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Things that go bump in the night!

‘PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND FLY?’ That’s the message from The Witches Council, which has been alarmed at the number of crashes experienced by delegates en route to the Witches and Warlocks Convention this year. Air traffic has been particularly heavy and you are reminded that there are muggles about wearing disguises, as well as a great number of inexperienced flyers from Hogwarts this year. Once again, The Council warns practitioners that those using muggles as targets in order to try out their new wands will be severely dealt with. (Photo ‘Witch Crash’ courtesy of Lilla Frerichs)

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This page is devoted to events and activities of interest to writers, illustrators and readers! Go to entries below the quick list for more detailed information.  

  • HARRY BOSCH FANS will crawl over hot coals to attend this one, so book in early at Riverbend Books for a session with #1 New York Times bestselling author MICHAEL CONNELLY, who will be in Brisbane to speak about his new book The Night Fire. NOTE: This event will be held in the Michael Zeuschner Hall at the Bulimba State School, Bulimba (not at Riverbend Books), on Sunday, 3 November 2019 at 5.00 p.m.
  • Join scientist, cancer survivor and author AMANDA NIEHAUS as she discusses the writing of her first novel, The Breeding Season, science and scientists in fiction, and the importance of having your cake and eating it too. Meet Amanda at the Chermside Library on Monday, 4 November 2019.
  • Award-winning journalist, author and columnist, FRANCES WHITING, will be in conversation with DAME QUENTIN BRYCE to talk about her new, warm-hearted novel, The Best Kind of Beautiful. NOTE: Book through Riverbend Books, but attend the event at the Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, Brisbane, on Monday, 4 November 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • THIS IS THE ONLY BAKING BOOK YOU'LL NEED THIS CHRISTMAS! Prepare for a delicious night with treats to taste. CHARLOTTE REE is a baker of extraordinary talent and has an impressive online following. Her new book Just Desserts showcases 30 of Charlotte's most popular and delicious cake, biscuit, slice and dessert recipes. Take your sweet tooth to Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join bestselling, ABIA award-winning author RACHAEL JOHNS as she discusses her engrossing and wise novel, Just One Wish – about ambition, choices, and what it means to be a woman. Three women, three secrets, one life-changing journey. What does it all mean? Take your curiosity to the Indooroopilly Library on Wednesday, 6 November, and the Chermside Library on Thursday, 7 November 2019.
  • To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-release of Stasiland, hear from the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award recipient ANNA FUNDER at SLQ. Stasiland won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and has been published in 25 countries and 20 languages. This Talking Ideas event will be held in Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, on Saturday, 9 November 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR MICHAEL CONNELLY

Date and time: Sunday, 3 November 2019 at 5.00 p.m.

Venue: NOTE: This event will be held in the Michael Zeuschner Hall at the Bulimba State School, Bulimba, Brisbane.

Ticket price: $15.00 ticket only. Ticket and book $30. Phone: (07) 3899 8555, email info@riverbendbooks.com.au or go online at http://riverbendbooks.com.au and click on Events to book your place(s). PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events; your name will be on a list at the door, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: HARRY BOSCH and LAPD Detective Renée Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch’s mentor, the man who trained him – it’s the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author MICHAEL CONNELLY, who will be in Brisbane to speak about his latest book The Night Fire. Harry Bosch fans will crawl over hot coals to attend this one, so book in early.

What’s the story? Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective he had an inspiring mentor, John Jack Thompson, who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now John Jack is dead and Harry inherits a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before – the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals.

Bosch brings the murder book to Renée Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson’s fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point. The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigative team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR AMANDA NIEHAUS

Date and time: Monday, 4 November 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Chermside Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Chermside Library on (07) 3403 7200 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join scientist, cancer survivor and author AMANDA NIEHAUS as she discusses the writing of her first novel, The Breeding Season, science and scientists in fiction and the importance of having your cake and eating it, too. An astounding debut novel that forensically and poetically explores the intersections of art and science, sex and death, and the heartbreaking complexity of love.

What’s the story? The rains come to Brisbane just as Elise and Dan descend into grief. Elise, a scientist, believes that isolation and punishing fieldwork will heal her pain. Her husband Dan, a writer, questions the truths of his life, and looks to art for answers. Worlds apart, Elise and Dan must find a way to forgive themselves and each other before it’s too late. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Amanda to sign.

 

The Event: HEAR AUTHOR FRANCES WHITING IN CONVERSATION WITH DAME QUENTIN BRYCE

Date and time: Monday, 4 November 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: NOTE: This event is not to be held at Riverbend, but at the Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hil lCollege, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, Brisbane.

Ticket price: $15.00 ticket only. Ticket and book $40. Phone: (07) 3899 8555, email info@riverbendbooks.com.au or go online at http://riverbendbooks.com.au and click on Events to book your place(s). PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events; your name will be on a list at the door, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: Award-winning journalist, author and columnist, FRANCES WHITING, will be in conversation with DAME QUENTIN BRYCE to talk about her new, warm-hearted novel, The Best Kind of Beautiful. From the author of Walking on Trampolines, comes a story of music, grief, relationships, gardens, love, laughter and family.

