Book events in Perth

Perth readers have a bit to look forward to in June with events happening in the city and down south where the Margaret River Writers & Readers Festival starts this weekend.

The festival has an impressive program of authors and speakers that includes Michael Palin, Robert Drewe, Joan London, Kerry O’Brien, Clementine Ford, Tim Costello, Stephanie Alexander, Jane Caro and more.

Subiaco Library and Boffins Books are hosting Paul E. Hardisty for the launch of his new book Reconciliation For The Dead. The evening will include the author in conversation with special guest David Whish-Wilson.

Boffins Books also have Quarterly Essayist Anna Krien speaking about the Great Barrier Reef and climate change. The event is being held at The UWA Oceans Institute.

Also in June at UWA, Tony Kevin, author and former diplomat will giving a free talk to discuss his new book Return to Moscow. And Winthrop Professor Robert White will be giving a free public lecture on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

Perth Writers Festival and more

It’s almost festival time in Perth with the Perth Writers Festival kicking off next month. Browse through the full program of over 140 events.

Kudos to whoever put Alberto Manguel, Jane Smiley and Damon Young on the same panel to talk about The Art of Reading. I have heard (and read) Manguel on similiar topics before and this panel session should be memorable. Manguel is in conversation with Phillip Adams in another session titled Life of Curiosity.

Also promising is The China Effect with Madeleine O’Dea, Madeleine Thien and Mei Fong.

Not long after the festival, philosopher and author A. C. Grayling is visiting Perth and speaking at the wonderful new City of Perth Library on 31 March. This event is organised by the good people at Boffins Books and that’s where you book your tickets.

Do not say we have nothing

donotsaywehavenothingWriter Madeleine Thein will be a guest at the upcoming Perth Writers Festival. She is the author of three novels and her latest, Do not say we have nothing, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. The novel follows the lives of three musicians and their families through tumultuous events in China’s modern history. You can hear this delightful and informative interview Madeliene Thein recorded with Canada’s CBC Radio.

Perth Writers Festival 2017

Early news for the Perth Writers Festival 2017 is out with many visiting authors already announced. The festival will run from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 February 2017.

The lineup of international authors appearing includes Chinelo Okparanta, Jane Smiley and Alberto Manguel.

Something new and interesting for 2017 will be the Courtyard Sessions  – evening sessions held in the courtyard at the State Theatre Centre.

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