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Author Encounters

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

Author Encounters

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

Author Encounters

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

Author Encounters

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

Author Encounters

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

Author Encounters

JULIE EDMONDS – SARAH REMEMBERS

What is the treasure that Sarah found? Who else knows about it? And why is it so special? Sarah Remembers is a picture storybook by local author Julie Edmonds. She will share how she came to write the book and also talk about the journey to self-publishing. Julie has a Graduate Diploma in Children’s Literature and Sarah Remembers began as an assignment for her studies. The story is based on several generations of her family’s connection to Torquay and her childhood memories.

Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Queenscliff Library

Author Encounters

ROSS MCMULLIN – FAREWELL, DEAR PEOPLE

In commemoration of Remembrance Day 2019, award-winning historian and biographer Ross McMullin presents Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation. Highlighting the lives of ten Australians of outstanding potential who exemplify their nation’s lost generation of World War I, this collection of extended biographies brings to life these special but long-forgotten Australians for the first time. They include an internationally renowned medical scientist, an Antarctic explorer, a Rhodes Scholar, a barrister, a winemaker, a footballer, a rising Labor star and a popular farmer who inspired the filmGallipoli.Farewell, Dear Peoplehas been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and National Cultural Award.

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

Author Encounters

JUDY NUNN – KHAKI TOWN

Judy Nunn’s new bestseller is a breathtaking historical novel set in Queensland during World War II. It’s March 1942. Singapore has fallen. Darwin has been bombed. Australia is on the brink of being invaded by the Imperial Japanese Forces. And Val Callahan, publican of The Brown’s Hotel in Townsville, could not be happier as she contemplates the fortune she’s making from lonely, thirsty soldiers. After combining her successful international acting career with scriptwriting, Judy Nunn decided in the 1990s to turn her hand to prose, writing a number of subsequent bestsellers.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

The Perfect Puppy

Join illustrator Katrina Fisher for the launch of her debut picture book The Perfect Puppy created with author Alyce Hall. An easy-to-read, beautifully hand illustrated and heart warming story about looking different and finding your family. Puppy Logan's persistent yet humorous attempts to act like the other animals on the farm will fill children with laughter, love and hope. All ages.

Saturday, 23 November 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Leopold Library

Author Encounters

BOB MARMION – MURDER AT THE FORT

One cold morning in late May 1942, the bullet-ridden body of Driver Roy Willis was found on the side of the Wallington-Ocean Grove Road. He had been shot anumber of times with a military revolver. Three months later, the killer struck again. Gunner John Hulston’s body was eventually recovered and like Willis, he had been shot in the chest with a .455 calibre army revolver. As with any good murder mystery, this story has more twists and turns than the Great Ocean Road. Local author Bob Marmion uses his experience as a former police detective and military historian to unravel this cold case mystery.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ocean Grove Library