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Text Classics at Avid Reader, QLD
The Dyehouse

Join Text for a panel discussion at Avid Reader bookshop in celebration of the release of the 100th Text Classic, The Dyehouse by Mena Calthorpe. 

In the space of four years, Text Publishing has released 100 Text Classics, most of them previously long out of print. This series has brought numerous extraordinary writers from Australia and New Zealand to domestic and international attention, including Elizabeth HarrowerKenneth CookDavid BallantyneAmy Witting and Madeleine St John.

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Graeme Simsion at Beaufort Street Books, WA
Graeme Simsion

Join author of bestselling novels The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect Graeme Simsion at Beaufort Street Books for discussion of his newest novel. In The Best of Adam Sharp, Simsion employs his signature light touch to deliver a non-traditional love story about passion, commitment, and fidelity. 

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 It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to over forty countries.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.

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Peter Mares at Brisbane Powerhouse
Peter Mares

Join award-winning journalist Peter Mares as he shares his fresh insights and challenging new ideas for understanding Australia’s growing culture of temporary migration with Paul Barclay, from Radio National's Big Ideas program.

In Not Quite Australian, award-winning journalist Peter Mares draws on case studies, interviews and personal stories to investigate the complex realities of this new era of temporary migration. Mares considers such issues as the expansion of the 457 work visa, the unique experience of New Zealand migrants, the internationalisation of Australia’s education system and our highly politicised asylum-seeker policies to draw conclusions about our nation’s changing landscape.

Not Quite Australian is packed with fresh insight and challenging new ideas for understanding Australia’s growing culture of temporary migration.

Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher. He is a contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story and a senior moderator with The Cranlana Programme. Peter was a broadcaster with the ABC for twenty-five years, serving as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi and presenting national radio programs. He is the author of the award-winning book Borderline: Australia’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa and has written about migration for many media outlets including the Age, Australian Financial Review and Griffith Review. Peter lives in Melbourne with his wife and son.

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Graeme Simsion at Armadale Library, WA
Graeme Simsion

Join the bestselling author of The Rosie Project for an author talk about his new novel, The Best of Adam Sharp. Adam Sharp is a non-traditional love story, littered with musical references, and questions about the nature of long-term relationships.

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.

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Ashleigh Wilson in Newtown, NSW
Ashleigh Wilson

Author of the definitive and authorised biography Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing Ashleigh Wilson will appear in conversation with Stephen Romei. Ashleigh will be available to sign books following the talk. 

Ashleigh Wilson has been a journalist for almost two decades. He began his career at the Australian in Sydney before spending several years in Brisbane, covering everything from state politics to the Hollingworth crisis to indigenous affairs. He then moved north to become the paper’s Darwin correspondent, a posting bookended by the Falconio murder trial and the Howard government’s intervention in remote Aboriginal communities. During that time he won a Walkley Award for reports on unethical behaviour in the Aboriginal art industry, a series that led to a Senate inquiry. He returned to Sydney in 2008 and has been the paper’s Arts Editor since 2011. He lives in Sydney.

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Text Classics at Gleebooks, NSW
The Dyehouse

Launched in 2012 with a suite of thirty titles, the Text Classics have now sold over 170,000 copies worldwide. The launch generated debate about our neglect of our literary heritage, but it also encouraged the wide reading of authors ranging from Watkin Tench to Henry Handel Richardson, from Barbara Baynton to Sumner Locke Elliott.

Since then Text has added dozens of titles to the Text Classics series, and has brought some extraordinary writers from Australia and New Zealand to domestic and international attention—writers including Elizabeth Harrower, Kenneth Cook, Kenneth Mackenzie, David Ballantyne, Amy Witting and Madeleine St John.

Text is publishing their 100th Text Classic in September: once again it’s another long out-of-print and forgotten novel, The Dyehouse by Mena Calthorpe, first published in 1961. Fiona McFarlane has penned a wonderful introduction.

Join Gleebooks to celebrate this milestone with a panel of great Australian authors including Fiona McFarlane, David Malouf, and Text publisher Michael Heyward. 

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Graeme Simsion at South Perth Library
Graeme Simsion

South Perth Libraries and Dymocks Garden City present Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, in conversation with Natasha Lesterauthor.

Graeme will discuss his new novel The Best Of Adam Sharp; a story of a love affair rekindled after 22 years, set in Melbourne, Norwich and a French village. Adam Sharp is about love, music and coming to terms with the past.

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.

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Graeme Simsion at SA Writers Centre
Graeme Simsion

Join Graeme Simsion in the gorgeous atrium space at the SA Writers Centre for an evening of love, life and laughter as he discusses his brand new novel, The Best of Adam Sharp.

South Australian author Victoria Purman will open for Graeme. 

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.

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Text Classics at Cinema Nova
The Dyehouse

A special event hosted by Readings Carlton, Text Publisher Michael Heyward will chair a panel discussion about the depth and breadth of Australian and New Zealand literary heritage.

In the space of four years, Text Publishing has released 100 Text Classics, most of them previously long out of print. This series has brought numerous extraordinary writers from Australia and New Zealand to domestic and international attention, including Elizabeth Harrower, Kenneth Cook, David Ballantyne, Amy Witting and Madeleine St John.

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Peter Mares at the Wheeler Centre
Peter Mares

Hosted by Santilla Chingaipe, author of Not Quite Australian Peter Mares will appear alongside Kristina Kukolja to discuss the growing phenomenon of temporary migration in Australia. Right now, there are more than one million temporary migrants living on our shores. The pair will discuss how the lack, or loss, of citizenship affects the fabric of our nation. 

Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher. He is a contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story and a senior moderator with The Cranlana Programme. Peter was a broadcaster with the ABC for twenty-five years, serving as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi and presenting national radio programs. He is the author of the award-winning book Borderline: Australia’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa and has written about migration for many media outlets including the AgeAustralian Financial Review and Griffith Review. Peter lives in Melbourne with his wife and son.

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