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Tuesday, 9 July, 2019

Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to Issue 42.

So many brilliant things happening in this issue.  Here's an excited ferret to colour in.

Thank you everyone for subscribing, and thank you doubly for signal boosting on social media feeds so we can get the word out about MG and YA events happening around town. What a brilliant community we have here!

As always, let me know if you have an event coming up that I can put in a future edition. Love Ebs

History for all ages with Bruce Pascoe

Time: Wed, July 10
Date: 2.30pm
Place: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton.

To acknowledge NAIDOC week, we are thrilled to have Bruce Pascoe joining us to discuss Young Dark Emu: A Truer History. This new edition of the bestselling Dark Emu has been adapted for young readers and, as with the original, offers a different version of Australia’s history before European colonisation.

Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family (all funds will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation) and bookings are essential.
Please click here.

The Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival.

50 events! Local, national and international guests.
Dates: July 12 - 28
Times: Various
Places: Geelong, Ballarat, Melbourne and others.

Program Guide here:

Book Launch - Stella The Unstoppable
Date: Wednesday, 17 July
Time: 4pm
Place: The Younger Sun Bookshop, 26 Murray St Yarraville.

Stella is just a teeny tiny bit obsessed with winning the Camp Cup this year. Who wouldn’t be? The winner gets a pizza party! Year Five camp only comes around once in a lifetime and it’s going to be awesome. Except … the campsite is on the edge of an old abandoned graveyard. And there’s a rumour that a kid called Spud Riley went to camp and never came back. AND she's on a Camp Cup team with Lizzie Lawless, and the thing you need to know about Lizzie Lawless is – oh. Never mind. You’ll see …

It’s going to be hectic. Yes. No. Really.

Details and bookings here:
The Phenomenon of True Crime Podcasts: Claire Halliday in conversation with Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

Date: Thursday 18 Jul 2019
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Place: Doncaster Library, MC Square, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.

Totally not middle grade topic, but YA Crime is delicious reading ... and this is something I'm interested in at any rate! Places filling fast!

All details here:
Book Launch The 117-Storey Treehouse
Presented by Readings Kids.

Date: Tuesday, 23 July
Time: 4.30pm
Place: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne.

Let the insanity commence.
All details here.
In Conversation with Abdi Aden

Date: Tuesday, 23 July
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Place: Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading

A story of teen triumph!
Abdi’s world fell apart when he was only fifteen, as Somalia’s vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and effectively becoming an orphan, he fled with some 60 others, and joined another 300 heading to Kenya. Abdi was just sixteen years old when he arrived in Melbourne. He had no English, no family or friends, no money, no home. Yet, against the odds, he not only survived, he thrived. Abdi went on to complete secondary education and later university. Come to Nunawading library to hear Abdi’s courageous story of resilience and optimism.

Date: Tuesday, 23 July
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Place: Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading

All details here:

The Readings Young Adult Prize

Established in 2016, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize recognises exciting emerging voices in Australian young adult literature.

Join us on 25 July to celebrate the 2019 shortlist and toast the latest winner with speeches and champagne.

Date: Thursday, 25 July
Time: 5.30pm
Place: Readings Kids, 315 Lygon St, Carlton.
Thu 25 Jul 2019 at 5:30pm 

The books on the 2019 shortlist are:

Previous winners of the prize include Erin Gough (Amelia Westlake, 2018) and Zana Fraillon (The Bone Sparrow, 2017).

This event is free, but please book here.

The Readers We Were
The Writers We Became

Time: Thursday 25 July
Date: 6.30pm
Place: Readings Hawthorn, 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn.

Together with Nova Weetman, Allayne Webster, Vikki Wakefield and Emily Gale, please join us for a lively discussion about what bores readers, and why? These extraordinary YA authors will discuss what drives their storytelling and what are the perceived barriers to reading/writing? Should young people be obtaining more questions than answers from a text? This event is suitable for all YA fans, all teachers, all librarians and all readers!

Free, but please book here.

Celebrating 50 years of Readings

Readings is celebrating our 50 year history in 2019. To honour the stories that have emerged from the books on our shelves, we are hosting 50 special events that illustrate passion, artistry and Australian literature. We hope you will join us.

Annual Harry Potter Party

Date: Wednesday, 31 July
Time: 4.30pm
Place: The Younger Sun, 26 Murray St, Yarraville.

Calling all Potterheads for a wonderful celebration of Harry Potter's Birthday! There will be cake and trivia and fun galore!

Be sure to dress up as we will be giving away prizes for best dressed!

This event is FREE but RSVPs are essential.

*this party is aimed at those aged 7-12, but all ages are welcome*

All details here:
August MG Book Club

Date: Tuesday, 6 August
Time: 4.30pm
Place: The Younger Sun, 26 Murray St, Yarraville.

For our August Middle Grade Book Club we will be reading The Little Wave by Pip Harry. Join us in the Younger Sun for snacks and chats!

When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves.

Noah is fearless in the surf. So where does his courage go when his best mate pushes him around?

Lottie loves collecting facts about bugs, but she doesn’t know what to do about her dad filling their lonely house with junk.

Jack wants to be a cricket star, but first he has to improve at school. Especially if he wants to see the ocean for the first time. 

Details and bookings here:

August YA Book Club

Date: Tuesday 6 August
Time: 6pm
Place: The Younger Sun, 26 Murray St, Yarraville.

For our August Young Adult Book Club we will be reading On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. Join us in the Younger Sun for pizza and chats!

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. It’s hard to get your come up, though, when you’re labelled ‘trouble’ at school and your fridge at home is empty after your mum loses her job. But Bri’s success is all that stands between her family and homelessness, so she doesn’t just want to make it – she has to. Even if it means becoming exactly what the public expects her to be.

Details and bookings here:

Term 3 Middle Grade Book Club. Lizard's Tale by Weng Wai Chan

Dates: Thursdays 8 August & 5 September
Fridays 9 August and 6 September
Time: 4.15- 5.15
Place: The Little Bookroom, 759 Nicholson St Carlton North.
Cost is $55 and includes the books featured in bookclub.
All details here:
Book Launch: A Brugel Fairytale Treasury

Date: Thursday, 22 August
Time: 6.30pm
Place: Readings Kids, 315 Lygon St, Carlton.

Yeah baby! I'm launching my next book and this one is crack-tacular. It's time to go Back (in time) to Brugel and enjoy their beautiful and sometimes baffling fairytales and far-fetched fables. There will be cake and Brugelwürst (but not mixed together) and a genuine Brugelish samovar. If it doesn't blow a fuse, is it really Brugelish? 

Proper Links to come soon, so here's the Facebook events page in the meantime.
Melbourne Book Market
Date: Sundays until 26 August.
Time: 10am - 4pm
Place: A Shed, Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne Book Market is a curated collection of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles selected and presented by 15 of Melbourne’s most experienced booksellers as well as authors, illustrators and book creators.
More info here: 
(and now I'm having ideas about getting a stall together with some fellow MG/YA writers)

I'm keen to hear and promote events happening in regional Victoria too, not just Melbourne, so please drop me an email when you hear about launches and events happening around the state. Thank you!
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