Good Reading : August 2001
bookings Victoria Cost: Date: Join Catherine Hamlin for Lunch Catherine Hamlin will talk about her new book, The Hospital by the River, which is her inspirational story of establishing a midwifery school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and her life’s work there. Venue: Bookings: Required Further Information: Tel. 03 9650 5282 or fax 03 9650 9373 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. $45.00 (incl. GST) or $40.50 for members of The Age Book Club. Ticket price includes a light antipasto luncheon and a copy of The Age. Tuesday, 14 August, 12.15 for 12.30pm Lunch with Mitch Albom – Author of Tuesdays with Morrie Venue: Hilton on the Park, 192 Wellington Pde, East Melbourne Bookings: Required Further Information: Tel. 03 9650 5282 or fax 03 9650 9373 or email email@example.com. Cost: $65.00 (incl. GST) or $58.50 for members of The Age Book Club. Ticket price includes a two course luncheon and a copy of The Age. Date: Wednesday, 5 September, 12 noon for 12.30pm Writers in Focus – Jennifer Rowe and Lindy Cameron in conversation with Sue Turnbull Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette (Entry 3) Bookings: Required Further information: Phone 03 9669 9799 or www.slv.vic.gov.au Cost: Date: $10/$8 concession and Library Foundation Members Tuesday, 21 August, 6.30 - 8.00pm Two Canadian Clubs & Dry at the Martini Den Gabrielle Williams talks about her novel Two Canadian Clubs & Dry At The Martini Den, which is a sharp, sassy novel for those who adore designer shoes, funky hang-outs and a damned good laugh. Gabrielle Williams was one of the runners-up in the 2000 Flamingo/HQ short story competition. Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon St, Carlton Bookings: Required Further Information: 03 9347 6633 Cost: Date: Free Thursday 16 August, 6.30pm Michael Hyde Launch AFL Footballer Richard Osborne will launch Tyger, Tyger by Michael Hyde, the author of Max. Tyger, Tyger is about young men growing up; the symbols that guide our lives; fathers and sons; and the poetry of sport. Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon St, Carlton Bookings: Required Further Information: 03 9347 6633 Cost: Date: Free Friday, 31 August from 6.30pm 24 John Birmingham In issue 2 of the Quarterly Essay, John Birmingham critically examines the Australia-Indonesia relationship. His essay, Appeasing Jakarta: Australia’s Complicity in the East Timor Tragedy, is a controversial account of the Australian government’s complex, dysfunctional relationship with Indonesia, viewed through the prism of the East Timor disaster. Combining harrowing eyewitness accounts of the regime’s murderous activities in East Timor with complex insights into the nature of Indonesian politics, Birmingham’s The Grand Hyatt, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne essay blends narrative and analytic writing in an edgy, modern style, which is rare in this field. John Birmingham is a journalist and author of five best-selling books, including He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, which has been adapted for the screen and opens soon. John will be discussing and answering questions about the essay. Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon St, Carlton Bookings: Required Further Information: 03 9347 6633 Cost: $10/$8 Date: Wednesday, 23 August from 6.30pm The Age Melbourne Writers’ Festival From 24 August to 2 September at the CUB Malthouse, Melbourne, Town Hall and other venues around Melbourne. Tickets go on sale from 23 July. Phone (03) 9685 5111 or, for more information phone the Festival office on (03) 9645 9244. Among the literary luminaries coming to Melbourne for the festival are V. S. Naipaul, crime writers Christopher Brookmyre and James Grippando; adventurer Eric Hansen; the author of The Surgeon of Crowthorne, Simon Winchester; the author of E=mc2 , David Bodanis; and novelists Magnus Mills and Peter Cunningham. Please note this is a selection of the events only. Please contact the festival office for more information or visit www.mwf.com.au for more details. Friday, 24 August at 8.00pm Bill Bryson will discuss such pressing issues as the exasperations of modern life, George W. Bush and the dumbing down of America and he will also answer the vital question of why all animals hate him and always will. Friday, 24 August Lunch at the Law Institute’s restaurant, The Snail & Bottle and hear a vigorous debate on Scientific Principles Monday, 27 August at 8.00 pm at Melbourne’s Coroner’s Court where ‘Crime – Is Truth Stranger than Fiction?’ will be discussed by journalist and true crime writer, John Silvester and novelist Shane Maloney. Thursday, 30 August Julian Burnside QC will chair a discussion on crime and the law – ‘Behind the Crime Scenes’. Thursday, 30 August at 8.00pm Literary superstar V. S. Naipaul in discussion with Robert Dessaix at the Melbourne Town Hall. Youth Literature Days are Monday, 27 August to Thursday, 30 August. For the younger reader the festival will hold The Great Harry Potter Quiz and Harry Potter Celebrity Readings as well as an extensive program over the four days of the Youth Literature festival. Harry Potter’s Quiz and Readings will be held at the CUB Malthouse on Tuesday, 28 August at 6.00pm and 8.00pm respectively. At the Cook Book Cafe you can buy the book, get the autograph, read the recipe, taste the food and chat with the author. Leading food writers including Charmaine Solomon, Maggie Beer and Ian Hemphill will be there to meet their readers; their books will be the inspiration for the menu at the Malthouse Café during the period.