The Benalla Library was a fitting venue for the successful launch of Glenna Thomson’s latest novel Stella and Margie, which is set in Benalla and inspired by the local farming region.
More than 60 people attended the launch at the Sir Edward ‘‘Weary’’ Dunlop Learning Centre earlier this month.
‘‘We were delighted to welcome acclaimed local author Glenna Thomson back to Benalla to launch her second novel, Stella and Margie,’’ Benalla Library coordinator Deb Saunders said.
‘‘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.
‘‘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.
‘‘Glenna brings icons such as the Benalla Town Hall to life with her writing.’’
Local picture framer 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.