Litbits August 12 2017

August 13: Join Louise Page, soprano singer, for conversation and afternoon tea in Winter Tales. National Library of Australia,Conference Room, Level 4. $15 includes afternoon tea. nla.gov.au.

August 14: At 6.30pm in the Molonglo Theatre, JG Crawford Building, Crawford School, 132 Lennox Crossing, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Gail Kelly will discuss her new book, Live, Lead, Learn: My stories of life and leadership. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Pre-book signings at 6pm.

August 17: Cartoonist Judy Horacek will be in conversation with Irma Gold about Horacek's collection of more than 200 cartoons, Random Life, at Paperchain Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP Telephone 6295 6723.

August 18: At 11.30am in the National Library of Australia, Lower Ground 1, The Children's Book Council of Australia and the Library are holding the presentation of the Book of the Year awards and the launch of Book Week 2017, followed by book signings. Free, places limited. nla.gov.au.

August 18: Paul Field, author of Gimme Shelter, telling the stories of 16 returned service men and women, will be in conversation with David Savage and Don Barnby at 5.45 for 6pm at Paperchain Manuka. RSVP Telephone 6295 6723.

August 19: Andrew McDonald's book of poems Night Music will be launched by Geoff Page at Muse Canberra at 3.30 for 4pm. Admission free. Musecanberra.com.au.

August 25: The Canberra Writers Festival 2017 - theme: Power, Passion, Politics- is on until August 27, beginning today from 9am to 9pm in the National Library's Conference Room, Ferguson Room, Foyer, Theatre, Level 4. Ticket prices vary. See: canberrawritersfestival.com.au.

August 25: Gordon Ramsay, the Minister for Arts and Community Events will launch Frances Isaac's novel, ISABEL: I'll walk with you again, in the Ferguson Room of the National Library of Australia at 1pm. Admission free.

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: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 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. 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.

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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The story Litbits August 12 2017 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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