Meet the Author
May 6: In an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event from 6-7pm, Hugh Mackay will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Mackay's new book The Kindness Revolution, exploring how to find the best in ourselves and in our society in both good and troubled times. Manning Clark Auditorium, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU. Registrations at anu.edu.au/events.
May 25: In an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event from 6-7pm, ABC China correspondent Bill Birtles will be in conversation with Hugh White on Birtles' new book, The Truth about China, a compelling examination of Chinese-Australian relations. Cinema, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU. Registrations at anu.edu.au/events.
Dr Ouchy launch
The picture book Dr Ouchy and Nurse Piggy: Baby Shark's Troublesome Tooth Fiasco by Canberra surgeon Tetyana Kelly with illustrations by Cat Soper will be launched on May 22 at Civic Pub at 3pm.
Canberran Kate Fullagar won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000) in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards for her book The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist: Three lives in an age of empire (Yale University Press). Former Canberran Dylan Van Den Berg won the Nick Enright Playwriting Award ($30,000) for his play Milk, which will be on at The Street Theatre in June.
May 2: At 3pm, Pip Williams will talk about her book The Dictionary of Lost Words in which Esme collects words that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. musecanberra.com.au.
May 5: At 6pm, Linda Jaivin will talk about her book The Shortest History of China with ANU's Yun Jiang. musecanberra.com.au.
May 8: At 4pm will be the first in a series looking at influential people in the ACT and the books that have influenced them. The Custodians, hosted by the ABC's Dan Bourchier, features Ngunnawal elder Caroline Hughes, Magistrate Louise Taylor and Euahlayi man Bhiamie Williamson. musecanberra.com.au.
May 16: At 3pm, Anita Heiss will discuss her book Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams), about a woman's search for lost family and country. musecanberra.com.au
May 23: At 3pm, Irma Gold will discuss her book The Breaking, about the bond between two women and the enduring cost of animal exploitation. musecanberra.com.au.
May 25: At 8pm, The Translations Book Club journeys to the Congo in May with Fiston Mwanza Mujila's Tram 83 (trans: Roland Glasser).musecanberra.com.au.
May 26: At 6.30pm, The OzLit Book Club will discuss Irma Gold's The Breaking. musecanberra.com.au.
June 5: At 4pm, Krissy Kreen will discuss her book The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen, tracing her grandmother's early life. musecanberra.com.au.
May 16: Text/ure is a collaboration between Canberra poet and artist Sarah Rice and community choir Oriana Chorale. Rice's poetry was the basis of six new choral compositions for the choir to sing, accompanied by visual art made in response to the music. It's on at Canberra Girls Grammar Hall at 3pm. trybooking.com/book/search?keyword=text%2Fure.
National Library of Australia
May 1-2: In the Theatre, Lower Ground 1, from 10am to 5pm are live screenings from the Sydney Writers' Festival. Free, bookings essential. nla.gov.au.
ACU Prize for Poetry
Entries are now open for the 2021 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry, with a first prize of $10,000. The theme for 2021 is Resilience, reflecting on Jaeda DeWalt's supposition, "When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience," and Sharon Salzberg's thesis, "Resilience is based on compassion for ourselves as well as compassion for others." Entries close on July 5 and winners will be announced on September 7, 2021. Enquiries: email@example.com. More information: artsandculture.acu.edu.au.
Tough Guy Book Club
The Canberra chapter of the Tough Guy Book Club will meet at 7pm at King O'Malley's, 131 City Walk, Canberra, on May 5 and June 2. For more information, phone Darren Saffin on 0411 089 209.
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