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MELISSA JANE FERGUSON – THE SHINING WALL

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The Shining Wall is a literary science fiction/dystopian novel about a ruined world, where wealthy humans push health and longevity to extremes and surround themselves with a shining metal wall. Privilege and security is predicated on the services of cloned Neandertals, and the exploitation of women in the shanty towns and wastelands beyond the fortress city. Melissa Jane Ferguson is a local author who is also a biological scientist with an interest in exploring scientific possibilities and their social and personal consequences through fiction. This is her debut novel.

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JOHN URQUHART – MEET JAPAN

Behind its western façade, Japan is still very much a country of ongoing traditions, business forms and culture. Inspired by a selection of letters written between 1974-85, Meet Japan is a journey of enlightenment. This session will interest anyone who is planning to visit Japan, study Japanese or who is interested in better understanding this fascinating culture.

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Leopold Library

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CHRISTIAN WHITE – THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter and told from two female perspectives, nothing on this island is quite as it seems. Only when these two women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. World-renowned local author and screenwriter Christian White's first novel, The Nowhere Child, was shortlisted for numerous major awards and sold in 16 territories around the world, including a major movie screen deal.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

SAMANTHA WOOD – UNDER TEN THOUSAND STARS

Samantha Wood’s third book, Under Ten Thousand Stars, is a psychological thriller about secrets and love. Set in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, it’s the story of Julia Falconer, an artist married to a successful winemaker. From the outside, it looks like Julia and Michael have it all but things are never as they seem. Samantha Wood is the author of The Bay of Shadows and Culua: My Other Life in Mexico.

Monday, 28 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Corio Library

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VIKKI WAKEFIELD – THIS IS HOW WE CHANGE THE ENDING

Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He hangs out at the local youth centre and fills his notebooks with things he can’t say. But when some of his pages are stolen, and his words are graffitied at the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he? This is raw and real, funny and heartbreaking—a story about what it takes to fight back when you’re not a hero, from popular young adult author, Vikki Wakefield.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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ANNA KRIEN – ACT OF GRACE

The exhilarating debut novel from the award-winning author of Night Games. Australian soldier Toohey returns from Baghdad in 2003 with shrapnel in his neck, crippled by PTSD and white-knuckling life. In the Iraq of a decade earlier, aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son Uday, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Melbourne as the millennium turns, Robbie, faced with her father’s dementia and the family silences that may never find voice, tests boundaries. And in the present day, Gerry seeks toescape his father Toohey’s tyranny and heal its wounds. This is a searing, powerful and utterly original work by an exceptional Australian writer.

Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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JENNIFER KLOESTER – JANE AUSTEN’S GHOST

A love of Jane Austen led Jennifer Kloester to write her third novel, Jane Austen's Ghost: a modern tale with a Regency twist, which brings the famous author into our world in a story of magic and adventure. Written with humour and an eye for historical detail, this is fictional wish-fulfilment at its entertaining best. Author of the bestselling Georgette Heyer's Regency World and Georgette Heyer, Jennifer Kloester is now writing fiction and making the most of her love of all things Regency.

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