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Nick Toscano: The Woman Who Fooled the World: Belle Gibson's Cancer Con

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Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer.
In 2015, multi-award-winning journalists Nick Toscano and Beau Donelly uncovered the truth, that this hero of the wellness world, with over 200,000 followers, international book deals, and a best-selling smartphone app, was a fraud.  In this special evening event, Nick Toscano will discuss the book that arose from investigation that tracked the 23-year-old's rise to fame and fall from grace.

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Ann Blainey- King Of The Air: The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith

Award-winning biographer, Ann Blainey, has penned a revealing portrait of the brilliant and troubled figure Charles Kingsford Smith – a daredevil of the skies. Join her as she discusses the complicated, tumultuous life of a fascinating figure, who pursued his obsession to the greatest heights of fame and catastrophe.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Katherine Barnes - The Sabotage Diaries

Katherine Barnes is a prize-winning author whose book The Sabotage Diaries presents a first-person narrative reconstructed from the diaries, reports and letters of her father-in-law Cecil Edward (‘Tom’) Barnes. Tom was parachuted behind enemy lines in Greece in 1942 with a small, hand-picked band of Allied soldiers to carry out a secret mission for the Special Operations Executive. Tom, a civil engineer, led the demolition party that sabotaged the Gorgopotamos Railway Viaduct, thus blocking Rommel’s supply lines—an event still celebrated annually in Greece.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

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Fran Griffiths - Suspected Hippy: Travelling on a Wire

In 1974, and at only 19 years of age, author Frances Griffiths travelled on her own from Australia to India along a route known as the Hippy Trail. Join Frances as she discusses her journey.

Saturday, 12 January 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Waurn Ponds Library

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Michael Panckridge - Fiction Is Fun - Just For Kids!

Join local children’s author, Michael Panckridge, for an author talk to knock your socks off! He will have every child riveted with his enormous range of intriguing, humorous and highly entertaining stories. Join in his sports quiz and you may win a free book. Michael will have his books available for purchase and for signing. For ages 8-12 years.

Monday, 14 January 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Geelong West Library

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Justin D'Ath - 47 Degrees

Join YA author, Justin D’ath, in conversation as he discusses his latest book, 47 Degrees, a fast-paced and poignant novel of survival for young readers. Justin will examine his writing process and how he merged fact with fiction as he drew on his own experience of escaping the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. This session is suitable for an audiences 12+

Wednesday, 6 February 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Katherine Collette - The Helpline

The Helpline is a sharp, witty, big-hearted comedy from a hilarious new Australian writer, Katherine Collette. Join Katherine in conversation as she discusses the divisive nature of the office fridge and other themes of her new novel which is all about people power and brain power—and the difficulty of getting them to work together.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre