Litbits August 26 2017

A PHOENIX RISING

The rebirth of the Canberra Region of The Fellowship of Australian Writers will be introduced at the Canberra Writers Festival on Saturday, August 26, with a display of the many anthologies ACT FAW members have produced.They invite practising and potential writers to visit their Canberra Festival stall at Old Parliament House on Saturday, or contact them on 0417 692 018 or pwau@bigpond.com.

What's on

August 26: At Lower Ground 1, National Library of Australia at 1.30pm children's book writer and publisher Susan Hall and illustrator Cheryl Westenberg will llead a writing and drawing workshop to show children how to create their own superhero story. Suitable for aspiring writers and illustrators aged five to eight. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Bookings: contact 6262 1111 or nla.gov.au/event/childrens-workshop.

August 27: In the free event Japan: Real or Imagined?, translator Meredith McKinney and novelist Mark Henshaw will explore literary connections between Australia and Japan through their own work as writers, readers and translators at 10.30am at the Conference Room, Level 4,National Library of Australia. Bookings required: canberrawritersfestival.com.au

August 30: At Muse Canberra, The Long Table from noon to 1.30pm features lunch with Hugh Mackay, author of Selling the Dream. Tickets $75 include two-course meal, drink, tea or coffee and a copy of the book. musecanberra.com.au.

August 30: Poet Maggie Shapley's first collection, Proof, will be launched by Professor Paul Hetherington at the National Library of Australia Bookshop at 6pm. Admission free. nla.gov.au.

September 6: Senator Sam Dastyari will be in conversation about his memoir One Halal of a Story at Harry Hartog Bookseller at Westfield Woden at 6 for 6.30pm. Limited seating. Bookings: eventbrite.com.au/e/one-halal-of-a-story-sam-dastyari-in-conversation-tickets-36920263502.

September 6:Seeing Through Snow by Matthew Higgins, a novel of discovery and transformation, will be launched by Professor Peter Stanley at 6pm in the National Library of Australia foyer. Bookings essential: 6262 1424.

September 7: Cartoonist Judy Horacek will talk about her book Random Life in the National Library of Australia Theatre at 6pm. Tickets: $20 (includes book signing and refreshments) Bookings:. nla.gov.au/event/author-talk-with-judy-horacek.

September 12: At 6pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU will be a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event with Julian Burnside QC in conversation with Professor Simon Rice on Burnside's new book Watching Out. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

September 13: Artist Katherine Boland's memoir Hippy Days, Arabian Nights will be launched at Muse Canberra at 5.30 for 6pm. Admission free. musecanberra.com.au.

September 13: The next Poetry in the House reading at University House features Chris Wallace-Crabbe (Melbourne), Lizz Murphy (Binalong, NSW) and Paul Hetherington (Canberra) at 7.30pm in the Fellows Bar at University House. Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

September 19: At 6.30pm in the China in the World Auditorium, ANU, Benjamin Law and Professor Mary Lou Rassmussen will be in conversation on Law's new Quarterly Essay, Sexuality, Schools and the Media. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

September 20: At 6pm in the Conference Room, Sir Roland Wilson Building ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Stuart Kells will be in conversation with Colin Steele on Kells's new book The Library, which covers great libraries of the world and how they are portrayed in fiction. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

September 20: At Muse Canberra at 6pm, Kim Scott brings his latest novel Taboo, based on a massacre in WA Noongar country, to town, in conversation with Phillip Hall. musecanberra.com.au.

September 24: At Muse Canberra at 3pm, Chris Womersley will discuss his novel City of Crows, set in 1670s France. $12 includes a drink. musecanberra.com.au.

September 28: At Muse Canberra at 6pm, join the editor and two contributors of Mad Hatters and March Hares: New stories of Alice in Wonderland. Musecanberra.com.au.

October 11: At 7pm in The Hall, University House, at Eat Drink and Be Political, Gareth Evans will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Evans' s new book, Incorrigible Optimist. A Political Memoir. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Pre-book signings at 6.15pm.

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This story Litbits August 26 2017 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.