understands the pressures families face when bullying becomes an issue.Karen’s book ’From Bullied to Brilliant’ helps parents, educators and victims of bullying understand how a change in thinking can end the bully-victim cycle.A Trainer of NLP and Time Line Therapy® Karen currently works as a confidence and performance coach helping adults, children, performers and athletes reach their potential. The world is full of questions, but our answers lie within.


zane hacker cooroy fusion book fair

Zane HackerAntarctic Sundays

Antarctic Sundays is a book of adventure, food and photography in a place that can only be described as  remarkable, Antarctica. Zane Hacker spent 14 months living at Mawson Station, this book follows his journey and is memoir, travel and cookery rolled into a visual wonder.

Antarctic Sundays takes you from the breathtaking highs of the Antarctic environment and scenery to the challenges of a young adult/chef living in a remote and isolated community.  It is an honest and frank account of life few of us get to experience. Through brilliant photos, and a weekly email, Zane takes readers to places most only dream about. Throw in some delicious food and this account will delight all your senses. The recipes are easy to follow with plenty of tips. Come and see Zane at the Cooroy Fusion Book Fair

Antarctic Sundays is a snapshot of where the world can take you in the space of a year with an abundance of natural wildlife wonders along the way.


dale lorna jacobsen cooroy fusion book fairDale Lorna JacobsenUnion Jack & Yenohan’s Legacy

Dale Lorna Jacobsen is a freelance writer who has the good fortune to live in the bush just outside Maleny.

She is passionate about grass-roots history, which led to the publication of two novels: Union Jack (2011), political intrigue set in Queensland in the 1920s; and Yenohan’s Legacy (2013), a story of love and life in the High Country of Australia.

In 2013 she fulfilled a life-long dream, taking part in an expedition to Antarctica, and produced an ebook, Why Antarctica? a Ross Sea odyssey in 2015.


bek mugridge cooroy fusion book fairBek MugridgeThe Pram Diet

The Pram Diet is an inspirational, heartfelt and supportive book written by a mother to other mothers.
It features my own very personal story of becoming a new mum, from a busy, involve career to becoming a stay at home in what felt like overnight. My experience with post natal depression, regaining my identity after having a baby and getting my body back too! It contains some of my favourite home recipes at the time, expert gardening advice on composting and getting started growing your own food, learning to love your reflection and simple ways top reduce stress.I am excited to be working on edits for 3 children’s picture books that received top reviews at the CYA conference. One is about the wonders of an edible, organic garden through the eyes of a child, one is semi educational and is all about trees and the forms they take.

The third and probably my favourite is Bernie the Bush Turkey, cute, funny and a beautiful story of unusual friendship and finding it in unlikely places with an undertone of seeing our wildlife as important.

Meet these inspirational local authors at the Cooroy Fusion Book Fair


jo kadlecek cooroy fusion book fairJo KadlecekWhen Girls Became Lions

Jo Kadlecek is an American author & writing coach who’s recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast. She is the author of 15 books, including her most recent: a women’s sports novel called, WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS. Jo teaches a range of writing workshops through Hearts and Minds Art Gallery in Tewantin as well as individual editorial coaching for writers. For more info, please visit her website

Published in September 2015 through Book Baby Press, When Girls Became Lions is a 220-page contemporary novel available for purchase in print or e-books through or anywhere books are sold. For additional information on the authors, the novel, or Title IX, please visit

Co-authored by Valerie J. Gin and Jo Kadlecek, both former college athletes and coaches, the story follows Teacher Bailey Crawford in 1983 as he leads his town’s first girls soccer team to their school’s only state championship—despite the hardships they confront just to play. It’s not until 25 years later in 2008 when new coach Reynalda Wallace discovers their story and recognition for the soccer champs finally arrives. In the process, Rey learns how much of her own life—past and present—is bound to those first athletes whose struggle she never knew existed. Until now.

The novel moves between 1983 and 2008 as the two coaches’ stories progress, capturing the impact Title IX legislation had on one mid-western town. It is a unique literary contribution to both women’s fiction and the ordinarily male-dominated sports genre as it celebrates women’s friendships against the backdrop of sport history.



faye roots cooroy fusion book fairFaye Roots – Beyond the Ashes, Marranga-Limga

Marranga-Limga, a tale which begins in 1880 with the arrival in Gympie of a young couple with their small son. The novel tells the story of Nika, the child of an Irish miner and an Aboriginal mother, and her courageous quest for education and identity. It is also the story of Tom, a travelling evangelist who joins other Christians in a journey to find integrity and purpose.

“Marranga-Limga” is a saga of miners, railway workers and timber carriers; of floods, pubs and human conflicts, and above all, the courage, faith, hope and tenacity of the early Gympie community.


josephine moon cooroy fusion book fairJosephine MoonThe Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Bee Keepers Secret

Josephine likes to write stories around food (‘foodie fiction’) and thinks of her books as nourishment for the soul. And if she’d known she could claim a high tea as a legitimate research tax deduction, she would have written about food much sooner.

Sometimes she prepares great, organic superpower foods and other times she eats toast.

You can catch all these great local authors in person at the Cooroy Fusion Book Fair in Cooroy Library  on Saturday 7th May.


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