The Blogging, the Book Launch and the Cool Stuff Happening Soon

I hate doing ‘update’ blogs and yet some­times they are a nec­es­sary part of every blogger’s blog feed. I will attempt to demu­n­dane the expe­ri­ence by using head­ings. Let’s see how I go at the whole demu­n­daneifi­ca­tion. (Ooh, I should go patent that word).


It’s a while since I’ve been on this blog. Some­times writ­ers must take time off writ­ing so they can con­cen­trate on their writ­ing. Y’know? As well as work­ing on Book Num­ber Two I was also blog­ging over at the Inside A Dog web­site last month. Among other things I did dur­ing my month-long blog­ging res­i­dency over there, were inter­views with all the authors who have been short­listed for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Read­ers award. Here are all of the blog posts I did:

The Blog Post with the Bor­ing Intro­duc­tions
The Blog Post with the Cereal Boxes as Book Cov­ers
The Blog Post about how CBCA Short­listed Authors are the Rock Stars of YA
The Blog Post with Penny Tangey, author of Lov­ing Richard Feyn­man
The Blog Post about Bad Book Ideas
The Blog Post inter­view­ing Jus­tine Lar­balestier, author of Liar
The Blog Post about the Girl With The Dragon Book Tat­toos
The Vlog Post where Lucy Christo­pher talks about her books Stolen & Flyaway

The Blog Post with My Guide to the ‘Other’ Graphic Nov­els By Well-Known Graphic Nov­el­ists
The Blog Post inter­view­ing Glenda Mil­lard, author of A Small Free Kiss In The Dark
The Blog Post about That One Book You Did at School and Actu­ally Loved
The Blog Post ‘doing cof­fee’ with David Met­zen­then, author of Jarvis 24
The Blog Post inter­view­ing Judith Clarke, author of The Winds of Heaven
The Blog Post about Mid­dle Grade Fic­tion and its Place in the World (Which Seems Obvi­ous, But Isn’t)


In other news I attended the launch of fel­low writer Kim Kane’s pic­ture book Fam­ily For­est last week. Fam­ily For­est is a real charmer — a pic­ture book about a mod­ern fam­ily that is more like a fam­ily for­est than a fam­ily tree.

You might have heard of Kim before because she wrote the excel­lent YA novel Pip: The Story of Olive a cou­ple of years ago. Fam­ily For­est is her first and only pic­ture book, although that won’t be the case for long as her sec­ond — The Veg­etable Ark: A Tale of Two Brothers — comes out in August. She’s a pic­ture book machine right now.

That’s Kim and the illus­tra­tor of Fam­ily For­est Lucia Mas­ci­ullo above at the book launch at Read­ings Port Mel­bourne. Lucia was raised in Tus­cany, now lives in Bris­bane and is also the illus­tra­tor of (name drop alert) Sonya Hartnett’s new pic­ture book The Boy and the Toy.


And I’m appear­ing at the Dog’s Bar in St Kilda, Mel­bourne next Thurs­day night as part of the Dog’s Bar’s ongoing Sto­ry­telling nights, which have been get­ting a bit of press lately. I’ll be ‘spin­ning yarns’ as the warm-up act for another great YA author — Kathy Charles — from 8pm. Kathy’s cool book Hol­ly­wood Ending was pub­lished here last year (which has since been short­listed for two NSW Premier’s Lit­er­ary Awards) and is being pub­lished in the US in August as John Belushi is Dead.

Oh and the Emerg­ing Writ­ers’ Fes­ti­val is on later in May in Mel­bourne too. The full pro­gram can be seen here and as part of one the festival’s From Here to There ses­sions I’ll be chat­ting to Mel­bourne artist Stephanie Brotchie about a project she ran last year called A Nov­elty, which was a lit­er­ary trea­sure hunt/interactive novel that took place in and around Melbourne.

And that’s all I have. Hope I man­aged to demu­n­danel­ize the com­mon ‘update’ blog post. And now I’m off to patent every demu­n­dane suf­fix I can think of.

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