Don’t miss this chance to meet and hear former journalist and writer Shokoofeh Azar discuss her novel 'The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree'. Forced to leave Iran with her family in 2011, she was accepted as a political refugee by Australia; Shokoofeh has made her home locally. Her extraordinarily powerful novel has been short-listed for this year’s Stella Prize and is set in Iran as a reimagining of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Written in the lyrical magical realism style of classical Persian storytelling.
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Set in colonial Australia, this is an epic historical adventure, starring a reclusive, secretive man and his determined adult daughter, and the voyage of the Moonbird which becomes their mission. Irresistible prose, unforgettable characters and magnificent, epic storytelling: The Burning Island delivers everything readers have come to expect from this author.
Jock Serong’s novels have received the Ned Kelly Award for First Fiction, the Colin Roderick Award and the inaugural Staunch Prize (UK). He lives with his family on Victoria’s far west coast.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
In a small town, everyone is watching ... this is a story of secrets, scandal and betrayal in 1950s small town Australia. Against the backdrop of the turbulent sea, the novel’s main character, postmistress Rebecca Wood, is soon caught up in the dangerous mysteries that lie behind the town’s respectable net curtains.
This intriguing mystery with its gothic undertones is the stunning new novel from international bestseller Belinda Alexandra, who has published no less than seven novels to wide acclaim in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and Australian father, and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth.
Belinda will appear in conversation with Geelong-based author, Sue Lawson.
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
A stunning new novel about longing, regret, redemption and the terrible legacy of decades of secrets buried in an Australian beachside suburb.
Acclaimed writer Malcolm Knox has written a classic Australian novel about the myths that come to define families and communities, and the lies that uphold them. Bluebird exposes the hollowness of the stories told to glorify a dying culture and shows how those who seek to preserve these myths end up being crushed by them.
Malcolm will be in conversation with author Charlotte Wood.
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
New York Times bestselling author of The Dry and former Geelong resident, Jane Harper, joins us to discuss her compelling new novel, The Survivors.
Protagonist Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...
Jane is one of this country’s most popular authors so book early to avoid missing out on this great event!
Jane will be chatting with Kate Mildenhall, author of the newly released novel The Mother Fault.
Thursday, 8 October 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm