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Krissy Kneen at Fullers Bookshop (TAS)
Krissy Kneen

Join Krissy Kneen for the launch of An Uncertain Grace at Fullers Bookshop.

A five-part novel in which a university lecturer receives a shocking gift from a former student, a convicted paedophile experiments with collective consciousness to escape his desolation, two characters transition beyond gender and age, and one character transcends the corporeal. But there’s still the question of love.

This is a remarkable book from one of Australia’s most innovative, thrilling writers.

Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels SteeplechaseTriptychThe Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television. 

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Jock Serong at State Library of Victoria
Jock Serong

Join Jock Serong and the State Library of Victoria to talk about The Rules of Backyard CricketIt will include a Q&A chaired by Readings bookshop, followed by a lively discussion with your fellow book club members.

Jock Serong lives and works on the far southwest coast of Victoria. Formerly a lawyer, he is now a features writer, and was the editor of Great Ocean Quarterly.  His first novel, Quota, won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. His most recent novel is The Rules of Backyard Cricket.

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Krissy Kneen at Readings, Carlton (VIC)
Krissy Kneen

Burlesque dancer and provocateur Moira Finucane will launch Krissy Kneen’s provocative new novel, An Uncertain Grace.

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her—and when he has lived it, he will understand how.

This novel playfully explores future possibilities for sex and gender.

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Helen Garner and Bernadette Brennan at Readings, Carlton
A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Join Helen Garner and Bernadette Brennan at Readings for an intimate and in-depth conersation of Bernadette's book, A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work.

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft.

But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained by the rules of literary form. She has never been afraid to write herself into her nonfiction, and many of her own experiences help to shape her fiction. But who is the ‘I’ in Helen Garner’s work?

Bernadette Brennan’s A Writing Life is the first full-length study of Garner’s forty years of work, a literary portrait that maps all of her books against the different stages of her life.

Brennan has had access to previously unavailable papers in Garner’s archive, and she provides a lively and rigorous reading of the books, journals and correspondence of one of Australia’s most beloved women of letters.

Dr Bernadette Brennan is an academic and researcher in contemporary Australian writing, literature and ethics. She is the author of a number of publications, including a monograph on Brian Castro and two edited collections: Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice (UQP 2008), and Ethical Investigations: Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics (Vagabond 2008). She lives in Sydney.

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Graeme Simsion with the Isolated Children’s Parents' Association (SA)
Graeme Simsion

Join Graeme Simsion with the South Australian Isolated Children's Parents' Association in Port Augusta. Graeme will be a guest speaker and will be available to sign copies of his books after the presentation.

Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books.

The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to over forty countries.

Sony Pictures have optioned the film rights with Graeme contracted to write the script. The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book, and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, was released in 2014 to great acclaim and also became a bestseller.

His new book is The Best of Adam Sharp

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Elspeth Muir at Avid Reader (QLD)
Elspeth Muir

Join Elspeth Muir at Avid Reader's Big Breakfast Bookclub to discuss her Stella Prize longlisted book, Wasted.

In 2009 Elspeth Muir's youngest brother finished his last university exam and went out with some mates to get drunk. Later that night he wandered to the Story Bridge. He put his phone, wallet, T-shirt and thongs on the walkway, climbed over the railing, and jumped thirty metres into the Brisbane River below.

Intimate and beautifully told, Wasted mixes memoir with reportage to illuminate the sorrows, and the joys, of drinking. Muir traces her own history with the bottle. She speaks with the father of a boy who died in a drunken attack, and returns to Schoolies on the Gold Coast. And she tries to make sense of her much-loved brother's death.

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David Burton at the Rock & Roll Writers Festival (QLD)
David Burton

Join David Burton with Sarah Connor, Joel Birch and Kirsty Eager for a free panel at The Old Museum. Aimed at 14-17 year olds, they will be discussing why creative expression matters, and how you can find ways to utilise your feelings, desires and frustrations through the process of making art.

David Burton is a writer from Brisbane, now based in Sydney, best known for his theatre work. His play April’s Fool (Playlab Press) toured nationally in 2012. He has recently co-written Hedonism’s Second Album for La Boite indie, and The Landmine Is Me for Queensland Theatre Company. A speaker and presenter in school across Queensland, David is passionate about sharing his remarkable story with young people. How to Be Happy won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2014.

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Krissy Kneen at the Feminist Writers Festival
Text at the Feminist Writers Festival

Join Krissy Keen at the Feminist Writers Fesitval with Angela Pippos, Jamila Rizvi and Veronica Sullivan.

With 2017 the unofficial Year of the Nasty Woman, join us to discuss how expectations for women are changing, how we are challenging and rejecting gender roles, and learning to give up being so damn nice. Hear from three amazing creative women from different fields, about how they and their work have been politicised and criticised––but also applauded.

Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels SteeplechaseTriptychThe Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television. Her new novel is An Uncertain Grace.

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Steph Bowe at Where the Wild Things Are (QLD)
Steph Bowe

Join Steph Bowe for the launch of her young adult novel Night Swimming.

Night Swimming is a love story with a twist and a whole lot of heart.

Imagine being the only two seventeen-year-olds in a small town. That’s life for Kirby Arrow––named after the most dissenting judge in Australia’s history––and her best friend Clancy Lee, would-be musical star.

Clancy wants nothing more than to leave town and head for the big smoke, but Kirby is worried: her family has a history of leaving. She hasn’t heard from her father since he left when she was a baby. Shouldn’t she stay to help her mother with the goat’s-milk soap-making business, look after her grandfather who suffers from dementia, be an apprentice carpenter to old Mr Pool? And how could she leave her pet goat, Stanley, her dog Maude, and her cat Marianne?

But two things happen that change everything for Kirby. She finds an article in the newspaper about her father, and Iris arrives in town. Iris is beautiful, wears crazy clothes, plays the mandolin, and seems perfect, really, thinks Kirby. Clancy has his heart set on winning over Iris. Trouble is Kirby is also falling in love with Iris…

Steph Bowe was born in Melbourne and now lives in Queensland. She has written two earlier YA novels: Girl Saves Boy and All This Could End. Steph is currently a Stella Prize Schools Ambassador for Queensland.

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Krissy Kneen at Better Read Than Dead (NSW)
Krissy Kneen

Join Krissy Kneen at Better Read Than Dead to discuss her new book, An Uncertain Grace. 

An Uncertain Grace is a novel in five parts by one of Australia’s most inventive and provocative writers. Moving, thoughtful, sometimes playful, it is about who we are—our best and worst selves, our innermost selves—and who we might become.

Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels SteeplechaseTriptychThe Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television. 

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