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ADAM ROZENBACHS – PARIS AND OTHER DISAPPOINTMENTS

Sick of going overseas and enjoying himself, comedian Adam Rozenbachs takes his father on the trip of a lifetime to Europe. For his dad, it was a chance to return to the place he hasn’t seen since fleeing post-war Germany as an immigrant. For Adam, it was a chance to repay his dad for everything he’d given him in life. As it turned out, after three weeks of travel, Adam decided not killing his dad was more than enough repayment.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters Photo of Lucy Treloar

LUCY TRELOAR – WOLFE ISLAND

Kitty Hawke, the last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay, has resigned herself to annihilation... Until one night her granddaughter rows ashore, desperate and begging for sanctuary. And when trouble comes following her granddaughter, no one is more surprised than Kitty to find she will fight to save her as fiercely as her name suggests. A richly imagined and mythic parable of home and kin that cements Lucy Treloar's place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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LEE KOFMAN – IMPERFECT

In a captivating mix of memoir and cultural critique, Dr Lee Kofman casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and what it’s like to live in a body that deviates from the norm. Dr Lee Kofman is a Russian-born Israeli-Australian author of five books, editor of two anthologies, writing teacher and mentor based in Melbourne.


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NINA KENWOOD – IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD

The romantic comedy of the year, this is the story of Natalie: unsure of herself in the summer between high school and university. This book is for anyone who’s ever hidden in the bathroom at a party, or cringed inwardly at something they’ve said. It Sounded Better in My Head is a YA release that will appeal to women everywhere - it’s for the awkward teen in all of us! Nina Kenwood is the marketing manager at Readings Bookshop in Melbourne. It Sounded Better in My Head won the 2018 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. This is her first book.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

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SARAH THORNTON – LAPSE

All it took was a momentary lapse to bring Clementine Jones’ world crashing down. Now she’s living like a hermit in small-town Katinga, coaching the local footy club. And others are starting to ask questions. Clem’s not the only one with a secret, and as tension builds, the dark violence just below the town’s surface threatens to erupt. Author Sarah Thornton gave up her successful law career to live on a 43-foot sailing catamaran, exploring the world and writing novels.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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JEN HUTCHISON – MOTHERLING: A WALK

Motherlingis a heart-wrenching and heart-warming examination of the nature of grief, loss and processing the many confronting notions of what 'gone' means to a mother who has lost her adult child. Jen Hutchinson walked with her son's ashes on the pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago in Spain as part of her commitment to coming to terms with her grief and finding herself and a future. This is a memoir of love, hope, grief and an 800 kilometre walk from unimaginable loss to peace of mind.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

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ELLIOT PERLMAN – MAYBE THE HORSE WILL TALK

Stephen Maserov has problems. To keep the job he hates, pay the mortgage and salvage his marriage, he will have to do something strikingly daring, something he never thought himself capable of. But if he’s not careful, it might be the last job he ever has. Warm, dramatic, and laugh-out-loud funny, with the narrative pull of a thriller, this is a love story and a reflection on contemporary marriage and friendship. Social novelist Elliot Perlman is a multi-award winning and national bestselling author.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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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 Japanis 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

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COMPILING AND PUBLISHING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Come and learn from Marie Goldsworthy, a keen family historian, who will encourage you to research and publish your family history and share some valuable tips from her own experiences. Presented in partnership with the Geelong Seniors Festival.All ages welcome.

Friday, 25 October 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Belmont Library

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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 ofThe Bay of ShadowsandCulua: 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