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Chloe Shorten - Take Heart, A Story for Modern Stepfamilies


Chloe Shorten is a public affairs specialist, a mother to three children and married to Bill Shorten, the leader of the Federal Opposition. In her new book Chloe takes a close and considered look at modern Australian families and tells of her own quest to create a new normal. Honest, sincere and warm hearted, it is the story of the modern household and it broadens the idea of who qualifies as ‘a family’ in the 21st century.

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Jamila Rizvi - Not Just Lucky

Over the past five years, Jamila Rizvi has firmly established herself as the preeminent voice of young Australian women online. She is a columnist for News Limited, a presenter for Fox FM and a regular television commentator for shows including The Project and The Drum and is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Mamamia Women’s Network websites.
Join Jamila for this special in conversation event as she discusses her newly released book, Not Just Lucky.  She will provide insights into what women need to ditch the doubt and fight for success and how to use their courage and success to lift other women up, to start fighting for equality at work for all. Not Just Lucky is a practical toolkit that arms women with the tools they need to thrive in the workplace.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Melanie Joosten - Gravity Well

Award-winning author Melanie Joosten’s debut novel, The Berlin Syndrome, has recently been released as a feature film starring Teresa Palmer. Her long-awaited second novel, Gravity Well, has just been published. Melanie will discuss the journey from page to screen for her first book and explore the themes of her new release, a tender tale of friendship and family, both the family we are born to, and the family we choose.

Thursday, 22 June 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Kaye Baillie - Archie Appleby and the Terrible Case of the Creeps by Kaye Baillie

Come along and meet local author Kaye Baillie who will be speaking about her newly released junior book Archie Appleby and the Terrible Case of the Creeps. This fun mystery is about an over imaginative boy who finds himself stuck in a house along with a missing uncle, a scary aunt and a basement full of the creeps...has Archie's imagination run wild? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Torquay Library

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Chris Johnston and Rosie Jones – The Family

The Family is a powerful work of investigative journalism that reveals the legacy of a notorious cult, the apocalyptic group, The Family and their guru, Anne Hamilton-Byrne. Drawing on revelatory new research, including police files, diary entries, and interviews with survivors, senior journalist Chris Johnston and award-winning writer, director and editor Rosie Jones will discuss one of the most bizarre cults in modern history.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Dr Bernadette Brennan – A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important and most admired writers. Bernadette Brennan’s A Writing Life is the first full-length study of Garner’s forty years of work. Join the author and academic Dr Bernadette Brennan in conversation with Deakin University’s Maria Takolander as they discuss the books, journals and correspondence of one of Australia’s most beloved women of letters.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Brendan McAloon – Sharks Never Sleep

Brendan McAloon is a reformed journalist and television producer. He established Rip Curl’s Search TV series, co-produced Mick Fanning’s award-winning biopic surf film and was a television producer for professional surfing’s World Championship Tour. In his new book, Sharks Never Sleep, he shares the stories of scientists, conservationists and a host of eccentric characters. Settle in for some gripping first-hand shark encounters.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library