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STARGAZING LIVE 2018: ‘Space Gandalf’ GREG QUICKE, will show ABC reporter KUMI TAGUCHI the best sights in the night sky, including live views of Jupiter and Saturn, while utilising low-light camera technology to capture live video for viewers. In this picture, Kumi and Greg are finding directions using the Southern Cross and a drop to the horizon. (Photo of Kumi and Greg by L.J. May S/S)

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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.  

  • Does the news confuse you? Can you tell what’s true and what’s fake? Get savvy at the LIBRARY AND INFORMATION WEEK: NAVIGATING THE NEWS sessions at Mitchelton Library on Wednesday, 23 May, Hamilton Library on Thursday, 24 May and the Indooroopilly Library on Saturday, 26 May 2018.
  • Listen to JOSEPHA DIETRICH speak about her memoir, In Danger, her journey through life with breast cancer from inside the experience. In her book Josie also reflects on the literary works that inspired her. Hear Josepha at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • ERWIN CABUCOS’ short stories have been published in Australia, Singapore, the United States and the Philippines. Join Erwin to discuss his latest collection of short stories Does it Matter What the Dead Think, at the Fairfield Library on Thursday, 24 May and the Kenmore Library on Friday, 25 May 2018.
  • It’s been 110 years since the birth of Ian Fleming and at the IAN FLEMING’S DR NO – MOVIE AND LITERARY TEA, you can hear some fascinating details about the author and watch Sean Connery, Ursula Andress and Joseph Wiseman in the first ever Bond Classic British spy film. Head for the Carindale Library on Friday, 25 May 2018.
  • Join much-loved author JAMES MOLONEY as he discusses his new novel for adults, The Love that I Have, a powerful and heartbreaking story set in Germany during WWII. James will be at the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 25 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

 

The Event: LIBRARY AND INFORMATION WEEK: NAVIGATING THE NEWS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Navigating the News’: Wednesday, 23 May 2018 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Mitchelton Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7410); Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Hamilton Library (Phone: (07) 3403 1050); Saturday, 26 May 2018 from 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Indooroopilly Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0009).

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

What’s happening: In a world saturated with information, how to you tell real from fake, and find the information you need? This session will help you manage information overload and develop your own toolkit to manage information in a way that works for you.

 

The Event: MEET JOSEPHA DIETRICH

Date and time: Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 6.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: $8.00. 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.

What’s happening: When JOSEPHA DIETRICH was 21, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Four years after her mother’s death, Josepha was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease. She was only 35 and her high-needs baby son was not yet one-year-old.

As the daughter of a woman who had sought out alternatives to conventional medicine, Josie used her own knowledge and her mother’s experience to find solutions for herself. She later also used this experience to help her son rise up out of his profoundly autistic state.

Hear Josepha speak about her memoir, In Danger, her journey through life with breast cancer from inside the experience. In her book Josie reflects on the literary works that inspired her, from cancer literature to other medical memoirs, and works that helped her to explore disease and the human condition, and shed light on its darker aspects. This moving story delves deeply into how it feels when everything you love is in danger.

 

The Event: MEET SHORT STORY WRITER ERWIN CABUCOS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Erwin Cabucos’: Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Fairfield Library (Phone: (07) 3403 8615); Friday, 25 May 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Kenmore Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0258).

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

What’s happening: ERWIN CABUCOS’ short stories have been published in Australia, Singapore, the United States and the Philippines, in publications such as Salu-Salo: Anthology of Philippine-Australian Writings, Quarterly Literary Review (Singapore) and Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults (USA).  

Erwin’s latest collection of short stories Does it Matter What the Dead Think? (2016), explores themes of growing up, migration and family. Join Erwin as he discusses his work, his experiences as an author, and what it means to grow up Filipino in Australia. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own copy from home for Erwin to sign.

 

The Event: IAN FLEMING’S DR NO – MOVIE AND LITERARY TEA

Date and time: Friday, 25 May 2018 from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Carindale Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Carindale Library on (07) 3407 1490 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: It’s been 110 years since the birth of Ian Fleming and Carindale Library is hosting a literary event to celebrate. Hear some fascinating details about the author and the book and watch Sean Connery, Ursula Undress (sorry – that should read ‘Andress’) and Joseph Wiseman in the first ever Bond Classic British spy film DR NO (1962). The film runs for 111 minutes and is P.G. rated – settle in and enjoy. This film was the first of a series of 24 successful Bond films.

Although Dr No was the first of the Bond books to be adapted for film, it was in Casino Royale that the Bond character was first introduced. In Dr No, James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow British agent. Following the trail leads him to the underground base of the sinister Dr No, who is plotting to disrupt an American space launch with a radio beam weapon. This film introduces the criminal organisation SPECTRE, which would turn up in six subsequent films.

IAN FLEMING was born in London on 28 May 1908 and was educated at Eton College before studying languages in Europe. His first job was with the Reuters news agency, after which he worked briefly as a stockbroker. On the outbreak of the WWII he was appointed assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Godfrey, where he played a key part in British and Allied espionage operations.

The Bond books were written in Jamaica, a country Fleming loved and where he built his house ‘Goldeneye’. Many people don’t realise that Fleming’s story about a magical car, written in 1961 for his son, Caspar, went on to become the well-loved novel and film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming died of heart failure on 12 August 1964. Go to his website at: http://www.ianfleming.com for more about the man and his work.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR JAMES MOLONEY

Date and time: Friday, 25 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s). NOTE: Week day parking after 4.30 p.m. is available at the King George Square Car Park for $5.

What’s happening: Join much-loved author JAMES MOLONEY, one of Australia’s most respected and awarded children’s book authors, as he discusses his new novel for adults, The Love that I Have, a powerful and heartbreaking story set during WWII. Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister’s job in the mailroom of a large prison – but this is Germany in 1944 and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin.

Margot has no contact with the prisoners, but she does handle their mail, and when she is given a cigarette lighter and told to burn the letters she is horrified by the callous act she must carry out. This is especially painful for her since her brother was taken prisoner at Stalingrad and her family has had no letters from him. So Margot steals a few letters, intending to send them in secret, only to find herself drawn to their heart-rending words of hope, despair and love. Books will be available to purchase on the night, or you can bring your own copy from home for James to sign.

 

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STARGAZING LIVE 2018: Will we ever visit Proxima B? GLOSSARY: PROXIMA B. In August 2016, a new planet – Proxima B – was discovered orbiting the closest star to Earth’s solar system, Proxima Centauri. And even more excitingly, according to a team of international scientists, it’s believed this planet, which has a mass at least 1.3 times of earth, could have conditions to harbour life. Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf star (a star with lower mass than our sun) located four light-years from our solar system. For your interest, the star, which sits in the constellations of Centaurus between the two bright stars that point to the Southern Cross, is too faint to be seen with the unaided eye. (Photo of an artist’s impression of Proxima B and Glossary courtesy of Stargazing and the ABC)