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VAMPIRE FUNERAL FUN: Tell the undertaker he can’t close the coffin until you find your contact lens.

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 2018 is ‘Fangs for the Mammaries’, and do check out our special cooking supplement on blood curdling. NOTE TO THE MEDIA: This vampire is available for interview; please contact Anne Rice, agent and publisher. (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.

  • Riverbend Books is proud to present an evening with author of the internationally best selling novel The Book Thief, MARKUS ZUSAK, who will talk about his new novel Bridge of Clayat the Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne, at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 21 November 2018.
  • Join PETER FITZSIMONS, Australia’s master storyteller, as he talks like a pirate and brings to life the dramatic story of Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian and history's most famous mutiny on HMS Bounty, with this theatrical storytelling event followed by a Q&A. Book in for this Talking Ideas session and sail into Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, on Thursday22 November 2018 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
  • Does your book or website need photographs to help you sell your wares? PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR BUSINESS offers hints, tips and tricks to create beautiful product photography to enhance your online store. To find out how you can do it, snap into the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

 

The Event: MEET MARKUS ZUSAK (AUTHOR OF THE BOOK THIEF) – BOOK AND TICKET – OR TICKET ONLY

Date and time: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Polding Theatre at Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne. 

Ticket price: Book early to claim your seat and hear all about one of the most highly anticipated books of the year! $40.00 – note that THIS TICKET COMES WITH A BOOK. $16 - FOR TICKET ONLY CLICK HERE. 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.

What’s happening: Riverbend Books is proud to present an evening with author of the internationally best selling novel The Book Thief, MARKUS ZUSAK, in conversation with KATHLEEN NOONAN, who will speak to him about his new novel, Bridge of Clay, a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.   

About the Book: The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy – their mother is dead, their father has fled – they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world. It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge for his family, for his past, and for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness – to survive. A miracle and nothing less.

MARKUS ZUSAK grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children. He is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which spent more than a decade on The New York Times bestseller list, and was translated into more than forty languages, thus establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. In 2014, Zusak received the American Library Association's Margaret Edwards Award, for his body of work ranging from The Underdog up to The Book Thief.

 

The Event: AN EVENING WITH PETER FITZSIMONS

Date and time: Thursday, 22 November 2018 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.

Venue: Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: $37–$42. Book now.

What’s happening: The Talking Ideas series sets out to entertain, inspire and foster debate, and address issues that inform our times and shape our lives. Join PETER FITZSIMONS, Australia’s master storyteller, as he brings to life the dramatic story of Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian and history's most famous mutiny on HMS Bounty, with this theatrical storytelling event followed by a Q&A.

Set in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, the mutiny on the Bounty is one of history's truly great stories – a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order, and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before. Expect inspired staging, theatrical storytelling and audience participation, delivered in Peter’s trademark style. 

We always thought Peter looked vaguely piratical with that red bandana he wears anyway, so it doesn’t surprise us that he has written this huge albeit strangely accessible book and, unlike a lot of writers, he takes to a stage like a duck to water (or Bligh in this case). The Library Shop will have a selection of books available for sale at this event.

 

The Event: PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Date and time: Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library. NOTE: Weekend parking is available at the 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: Does your book or website need photographs to help you sell your wares? Your products might be the most beautiful products in the world, but without the right photography, no one can see that! Good photography is essential for the success of any online business. This session offers hints, tips and tricks to create beautiful product photography to enhance your online store.

 

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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)