BOOK WEEK STORYTIMES

We are holding a full week of pre-school storytimes to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2021. All sessions are free but to ensure we operate to COVID safe conditions, numbers are strictly capped so bookings are essential.
Click on the relevant links to book the sessions you would like to attend. If a session books out, a wait list will automatically open.


Saturday 21 August 11am
PATRICK GUEST

Author of six beloved children picture storybooks, local star author, Patrick Guest, will be reading The Dress-Up Box and Windows.


Monday 23 August 12pm
JANE GODWIN

Author of a whopping twenty-six picture story books and two middle-grade novels, Jane Godwin, will be reading her two new releases Mumma, Dadda, No, Mine, More! and Little One.


Tuesday 24 August 11am
JESS MCGEACHIN

Jess McGeachin will be reading their beautiful picture story books The Lost Library and Frankie and the Fossil.


Wednesday 25 August 11am
ANNA PIGNATARO

Anna Pignataro is a children’s author and illustrator who has created more than sixty books for children. She’ll be reading her new book Grandpa Loves Me and Florence and Fox (written by Zanni Louise & illustrated by Anna!).


Thursday 26 August 11am
JESS RACKLYEFT

Jess Racklyeft, writer and illustrator of over 20 picture story books, will be reading her titles Welcome Baby to this World and There’s Only One Friend Like You.


Friday 27 August 11am
ANDREA ROWE

Local author Andrea Rowe will be in-store to treat us to a story time of her extremely well-received debut picture story book Jetty Jumping and Alison Lester’s Magic Beach.


BOOK LAUNCH: The Monster of Her Age

The Monster of Her Age
DANIELLE BINKS

Sunday 8 August
3.30-4.30pm IN STORE

This event is FREE, but bookings are essential as places are limited.

 


Danielle Binks’ debut novel for middle grade, The Year the Maps Changed, was our most popular children’s book for 2020, so we are thrilled to help celebrate the launch of her new YA novel, The Monster of Her Age with an afternoon of rich conversation on the importance of young adult literature and Australian writing, a prize raffle, and a whole lot of mingling!

This event is free but bookings are essential. 

We will be operating according to COVID-safe regulations and as such all attendees will be required to check-in on arrival and follow any other requirements as applicable at the time (eg. mandatory masks). Please do not attend if you are unwell.


About the book…

How do you ruin someone’s childhood? You let them make-believe that they are a monster. But sooner or later, the mask must come off…
Ellie Marsden was born into the legendary Lovinger acting dynasty. Granddaughter of the infamous Lottie Lovinger, as a child Ellie shared the silver screen with Lottie in her one-and-only role playing the child monster in a cult horror movie. The experience left Ellie deeply traumatised and estranged from people she loved.
Now seventeen, Ellie has returned home to Hobart for the first time in years. Lottie is dying and Ellie wants to make peace with her before it’s too late. But forgiveness feels like playing make-believe, and memories are like ghosts.When a chance encounter with a young film buff leads her to a feminist horror film collective, Ellie meets Riya, a girl who she might be able to show her real self to, and at last come to understand her family’s legacy – and her own part in it.

The Monster of Her Age is a young adult coming-of-age story on love, loss, family, forgiveness and film. It’s about embracing the things that scare us, in order to be braver. 


About the author…

Danielle Binks is a writer, reviewer, agent and book blogger who lives on the Mornington Peninsula. She is a passionate advocate for Australian YA and middle-grade literature and young writers. The Monster of Her Age is her first solo YA novel. Prior to that, The Year the Maps Changed, Danielle’s debut middle-grade novel, was a CBCA Notable Book for Younger Readers 2021, longlisted for the ABIA Book of the Year Award for Younger Children 2021, shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2021 and longlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2021. Danielle also edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children and was shortlisted in the 2018 Gold Inky Awards.

AUTHOR EVENT: Crime Panel

Unfortunately this event has been POSTPONED due to the extension of the Snap Lockdown in Melbourne. We will endeavour to reschedule with our authors and hopefully announce a new date in due course.

Mark Brandi, Katherine Kovacic and Kyle Perry

WEDNESDAY 28 JULY
6.45pm – 8.30pm

TICKETS $30

Bookings essential as places limited

Three premier Australian writers – Mark Brandi, Katherine Kovacic & Kyle Perry – will be in-store for a panel-based discussion on what it’s like to write about crime, suspense and the dark, gritty side of life.

6.45pm arrival for a 7pm start. 

We will be operating according to COVID-safe regulations and as such all attendees will be required to check-in on arrival. Please do not attend if you are unwell.


About the authors…

Mark Brandi graduated with a criminal justice degree and worked extensively in the justice system, before changing direction and deciding to write. He has written three best-selling novels: Wimmera, which won the Debut Dagger (UK), the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for numerous prizes; The Rip, which was longlisted for Best Fiction at the Indie Book Awards and the Crime Writer’s Association Best Fiction award; and The Others, to be released in July 2021.


Katherine Kovacic is the author of five books. Her true crime novel, The Schoolgirl Strangler, was released in January 2021 and explores the murder of a young girl in the 1930s and the years of bungled investigations, the falsely accused men and the tragic deaths of two more girls, before the murderer was finally caught and brought to justice. Her new crime novel, Just Murdered: Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, will be released in August 2021 and is based on the niece of Kerry Greenwood’s famous Phryne Fisher, as seen on 7plus.


Kyle Perry is a drug and alcohol counsellor based in Hobart, Tasmania. He has grown up around the Tasmanian bush and seas, with the landscape a key feature of his writing and his spare time. 
His debut novel, The Bluffs, was shortlisted for Indie’s Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards’ General Fiction Book of the Year. His second novel, The Deep, will be released in July 2021 and is a heart-stopping new thriller set on the rugged coast of Tasmania about modern-day pirates, family bonds and betrayals, and the hidden dangers that lurk in the deep…

AUTHOR EVENT: Monica Dux with Jacinta Parsons

MONICA DUX

in conversation with Jacinta Parsons

WEDNESDAY 14 JULY
6.45pm – 8.30pm

TICKETS $10

Bookings essential as places are limited

We are delighted to welcome Monica Dux to discuss her explosive new memoir Lapsed, with fellow journalist and author, Jacinta Parsons

6.45pm arrival for a 7pm start. 

We will be operating according to COVID-safe regulations and as such all attendees will be required to check-in on arrival. Please do not attend if you are unwell.

Please note this event is now BOOKED OUT.  You may add your name to a wait list by clicking the blue button.  


About Monica Dux…

Monica Dux is a writer, commentator, and a columnist for The AgeShe was a founding board member of the Stella Prize, and the Feminist Writers Festival.

Her latest memoir Lapsed was released in April 2021, and is the story of one woman’s attempt to exorcise her religious upbringing. From devout ten-year-old performing the part of Jesus in a primary school play to blaspheming, undergraduate atheist, Monica Dux and her attitude to the Catholic Church changed profoundly over a decade. Eventually, she calmed down and was just ‘lapsed’. Then, on a family trip to Rome, her young daughter expressed a desire to be baptised. Monica found herself re-examining her own childhood and how Catholicism had shaped her. Was it really out of her system or was it in her blood for life? In Lapsed, Monica sets out to find the answer.

Monica is the author of three other books: Things I Didn’t Expect (When I was Expecting) (2013)co-author of The Great Feminist Denial (2008), and editor of the anthology Mothermorphosis (2015).

About Jacinta Parsons…

Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, radio maker, writer, and public speaker. She currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne delivering a popular mix of art, culture and ideas. Her first novel Unseen (September 2020) is a memoir of her living with Chrohn’s disease for over 20 years.