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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.

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Jamila Rizvi - Not Just Lucky

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. She is also the former Editor-in-Chief of the Mamamia Women’s Network websites.  Jamila will discuss her new book, Not Just Lucky  and talk about the need for women to ditch the doubt and fight for success and use courage to lift other women up and fight for equality in the workplace for all. She offers a toolkit for women to thrive in the workplace.


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

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

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

Author Encounters

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

Author Encounters

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

Author Encounters

Lia Hills – The Crying Place

The Crying Place has been described as a haunting, luminous novel about love, country and the ways we grieve. Join critically-acclaimed poet, novelist and translator, Lia Hills, in conversation with Maria Takolander, as they explore the fascinating research undertaken and her experiences in remote communities while writing the book.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre