There is also a Night Beach GIVEAWAY for those of you who are in the States. Thanks to Jenny on both counts, especially for the fantastic questions.
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If, like me, you are in love with Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles, then you’ll be overjoyed to know that the third book in the trilogy is about to be born – Quintana of Charyn.
And if you live in Sydney, you’ll be even happier, because you can come along to the launch. I’ll be doing an “in conversation” with Melina, that will focus on her process in writing these extraordinary stories.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 / 6.00 for 6.30pm
Venue: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
RSVP: gleebooks – 9660 2333
Eagar is in fine control of her Gothic material. The tone is brooding rather than frightening, moody rather than suspenseful, and gives the reader space to interpret the way the world tilts for Abbie … the characters, the powerful ocean setting, the descriptions of surfing, the exposure of a particular masculinity, the exploration of the creative impulse, and Abbie’s journey from uncertainty to acceptance, produce some fine writing indeed.
Apologies to anybody who”d changed their plans, but unfortunately the event at Manly Library is not going ahead!
Bit of a bummer, I know. Maybe you can do what I will do instead – have a bath with Red Queen and a bottle of Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise and drown my sorrows.
Thursday 20th September, 2012
I’ll be participating in Re(a)d or White, as part of the Manly Arts Festival.
This one’s for the ADULTS among you, as there’ll be drinking involved and posh voices. Each of the panellists will be picking a book to discuss and pairing it with a wine. I’ve picked Honey Brown’s Red Queen. Why? Because she’s one of my favourite writers. I could go on and on about her writing, but to hear that you’ll have to come along.
I’m pairing it with Wirra Wirra’s Scrubby Rise, because it’s a blend of three grape varieties. Those of you who’ve read the book will now be nodding knowingly. I know, I thought I was clever, too. Apparently it’s a risky move in wine making and the book is risky, too – in the best way! Dark, brooding, a little bit wrong, but oh so right.
Where: Manly Library, Market Place, Manly
When: Thurs 20 Sept, 6pm
Cost: $15 adult
Contact: 9976 1747, www.manly.nsw.gov.au
PS Stay tuned because more incoming upcomings soon.
Night Beach made the Centre for Youth Literature’s shortlist for the Gold Inky – yay! See if you can pick it in the line-up.
Hopefully you guys feel inspired to read all of these books, and you will love them equally, but then vote for me.
Just kidding. Kind of.
But! To vote you must be between 12 and 20 years of age, not just young at heart, and you can do it here before the 14th of October.
Hey, those of you who know me won’t be surprised by this, but I told you the wrong thing. (Note to self: brush up on details.) Volume 3 Issue 4 of the Review of Australian Fiction containing short stories by Melina Marchetta and me is OUT NOW.
It can be yours for $2.99 (or you could subscribe and get a whole heap of awesome writing) and you can read it anytime, anywhere, because this baby is digital.
Molasses is dedicated to Kelly H. & Trish E. Thanks Matt for putting it in there!
PS I’ve just read Melina’s story, and I LOVE it! I want a book four in the Lumatere Chronicles, and I want it to feature Celie and Banyon. I’ll present those demands to her next time I see her.
I’ve written a short story – well, strictly speaking it’s in the long story form, clocking in at 14,000 words, not that I was counting or anything …
It’s called Molasses. And it will be published in the Review of Australian Fiction on the 14th of August, along with a story by Melina Marchetta, which she tells me is called Ferragost, and you can read what she has to say about it here.
The Review is available electronically, for anyone, anywhere, and you can purchase it for the princely sum of $2.99. I will nudge you again when it comes out.
If you want to read about how I wrote this story, you can do that here. If you are a writer and you are struggling with whatever it is you’re working on, it will probably make you feel better.