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VAMPIRE FUNERAL FUN: Use the deceased’s tongue to lick a stamp.

THE SHADOW WATCHER. ‘I hated to be alone with a shadow, because at any moment I might see something that would crouch, and sink, and lie like a black pool, and then slowly draw itself into the shadow that was nearest. Often that shadow was my own. The thing came first at night, but afterwards there was no hour safe from it. I saw it at dawn and at noon, in the dusk and in the firelight, and always it crouched and sank, and was a pool that flowed into some shadow and became part of it.’ (From ‘The Shadow’ by E. Nesbit (1858–1924), best known as the author of ‘The Railway Children’. Photo 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.   

  • Just in time for Halloween, celebrate Bram Stoker’s 177th birthday, with a SPECIAL SCREENING OF BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, the 1992 movie adaptation of his classic 1897 novel. Check your neck, and book in at the Toowong Library on Saturday, 27 October 2018.
  • Join social researcher and bestselling author HUGH MACKAY as he explores the themes in his new book, Australia Reimagined, which shows how an unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Debate the point with him at the Garden City Library on Saturday, 27 October 2018.
  • Award-winning journalist GRANTLEE KIEZA discusses Australia’s greatest storyteller in his book Banjo, the landmark biography of the real Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson. Meet Grantlee at the Wynnum Library on Tuesday, 30 October, and the Ashgrove Library on Thursday, 1 November 2018.
  • BELINDA ALEXANDRA, bestselling author of White Gardenia and Wild Lavender, will talk about her new book The Invitation, which is set in Gilded Age New York at the turn of the 19th/20th century. Meet her at the Carindale Library on Tuesday, 30 October 2018.
  • Award winning author of The Dry and Force of Nature, JANE HARPER, will discuss her new novel The Lost Man, on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 6.30 p.m. at The Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne. Book through Riverbend Books, Bulimba.
  • Kids will be keen to meet award-winning CHILDREN’S AUTHOR KAREN FOXLEE as she talks about her big-hearted new novel about loving and letting go, Lenny’s Book of Everything. This session at the Carindale Library is ideal for children aged from 10–14, and will be held on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

 

The Event: MOVIE: BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (MA15+)

Date and time: Saturday, 27 October 2018 from 12.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Toowong Library. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Toowong Library on (07) 3403 2590 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Just in time for Halloween, celebrate Bram Stoker’s 177th birthday, with a SPECIAL SCREENING OF BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, the 1992 movie adaptation of his classic 1897 novel. Stoker’s story of damnation and redemption was a true chiller of the Victorian era, but most of the films based on it tended to ignore the subtleties of mystery and morality in favour of a schlock horror portrayal. This version is more true to the book and stars Gary Oldman and Wynona Ryder. (128 min.)

 

The Event: MEET SOCIAL RESEARCHER AND BESTSELLING AUTHOR HUGH MACKAY

Date and time: Saturday, 27 October 2018 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Garden City Library. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Garden City Library on (07) 3403 7745 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join social researcher and bestselling author HUGH MACKAY as he explores the themes in his new book, Australia Reimagined. Drawing on 50 years' experience of listening to Australians talk about their lives and watching some big trends play out, Mackay shows how an unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society.

Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted.

Yet Mackay remains optimistic and determined to be part of the solution. He offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate, less anxious society and a call to action to everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better for us all. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Hugh to sign.

 

The Event: MEET AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR GRANTLEE KIEZA

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Grantlee Kieza’: Tuesday, 30 October 2018 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199); Thursday, 1 November 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Ashgrove Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1940).

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

What’s happening: In Banjo, the landmark biography of Australia’s greatest storyteller, award-winning journalist GRANTLEE KIEZA discusses the real Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson. Australia’s most celebrated poet and storyteller helped define our national traits of loyalty, mateship and laconic humour – but he did and was so much more. A soldier in the Boer War and WWI, the balladeer bushman was also a solicitor, newspaper editor, columnist, war and foreign correspondent and ABC broadcaster.

Banjo was close friends with many luminaries of his time, and the tennis ace, notorious ladies’ man, brilliant jockey and celebrated polo player, was an eye-witness to many of the great moments in Australian 20th century history. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your copy from home for Grantlee to sign.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR BELINDA ALEXANDRA

Date and time: Tuesday, 30 October 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Carindale Library. View on Google Maps

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: Join BELINDA ALEXANDRA, bestselling author of White Gardenia and Wild Lavender, as she discusses her new book The Invitation. Set in Gilded Age New York at the turn of the 20th century, The Invitation is a sumptuous novel exploring a fascinating period of American history. It is the story of two sisters who have been estranged for almost 20 years.

When Caroline invites her younger sister, Emma, to visit her in New York, Emma is intrigued. She leaves behind her bohemian Parisian lifestyle and is thrust into her sister’s lavish life of opulence. As Emma begins to question her sister’s true motives, a disaster strikes, and New York society is stripped bare. Beneath the glittering exterior lies a seething nest of deceit, betrayal, moral corruption – and perhaps even murder. Books will be available for purchase on the night, or bring your copy from home for Belinda to sign. 

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR JANE HARPER

Date and time: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: The Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne.

Ticket price: $16.00 for TICKET ONLY: $40 for BOOK AND TICKET DEAL.  Phone: (07) 3899 8555, email info@riverbendbooks.com.au or go online at http://riverbendbooks.com.au and FOR TICKET ONLY CLICK HERE – FOR BOOK AND TICKET DEAL CLICK HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events; your name will be on a list at the door, and there are no refunds or exchange on event tickets

What’s happening: Author JANE HARPER returns this October with a brand new book, The Lost Man. Three brothers, one death, a fence line stretching to the horizon. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland.

They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cam. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects...

For readers who loved The Dry and Force of Nature, Jane Harper has once again created a powerful story of suspense, set against a dazzling landscape. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK, and now lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter.

Jane’s first novel, The Dry, was an international bestseller, winning numerous top awards including the Australia Book Industry and Indie Book of the Year awards, the UK's CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Jane's novels, The Dry and Force of Nature, have been sold to 34 territories worldwide.

 

The Event: MEET CHILDREN’S AUTHOR KAREN FOXLEE – IDEAL FOR CHILDREN AGED FROM 10–14 YEARS

Date and time: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Venue: Carindale Library. View on Google Maps

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: Join award-winning CHILDREN’S AUTHOR KAREN FOXLEE as she talks about her big-hearted new novel about loving and letting go, Lenny’s Book of Everything.

Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing – and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their mother, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of the Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia.

Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world - beetles, birds, quasars, quartz – and dream about a life of freedom and adventure. But as Davey's health deteriorates, Lenny realises that some wonders can't be named. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Karen to sign.

 

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THE BODY SNATCHED. ‘The ghouls had come later than usual and they seemed more than usually eager to be gone. Fettes, sick with sleep, lighted them upstairs. He heard their grumbling Irish voices through a dream, and as they stripped the sack from their sad merchandise he leaned dozing, with his shoulder propped against the wall; he had to shake himself to find the men their money. As he did so, his eyes lighted on the dead face. He started; he took two steps nearer, with the candle raised. ‘God almighty!’ he cried. ‘That is Jane Galbraith!’ The men answered nothing, but they shuffled nearer the door. ‘I know her, I tell you,’ he continued. ‘She was alive and hearty yesterday. It’s impossible she can be dead; it’s impossible you should have got this body fairly.’ ‘Sure, sir, you’re mistaken entirely,’ said one of the men. But the other looked Fettes darkly in the eyes, and demanded the money on the spot.’ (From ‘The Body-snatcher’ by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894). Photo of a woodcut by L.J. May S/S)