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HALLOWEEN IS COMING AND VAMPIRES ARE ABROAD! Avoid all imitations. For those vampires who have not yet received their copy of ‘Bloody Minded’, the theme for 2019 is ‘Fangs for the Mammaries’, and do check out our special cooking supplement on blood curdling. (Photo ‘Halloween Vampire’ courtesy of George Hodan)

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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.  

  • Join ELLIOT PERLMAN, the award-winning author of Three Dollars and Seven Types of Ambiguity, as he discusses his latest book Maybe the Horse Will Talk, at the Brisbane Square Library, on Friday, 11 October 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • When KIM HODGES’ psychologist suggests she has depression, she immediately recoils from the idea. She is a mother, a wife, an academic – a functional human being! But it is the only diagnosis that explains the way she feels. Join Kim to discuss her latest book Girl Over the Edge, at the Carina Library on Saturday, 12 October at 11.30 a.m., and the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday 12 October 2019 at 2.30 p.m.
  • One dog. One cat. One very tidy apartment. What could go wrong? You’ll find out when JONATHAN BENTLEY reads from his hilarious new picture book CAT AND DOG. Kids are encouraged to join these two loveable and incorrigibly mischievous pets as they team up to break out, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Saturday, 12 October 2019 at 3.30 p.m. 
  • Speakers, writers and writers’ groups will meet to share their knowledge at the 2019 WRITERS GROUP CONVENTION in Brisbane. There will be advice from well-known authors, networking, marketing tables, self-publishing tips, and an ‘Elevator Pitch’ competition to teach you how to pitch like a professional. Book in now for this event at the Grange Bowls & Community Club, 79 Sellheim Street, Grange, on Sunday, 13 October 2019 from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Doors open at 8.00 a.m. The Program starts at 8.45 a.m. sharp.
  • Ever wondered where the expression ‘You’ve got Buckley’s…’ came from? Join author, journalist and radio show host GARRY LINNELL as he shares his fascinating new book Buckley’s Chance, the astonishing story of William Buckley, at the Chermside Library on Monday, 14 October 2019 and the Sunnybank Hills Library on Wednesday, 16 October 2019.
  • SHELLEY ARGENT’s love for her gay son, as well as grit, determination and persistence, has helped to bring about some of the biggest human rights reforms in recent Australian history. Join Shelley and co-author and journalist LEANNE EDMISTONE to discuss their book Just a Mum, at the Wynnum Library on Tuesday, 15 October, Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 18 October and the Kenmore Library on Saturday, 19 October 2019.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR ELLIOT PERLMAN

Date and time: Friday, 11 October 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library. NOTE: Weekday parking after 4.30 p.m. is available at King George Square Car Park for $5.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join ELLIOT PERLMAN, the award-winning author of Three Dollars and Seven Types of Ambiguity, as he discusses his latest book Maybe the Horse Will Talk. What’s it about? Steve Maserov has problems. A one-time teacher, married to fellow teacher Eleanor, he has retrained and is now a second-year lawyer working at mega-firm Freely Savage Carter Blanche. Despite toiling around the clock to meet his budget, he’s in imminent danger of being downsized.

To make things worse, Eleanor, sick of single-parenting their two young children thanks to Stephen’s relentless work schedule, has asked him to move out. To keep the job he hates, pay the mortgage and salvage his marriage, he will have to do something strikingly daring, something he never thought himself capable of. But if he’s not careful, it might be the last job he ever has… Books will be available for purchase on the night, or bring your copy from home for Elliot to sign.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR AND ACADEMIC KIM HODGES

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Kim Hodges’: Saturday, 12 October 2019 from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at Carina Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1873); Saturday, 12 October 2019 from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166). NOTE: Weekend parking is available at King George Square Car Park for $5.

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

What’s happening: Raw, honest and confronting, join KIM HODGES as she discusses her latest book Girl Over the Edge. When Kim Hodges’ psychologist suggests she has depression, she immediately recoils from the idea. She is a mother, a wife, an academic – a functional human being! But it is the only diagnosis that explains the days she can barely lift her heavy limbs out of bed, the sick feeling that moves its way across her body and brain, the isolation, alcohol use, the colour that evaporated and left her world grey.

What follows is a five-year journey that involves six lengthy hospital stays, multiple trips to the Emergency Department, innumerable engagements with health professionals, and eventually, the ability for Kim to overcome the denial, shame and stigma she felt about mental illness and begin her road to recovery. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Kim to sign. 

 

The Event: JONATHAN BENTLEY STORYTIME – ONE DOG. ONE CAT.

Date and time: Saturday, 12 October 2019 at 3.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: $5.00. You will receive a $5.00 gift voucher with your booking and places are limited. Book for children only – parents and chaperones are free of charge. 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: One dog. One cat. One very tidy apartment. What could go wrong? Cat is grumpy, fashion-obsessed, and a bit of a snob. Dog is excitable, bold, and bursting with energy. What do they have in common? They both want to see the world! It’s time to come up with a grand escape plan… Kids are encouraged to join these two loveable and incorrigibly mischievous pets as they team up to break out. They’ll need brains. They’ll need bravery. And they’ll definitely need costumes. You’ll find out all about it when JONATHAN BENTLEY reads from his hilarious new picture book Cat and Dog.

