Language & Literature


Presented in partnership with the Berkelouw Books Hornsby

TIME & DATE: Thursday 28 October 2021, 18:30-19:30(AEST)

VENUE: Online Zoom

BOOK OF THE MONTH: My Brilliant Life


Ae-ran Kim’s My Brilliant Life explores family bonds and out-of-the-ordinary friendships, interweaving the past and present of a tight-knit family, finding joy and happiness in even the most difficult times.

Areum lives life to its fullest, vicariously through the stories of his parents, conversations with Little Grandpa Jang who is Areum’s best friend and through the books he reads to visit the places he would otherwise never see.

For several months, Areum has been working on a manuscript, piecing together his parents’ often embellished stories about his family and childhood. He hopes to present it on his birthday, as a final gift to his mum and dad; their own falling-in-love story. Through it all, Areum and his family will have you laughing and crying, for all the right reasons.

GUESTS: Ally Bodnaruk, the manager of Berkelouw Books Hornsby will join us in conversation with a communications professional/Journalist Saimi Jeong.

FEE: Free admission, bookings essential. Click ‘HERE’ to apply.

※ Register to win one of 10 copies of our book of the month, signed by the author, Ae-ran Kim. (Australian residents only. The winners will be announced on the next day of the book club).


Saimi Jeong is a communications professional and journalist published by The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, CHOICE and other publications. She received the Walkley Award for Student Journalist of the Year in 2015.

Ally Bodnaruk is the Manager of Berkelouw Books in Hornsby where she spends her time surrounded by all things books. She runs two regular book clubs through the store and is passionate about encouraging people to try new authors, genres, and styles. You never know when you’re going to find a new favourite!