Kate Toon

Meet Kate

Kate is an award-winning writer, business coach, speaker, podcaster and hula hooper. She’s previously written a book of poetry, a popular kids book and three business books (her latest Six Figures While you Sleep published by Major Street Publishing). Her love of literature started at school, and continued through to her English Literature degree (there isn’t a classic she hasn’t read).

After working in advertising as a copywriter for many years (both big agencies and a freelancer) she now teaches others her skills via online courses and memberships.

Kate has loved the bookshop in Umina since she moved here many moons ago, and hopes her creative flair, love of community and marketing skills can help continue the lovely atmosphere of the store.

She’s an avid crime reader, a poetry glutton, loves a bit of modern fiction and of course the old classics and a bit of Tolkien Fantasy. A big kid at heart, you might also find her in the kid’s section, lapping up toddler books and teen fiction.

Meet Julie

Julie has owned two bookshops (and was the previous owner of the book nook!) A university academic, her previous role as an International Education Executive for CPA Australia saw her looking after 130,000 members globally. She’s been fortunate to travel a lot with work – a highlight was teaching in New York. Julie loves the written word, is a prolific reader and an orb of knowledge about all things books.

“A wordsmith to me is a magician and that is why I adore the diversity of our book clubs so very much. language is everything. There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”

Julie is a well known face in the local literary scene, runs the Book Nook Book Club, and also writes regular book reviews for the local paper.

Julie Chessman

Meet Michaela

Michaela’s previous experience involves corporate coaching world around effective conversations and building leadership skills. After becoming a mum (to identical twin gals) Michaela started working at our beautiful local bookshop when her kids started kindy.. and has never left (nor does she want to)!

Our resident librarian (she knows where every book is in an instant) Michaela loves contemporary fiction, cosy crime and the international booker prize list when it comes around.. She’s a big fan of a sweeping saga and some historical fiction when she feels like digging into a big chunkster book. Her favourites include Shuggie Bain, A Little Life, Thursday Murder Club and Pachinko.