AUTHOR EVENT CALENDAR


AUTHOR TALK: WALKING TOAWRDS THUNDER BY PETER FOX

TORONTO LIBRARY: THURSDAY 24TH OCTOBER, 5.30PM
presented by Lake Macquarie Libraries
RSVP essential - book online here.

RAYMOND TERRACE LIBRARY: THURSDAY 31ST OCTOBER, 10.30AM
presented by Port Stephens Libraries
RSVP essential - call Raymond Terrace Library 4988 0111

Join us as we hear the incredible story of former police officer Peter Fox and his decision to become a whistle blower about victims of abuse within the church. A police officer with 36 years' service in the Hunter region, he rose to national prominence in 2012 for his major role in speaking out for victims.  His decision helped trigger Prime Minister Julia Gillard's historic decision to establish a far-reaching Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children in institutions.  

Peter's dedication and focus cost him his career and his health.  But the victims and the families that he supported consider him their champion.  His book 'Walking Towards Thunder' is confronting, inspiring and an unforgettable story. 


BOOK LAUNCH: FINDING THE HEART OF THE NATION BY THOMAS MAYOR
THURSDAY 31ST OCTOBER, 5.00PM - 8.00PM
HARBOUR VIEW FUNCTION CENTRE

We would like to invite you to the launch of FINDING THE HEART OF THE NATION. 

'If Australia were a child, she would be traumatised by a past that she is told to forget. She has witnessed her custodians being murdered and raped, scattered to the margins of society. She suffers for what she has seen. She cannot forget. Her heart beat is fading.

On 26 May 2017, a historic moment at Uluru gave this country hope. Those custodians came together, reached into their own hearts, and gifted us with a roadmap to find the heart of the nation - The Uluru Statement from the Heart. When you read this book, you will be feeling the pulse of this beautiful country, Australia. Finding the Heart of the Nation is a book full of stories about extraordinary people who will take you on an unforgettable journey to a place where we can start a new beginning. This book is a call to action that you will never forget.' – Thomas Mayor, 2019

This is a book for all Australians.

RSVP to cherie.simone@mua.org.au


 

AUTHOR TALK: AN EVENING WITH TONY JONES
FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER, 7.30PM
CIVIC PLAYHOUSE

Newcastle Writers Festival is hosting a special event with Q&A host Tony Jones before he relocates to China at the end of the year. He'll speak to festival director Rosemarie Milsom about his new political thriller In Darkness Visible, which blurs the lines between fiction and political reality.

Book here

This event is presented by the Newcastle Writers Festival.


BOOK LAUNCH: MAYFIELD GIRL BY JEAN SHARP
SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER, 4.00PM - 6.00PM
MACLEAN'S BOOKSELLERS - 69 BEAUMONT STREET, HAMILTON

Join us for the book launch of Mayfield Girl, a memoir of Newcastle and Country NSW by Jean Sharp, edited by Stephen Wallace. 

Jean recalls in remarkable detail the big and small events of Australian 20th century life: her school years during World War I, the growth of Mayfield and Newcastle, domestic life in the early 20th century, her training and work as a midwife in the slums of Sydney and country NSW, life in the country towns of Warialda and Moree in northern NSW during World War II, and her unhappy marriage and bringing up four children. But also, Mayfield Girl is Jean’s brave and honest account of her personal battle with a family secret which, when revealed, devastated her life for years to come.

To learn more and book see here


AUTHOR TALK: KHAKI TOWN BY JUDY NUNN
TUESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER, 6.00PM
NEWCASTLE CITY HALL

Judy Nunn’s career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided to turn her hand to prose. She became an instant bestselling author, and the rest is history, quite literally. 

Khaki Town, is Judy’s exciting new novel. The story is inspired by a true WWII story that has remained a well-kept secret for over seventy years.  

Event is free, but booking is essential. Book online here.

This event is presented by Newcastle Regional Libraries.


AUTHOR TALK: JUST ONE WISH BY RACHAEL JOHNS
THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER, 11.00AM - 12.00PM
NEWCASTLE LIBRARY

From bestselling, ABIA award-winning author Rachael Johns comes an engrossing and wise novel about ambition, choices and what it means to be a woman. Alice has always been a trailblazer as a scientist, activist and mother. She knew her choices would involve sacrifices, but now, on the eve of her eightieth birthday, she's beginning to wonder if she's sacrificed too much.

Just One Wish is the story of three women, three secrets and one life-changing journey.

Event is free but bookings are essential. Book here.

This event is presented by Newcastle Regional Libraries.


 

AUTHOR TALK: CILKA'S JOURNEY BY HEATHER MORRIS
THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER, 1.00PM - 2.00PM
CHARLESTOWN LIBRARY

Best-selling author Heather Morris introduces the sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Cilka’s Journey centres on Cilka Klein, the teenage girl who saved the tattooist of Auschwitz, Lale Sokolov’s life. Sokolov told Heather that Cilka was ‘the bravest person’ he ever met. ‘Not the bravest girl,’ he insisted, ‘the bravest person.’ Cilka’s journey is heart-breaking, but also a story of incredible courage, passion and the triumph of human spirit. Cilka daily confronted death and faced terror. Incredibly, she also found love and incredibly long life.

Heather Morris met Lale Sokolov in 2003, a meeting that changed both their lives. As their friendship grew, he entrusted her with the task of telling the world the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust. Cilka's story was discovered through his story.

RSVP Essential. Register here.  

This event is presented by Lake Macquarie Libraries.


BOOK LAUNCH: THE THING ABOUT OLIVER BY DEBORAH KELLY
SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER, 10.00AM - 11.00AM
BELMONT LIBRARY

Join Deborah Kelly to celebrate the launch of her latest book The Thing About Oliver. Test your Great Barrier reef knowledge at trivia, discover underwater worlds and sea creatures through VR or snap a selfie at the photo booth. Enjoy a sea themed cupcakes for morning tea. Suitable for ages 9-13yrs. 

Event is free. Register here.

This event is presented by Lake Macquarie Libraries. 


MEET THE AUTHOR: THE ACCIDENTAL TOUR GUIDE BY MARY MOODY
TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 11.00AM  - 12.00PM
BELMONT LIBRARY 

Hear about the powerful new memoir from a women who has openly and honestly pushed the boundaries on all that life has to offer. The Accidental Tour Guide is the moving story about Mary Moody's devastating loss of her husband of 42 years, and the combination of her love for travel and gardening to help rebuild her life. Books will be available to purchase and get signed.

Event is free. Register here.

This event is presented by Lake Macquarie Libraries. 


 BOOK LAUNCH: THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR
SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER, 4.00PM - 6.00PM
MACLEAN'S BOOKSELLERS - 69 Beaumont street, Hamilton

Join MacLean's Booksellers as we launch local author and poet, Jenny Blackford's new children's novel, The Girl in the Mirror. The girls at Maddy’s new school look through her as if she is invisible, and say mean things behind her back. The only person who has tried to talk to her is Gareth, who is new too and is good at maths. Talking to him would mean social death! But then strange, spooky things start happening in the old inner-city terrace that Maddy’s family has moved into...

RSVP recommended. Register here.