 

The Event: 2019 WRITERS GROUP CONVENTION

Date and time: Sunday, 13 October 2019 from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Doors open at 8.00 a.m. The Program starts at 8.45 a.m. sharp.

Venue: Grange Bowls & Community Club, 79 Sellheim Street, Grange. Go to https://goo.gl/maps/n2JJUdG41vex9wwW6 for directions.

Ticket price: Adult $22.50 (come early – your ticket includes tea, coffee and biscuits, door prizes, plus a delicious morning tea). Buy your ticket now at https://www.ticketebo.com.au/wgc2019. For more information, go to https://writersgroupconvention.com.

What’s happening: Speakers, writers and writers’ groups will meet to share their knowledge at the 2019 WRITERS GROUP CONVENTION. All writers are invited to listen to inspiring ideas and advice from well-known authors T.M. CLARK, CARLETON CHINNER and SHERYL GWYTHER.

Enjoy meeting and chatting to like-minded writers in a friendly and casual atmosphere. The information-packed program has something for everyone. Visit the popular marketing tables where you can talk to published authors and browse through a selection of books. You are welcome to display your work too. Members of writers groups will be available to answer queries about joining a group.

Kick-start your new writing project and reignite your creative passion. Pick up self-publishing tips from Helen Goltz of Atlas Productions, and meet Kirsty, Simone, Jacki and Patrice from Brisbane Self Publishing Service. Author JANE SMITH will speak about her pathway to publication with Big Sky Publishing.

Why not enter the ‘Elevator Pitch’ competition online and learn how to pitch like a professional? You’ll receive tips in advance for a one-minute pitch and have the opportunity to pitch live at the convention! The best presentation will win a FREE manuscript assessment. Places for this competition are strictly limited – check it out at https://writersgroupconvention.com.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR GARRY LINNELL

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Garry Linnell’: Monday, 14 October 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Wednesday, 16 October 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Sunnybank Hills Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0571).

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

What’s happening: Ever wondered where the expression ‘You’ve got Buckley’s…’ came from? Join author, journalist and radio show host GARRY LINNELL as he shares his fascinating new book Buckley’s Chance. So, who was Buckley? He fought Napoleon’s army and survived. He was sent to the gallows and escaped the noose. Now he is in chains and on his way to the other side of the world. What happens next will become one of the most remarkable survival stories in history.

The 19th century has just begun. The world is at war. England, ruled by a mad king, is exiling thousands of criminals to an old land that has become its newest dumping ground. One of the prisoners is William Buckley, barely 21, a former soldier sentenced to life for stealing two small pieces of cloth. He’s a giant for his times, but it’s not just his towering frame that sets him apart. It’s his desire for freedom that will make his story so unique – a remarkable event in an era famous for outrageous acts of bravery and heroism.

On a moonlit night Buckley escapes and disappears into the Australian bush. Discovered and adopted by an aboriginal tribe who regard him as a ghost, he is initiated into their rich and complex culture. Given up for dead by his white captors, he will not be seen again for more than 30 years until he emerges one day… carrying a spear, dressed in animal skins and having completely forgotten the English language. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Garry to sign.

 

The Event: MEET SHELLEY ARGENT AND LEANNE EDMISTONE

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Shelley Argent and Leanne Edmistone’: Tuesday, 15 October 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199); Friday, 18 October 2019 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166); Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Kenmore Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0258). NOTE: Weekday parking after 4.30 p.m. is available at King George Square Car Park for $5.

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

What’s happening: When Australian Human Rights Commissioner Graham Innes AM described SHELLEY ARGENT as ‘just a mother from the suburbs’, he paid her the greatest compliment. But don’t let the diamonds and pearls fool you. Shelley’s love for her son, grit, determination and persistence has helped to bring about some of the biggest human rights reforms in recent Australian history.

When Shelley’s son, James, came out as a teenager in 1995, the only legal right he held in Queensland was the right to be gay without fear of arrest. Shelley knew James faced a lifetime of discrimination through no fault of his own; a situation untenable to her. She was determined her son would be considered equal.

Join Shelley, along with co-author and journalist LEANNE EDMISTONE as they discuss their book Just a Mum. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own copy from home for Shelley and Leanne to sign.

 

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THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY – SOME DEFINITIONS: ‘Idiot’: member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. ‘Love’: a temporary insanity curable by marriage. ‘Patience’: a minor form of despair disguised as a virtue. ‘Philosophy’: a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. ‘Religion’: a daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable. ‘Vote’: the instrument and symbol of a free man’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.’ (From ‘The Devil’s Dictionary’ by Ambrose Bierce – born 1842, mysteriously disappeared in Mexico c. 1913. Photo ‘Halloween’ courtesy of George Hodan)