THE AVID READER READER’S FESTIVAL!

It’s that time again. The weather is perfect, the Jacarandas are beginning to blush and the call of an after-work riverside drink is growing to loud to ignore. This can only mean one thing… it’s festival season!

September sees the arrival of the Brisbane Writers Festival, the Queensland Poetry Festival and, in case you forgot what city you were in, The Brisbane Festival. While these events are all fantastic, there’s something else happening just down the road at West End, in a bookshop you (maybe) know and (hopefully) love…

You may know that Avid Reader has an extensive events program, but you may not know that this September we’ve set a new record. We have nearly 20 incredible events spread across the month (not counting our many bookclubs and book chats) and we want to make sure you know about it. To this end, we’d like to present to you the Avid Reader Reader’s Festival! Over the course of ARRF (editor’s note: does this sound too much like the sound a dog would make?) we are very proud to host our own little festival of writers, ideas and stories. We’ve got Australians of the Year, award-winning filmmakers, Miles Franklin shortlistees, and voices from all over the world!

We’ll run you through the first half of the month below, and next week we’ll look more closely at the second half of September (where some truly HUGE events lie in wait…).

 

September 1: Skin Deep / Under Cover double-launch!

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We’re starting the month off with a bang, launching two books on one night! The first, at 5.30pm, is Skin Deep, the thrilling, genre-bending novel from Brisbane’s own Gary Kemble.
Then, at 7pm, we launch Under Cover, the candid, insighful memoir from Craig Munro, one of Australia’s most respected book editors.

This will be truly a brilliant double-header!

Click the book covers to grab your tickets.

september 2: INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY MORNING TEA AND TALK

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Join us for a fundraiser for Indigenous Literacy Day in conjuction with Caxton Legal Centre.

There will be a display of Indigenous authors’ books and author Melissa Lucashenko will speak to us.

Come and help us raise funds that will buy books and other literacy resources for Indigenous communities around the country.

Register for free here.

SEPTEMBER 3: UNLOCKING YOUR CHILD’S GENIUS with andrew fuller

UNLOCKING YOUR CHILD'S GENIUSJoin Andrew Fuller (author of Tricky People and Tricky Kids) for this event that we think all parents will be interested in. All children have greater capacity and inner genius than either we or they realise. This book is about helping you to unlock that potential. It is designed to help you to parent intentionally so that your children can flourish and develop their own form of creative imaginative genius.

Book your tickets here.

 

 

 SEPTEMBER 4: gHADA KARMI’S MEMOIR OF EXILE

Return.inddGhada Karmi’s Return: a Palestinian Memoir, is an extraordinary true story of exile and the impossibility of finding home. After growing up in Britain following exile from Palestine in 1948, Karmi returns to her homeland in the hope of helping with the peace process and the possibility of a Palestinian state.

Beautifully written and deeply moving, Return is a passionate meditation on belonging. This will be an unforgettable evening.

Book your tickets here.

 

 SEPTEMBER 8: GAIL JONES IN-CONVERSATION WITH SARAH KANOWSKI

GUIDE TO BERLINA new novel from multi-award winning author Gail Jones (Five Bells) is always cause for celebration, but the chance to hear her speak about it is even better!

Sarah Kanowski from Radio National’s Books and Arts will  chat to Gail about her fascinating new novel A Guide to Berlin, her creative process and much, much more. This is a must for writers and fiction fans alike!

This event will also feature readings by Emerging Authors Jennifer Stephens, Steve Capelin and Sally Olds!

Book your tickets here.

 

SEPTEMBER 9: SHIRLEY BARRETT IN-CONVERSATION WITH FIONA STAGER

RUSH OHShirly Barrett is best-known as an award-winning screenwriter and director for films like Love Serenade, but with her debut novel Rush Oh! , Barrett proves just as adept a novel writer, spinning an extraordinary and fascinating tale around a real slice of Australian history, when, in 1908, a family of whalers formed a fond, unique allegiance with a pod of Killer whales – and in particular, a Killer whale named Tom.

This event will also feature readings by Emerging Authors Rachel Morgan and our own Michelle Law!

Book your tickets here.

 

SEPTEMBER 10: HELP YOUR STUDENTS NUDGE FOR SCHOOLS

NUDGEJoin Ian Mackie and Gary McLennan as they tell us how to help your students choose success with their book Nudge for Schools.

That’s right, success is a choice. Here are powerful ready-to-use tools that will support positive choices. Ian Mackie and Gary MacLennan have a lifetime of experience in education. Both have taught in a wide variety of settings in Australia and internationally. This book is written for you.

Book your tickets here.

 

 

September 11: INSPIRING STORIES OF ETHICAL LIVING with nick rose

FAIR FOODJoin editor Nick Rose and contributors for the Brisbane launch of Fair Food, the story of how food and farming in Australia are dramatically transforming at the grassroots to match the transition of our times: towards reconnection, towards healing – of the land, of each other.

In a time of bullying corporations, supermarket monopolies and environmental degradation, Fair Food offers compelling and inspiring stories of personal transformation from ‘ordinary’ people, showing us that we too can be powerful agents of change in this time of need.

Book your tickets here.

 september 14: DAVE BURTON’S HOW TO BE HAPPY

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Join the 2014 winner of The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, Brisbane’s own David Burton for the launch of How to Be Happy.

How to Be Happy tackles depression, friendship, sexual identity, suicide, academic pressure, love and adolescent confusion. It’s a brave and honest account of one young man’s search for a happy, true and meaningful life that will resonate with readers young and old.

Book your tickets here.

Wow, what a list of events. And that’s only the first half of September! Don’t forget you can subscribe to our events program online so you’ll never miss out! See you next week for The Avid Reader Reader’s Festival Part II!

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