What’s the story? Florence Saint Claire is a loner. Albert Flowers is a social butterfly. Good friends who think they know each other. But, somewhere between who they are and who people think they are, lies The Best Kind of Beautiful. Frances brings her renowned warmth and empathy to this witty and gentle novel about bringing out the best in each other.

 

The Event: MEET AVID BAKER AND RECIPE DEVELOPER CHARLOTTE REE

Date and time: Tuesday, 5 November 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba Queensland 4171.

Ticket price: $8.00 ticket only. Ticket and book $35. Phone: (07) 3899 8555, email info@riverbendbooks.com.au or go online at http://riverbendbooks.com.au and click on Events to book your place(s). PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events; your name will be on a list at the door, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: THIS IS THE ONLY BAKING BOOK YOU'LL NEED THIS CHRISTMAS! Prepare for a delicious night with treats to taste. CHARLOTTE REE is a baker of extraordinary talent. Her new book Just Desserts showcases 30 of Charlotte's most popular and delicious cake, biscuit, slice and dessert recipes in one outrageously gorgeous little package. There are essentials, such as chocolate brownies, shortbread caramel slice and chocolate-chip cookies, through to show-stoppers, such as layered berry pavlova and chocolate ganache & blackberry bundt.

Charlotte is an avid baker and recipe developer with an impressive online following. She develops recipes and content for brands such as Marimekko, Kenwood and Williams-Sonoma. When she isn't baking, Charlotte is usually travelling for her day job as communications manager for a book publisher. Charlotte believes strongly in scratch baking, going back to basics with the classic flavours and techniques that our grandparents perfected. Just Desserts is the ideal gift for the baker and sweet-lover in your life – particularly if that's YOU!

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR RACHAEL JOHNS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Rachael Johns’: Wednesday, 6 November 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Indooroopilly Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0009); Thursday, 7 November 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200.

Ticket price: FREE but bookings are required at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.

What’s happening: Join bestselling, ABIA award-winning author RACHAEL JOHNS as she discusses her engrossing and wise novel, Just One Wish, which is about ambition, choices and what it means to be a woman. Three women, three secrets, one life-changing journey.

What’s the story? Alice has always been a trailblazer as a scientist, activist and mother. She knew her choices would involve sacrifices, but now, on the eve of her eightieth birthday, she’s beginning to wonder if she’s sacrificed too much. Alice’s daughter Sappho rebelled against her unconventional upbringing, choosing to marry young and embrace life as a homemaker, but her status as a domestic goddess has recently taken a surprising turn.

Ged has always been the peacemaker between grandmother and mother. A tenacious journalist, she knows what she wants in life and love, yet when everything in her world starts falling apart, she begins to question whether she really knows anyone at all.

At a crossroads in each of their lives, Alice, Sappho, and Ged embark on a celebratory trip together, but instead of bringing them closer, the holiday sparks life-changing consequences and lifts the lid on a fifty-year secret. Can Ged rescue her family if their story is built on betrayal? Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Rachael to sign.

 

The Event: TALKING IDEAS– LOOKING BACK AT STASILAND WITH ANNA FUNDER

Date and time: Saturday, 9 November 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.

Venue: Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: Bookings essential. Tickets $32–$37. Ticket and book $53–$58. Talking Ideas entertains, inspires and fosters debate; addressing issues that inform our times and shape our lives. Go to Talking Ideas events to book your place(s) and to find out about upcoming events. If you have any questions, contact the event organiser at slqevents@slq.qld.gov.au.

What’s happening: To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-release of Stasiland, join an enthusiastic audience to hear from the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award recipient ANNA FUNDER. Stasiland won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and has been published in 25 countries and 20 languages. This now classic work is a definitive account of tyranny and resistance in the former East Germany.

Stasiland demonstrates that great, original reporting is still possible… A heartbreaking, beautifully written book. A classic for sure.’ – Claire Tomalin, The Guardian (UK). The Library Shop will have Stasiland available for purchase at the event, and you are invited to meet Anna post-event to have your book signed.

 

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BLOOD, FRET AND FEARS! Voting for the Commonwealth Government in 2019 was unnerving – just when you thought you were safe, the dead kept rising and the ghosts kept walking (one of the walking dead was booted into purgatory – but watch this space). Intrepid reporter and social commentator at large, MUNGO MACCALLUM, commented on ScoMo travelling to the US to meet the other zombie, thusly: ‘Scott Morrison goes to Washington… We cringed back in 1966 when Harold Holt declared on our behalf: “We will be all the way with LBJ.” In 2019 we await a similar promise: “We will go up the rump of Donald Trump.” Trump responded by dubbing Morrison a man of titanium; as trivia buffs would know, the principal use of titanium is the manufacture of white paint, make of that what you may. No expense was spared: a rent-a-crowd was enlisted with free flags handed out for the customers to wave, and there was a 19-gun-salute, all of which unfortunately missed.’ And the nightmare continues! Resurrect more of Mungo’s article at https://johnmendadue.com/mungo-maccallum-morrison-joins-the-conga-line. (Photo by L.J. May)