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Mark Brandi Author Encounters

Mark Brandi - The Rip


The Rip is an urban crime novel following a hidden trio of drifters and addicts in inner city Melbourne. Author Mark Brandi’s inspiration came from his intimate knowledge of Richmond, where in 2017 heroin overdose deaths reached a 17-year high, with 34 of those deaths occurring in a four-block area. While faced with enormously challenging circumstances, both main characters are portrayed with respect and dignity, and not as passive victims of circumstance. Mark is a rising star of Australian literature. His first novel Wimmera won the  coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards.

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Author Encounters

Connecting With Your Kids - Building Resilient Children

Join this fun and interactive workshop for parents and carers where Andy McNeilly will provide strategies for achieving greater connection with your children. Andy will present ideas to help build more resilient children, build stronger family relationships and improve your self-confidence in communicating with your children so they can be happier, more secure and move forward academically.

Thursday, 6 June 2019 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Leopold Library

Author Encounters Robert Gott Author Photo

Robert Gott - The Autumn Murders

Presented in conjunction with the Queenscliff Low Light Festival

The Autumn Murders is the third novel in the ‘Murders’ series of historical crime novels set in Melbourne in 1944. The localized prejudices, National Socialist sympathisers and sectarian tensions are eerily familiar. Robert Gott is the award winning author of 97 books both fiction and non-fiction. He will be discussing historical fiction and its timelessness with fellow author Jock Serong.

Sunday, 9 June 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Queenscliff Uniting Church

Author Encounters Heather Sheard and Ruth Lee - Women to the Front Book cover image


This book explores the stories of the Australian women who served as surgeons, pathologists, anaesthetists and medical officers between 1914 and 1919. Despite saving hundreds of lives, their experiences have been almost totally absent from official military records - until now. Prolific historian Heather Sheard is a Melbourne-based retired teacher and school principal and Dr Ruth Lee is a local Geelong author well known for the biography Woman War Doctor: The Life of Mary De Garis.

Thursday, 13 June 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters Photo of Armando Lucas Correa sitting at a desk


Inspired by one of the most shocking atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II, the 1944 massacre of the inhabitants of a village in the south of France, The Daughter's Tale is a beautifully crafted family saga of love, survival and hope against all odds. Cuban-born, New York City-based Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor and author of the international bestseller The German Girl, which is now being published in thirteen languages.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters Sarah Hopkins - The Subjects image of Book Cover


The Subjects is an eerie depiction of the over-criminalisation and overmedicalisation of young people in the juvenile justice system. This is the breakout literary novel of established author and Sydney-based criminal lawyer Sarah Hopkins, author of The Crimes of Billy Fish, Speak to Me, and This Picture of You.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters Tony Birch - The White Girl (image of book cover)


In acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week 2019, Tony Birch joins us to discuss his latest novel The White Girl which shines a spotlight on the 1960s and a devastating government policy. Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. When a new policeman arrives in town, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves. Tony Birch is the acclaimed author of Ghost River which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and Blood which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre