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Holden Sheppard: The Brink National Tour

Join award-winning author Holden Sheppard as he tours Australia to celebrate the launch of his new novel, The Brink.

Holden will be appearing in person at the events below. For bookings and further information, please click here and select your preferred event.

Holden Sheppard: The Brink national tour
2 August: Joondalup Library, WA
4 August: The Wheeler Centre, VIC
4 August: Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library, VIC
8 August: Better Read Than Dead, NSW
9 August: The Bookshop Darlinghurst, NSW
10 August: Muse Canberra, ACT
16 August: Lesmurdie Library, WA
18 August: Success Library, WA
19 August: City of Perth Library, WA
26 August: Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD

More to come!

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Holden Sheppard in conversation at Lesmurdie Library (WA)

Join Holden Sheppard, award-winning author of Invisible Boys, as he discusses his new novel The Brink at Lesmurdie Library.

Holden will be in conversation with Michael Jongen.

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Jessie Cole in conversation at Avid Reader (QLD)

Join author Jessie Cole as she discusses her memoir Desire: A Reckoning with Laura Jean McKay.

Jessie has written an unabashed, thrilling exploration of the very nature of desire, a story about vulnerability and strength, loss and regeneration. A memoir of the body, Desire is a visceral book in which feeling and longing are laid bare.

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Holden Sheppard in conversation at Success Library (WA)

Holden Sheppard is an award winning WA author. His novel Invisible Boys won multiple accolades, including the 2019 Western Australian Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer. The Brink is his second novel.

Holden will be in conversation with fellow author David Allan-Petale at Success Library.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

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Book launch: Holden Sheppard launches THE BRINK at City of Perth Library (WA)

Boffins Books and the City of Perth Library are delighted to host Holden Sheppard and Craig Silvey for the release of Holden's latest book The Brink.

This launch is free but bookings are essential.

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YA Book Club with Miranda Luby at Bookgrove (VIC)

Join Miranda Luby at Bookgrove's YA/Teen Book Club to discuss her gorgeous debut novel, Sadie Starr's Guide to Starting Over.  This event is suitable for all readers aged 13+. 

To book your spot, please email Connie at 

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Book Launch: Paper Cage by Tom Baragwanath (NZ)

Join Unity Books Wellington from 6pm to 8pm as they host the launch of Tom Baragwanath's stunning debut literary thriller and winner of the 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize, Paper Cage

William Brandt will be in conversation with Tom to launch the book.

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential. Drinks and snacks will be provided and books will be available for purchase and signing. 

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Holden Sheppard in conversation at Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD)

When Holden Sheppard discovered that feelings – especially painful ones – weren’t something boys were meant to talk about, he began to write his down instead. Twenty years later, the boy from Geraldton is a multi-award winning author.

Holden has received extensive accolades for his hit book, Invisible Boys and its representation of young queer people growing up in Western Australia.

His second novel, The Brink, is set to be released in August and already generating a lot of buzz. Euphoria meets Lord of the Flies in this unmissable novel about the wild, dangerous freedom of young adulthood.

Get the first glimpse into the story, as Holden talks in conversation with award-winning journalist and ABCQueer’s Mon Schafter.

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Greg Woodland - The Carnival is Over (QLD)

This event commences instore and online via zoom at 6.30pm (AEST)

NOTE: In registering for this event you need to include your email address.

Instore guests - 6.00 for a 6.30pm start. With booking an instore ticket your name will be on the door at Avid Reader.

Bar open at 5.30pm - drinks available for purchase prior to and after the event.

Zoom guests - we email the Zoom event link to you after 4.00pm AEST on the day of the event. If you have not received this information prior to the event please check your SPAM folder. Customers using BigPond email addresses have informed us that they often do not receive our emails. Please use an alternative address or ensure that you have contacted us directly before 6.00pm AEST on the day of the event to request the link.

Join Greg Woodland as he speaks about his new thriller The Carnival is Over with screenwriter Evelyn Saunders.

1971 — Hal is seventeen, with dreams of escaping from Moorabool to a life in the city. But right now he’s on a good behaviour bond and stuck in a job he hates, paying off the car he ‘borrowed’ and crashed. Hal’s packing-room job makes him a target for workplace bullies and the friendship of the older, more worldly Christine is all that makes each day bearable. So when she doesn’t turn up for work, he’s on the alert.

So is Sergeant Mick Goodenough. But he already knows what’s happened to Christine: the same thing that happened to the newly elected deputy mayor. When another gruesome ‘accident’ occurs in Moorabool, Goodenough suspects there’s something sinister going on behind the scenes at the abattoir.

Mick and Hal are both determined to dig up the truth. Before long each of them is going to find himself in mortal danger and running for his life.

Greg Woodland, author of the acclaimed The Night Whistler, returns with another nail-biting rural thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Greg Woodland is an author, screenwriter and former director. Since 2000 he’s worked as a freelance script editor and consultant for film funding bodies and the Australian Writers’ Guild and taught screenwriting at Sydney film schools and universities. His first novel, The Night Whistler, was shortlisted for a 2021 Ned Kelly Award.

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Miranda Luby In Conversation at Dymocks Waurn Ponds (VIC)

Join local Surf Coast author Miranda Luby at Dymocks Waurn Ponds to discuss her debut novel, Sadie Starr's Guide to Starting Over.

This gorgeous YA novel was shortlisted for the 2020 Text Prize and explores themes of perfectionism, cancel culture and the dangers of black and white thinking.

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential. 

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